70 – Our faith is revolutionary – A Christian who is not revolutionary is not a Christian! – Help me to keep making a racket!

Throughout the ages, stories of heroes – whether true or legendary – have thrilled the hearts of the young.   As a result of the disinterested courage and idealism characteristic of their age-group, adolescents dream of great undertakings. To such hearts, burning with desire for heroism, the Church has always presented models that would stimulate true valor, perfect audacity, and authentic generosity – in a word, sanctity. Who is not touched by the courageous lives of young people such as Saint Agnes, Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, and Saint Maria Goretti? Or by the youthful resolutions carried on to maturity with the determination of a Saint Ignatius or Saint Francis? Which of them did not face risks with heroic bravery? These saints are an example for youth, and adults, of all times. They fought and won the greatest of all battles – the struggle against oneself, against one’s passions and weaknesses – with the arms of prayer, sacrifice, and virtue.

At a certain point in history, there suddenly appeared another type of ‘heroism’ characterized by a dubious abnegation with regard to dangerous utopias, the difficult achievement of which would be at the cost of uncertain means, and would give even more uncertain fruits. Historians tend to reveal how behind this so-called disinterestedness there were often concealed corrupt personal interests, or the desire to satisfy the worst passions. All this because in these ‘puppet-heroes’ there was no real giving of themselves to an ideal, but rather egoism manipulated by hidden hands, with very specific ideological intentions. The cry of ‘revolution’– whether to the sound of the bayonet and guillotine, under the hammer and sickle, or in any of the thousand and one facets shown throughout the last centuries – has been the perfect excuse to maneuver the most perverse instincts, often with the desire to destroy the Catholic Church, good customs, or venerable and millenary institutions. Because of all of this, the word ‘revolution’ has connotations that no Catholic can accept…

Which brings to mind the young saints mentioned earlier…would it be conceivable that one of them brandish the flag of some revolution? Can this be considered the war-cry of sanctity?
Lately, we have heard another variant of the word ‘revolution’. Now the expression used is ‘hacer lío’, which signifies ‘make a racket, or make a mess, or even stir up hell!’ Within the Church ‘making a racket’ is insistently being promoted. Making a racket on the streets, in the diocese, in families, in society…. Stirring up, making a racket, a mess… was this Jesus’ plan for his Church? What to think of all this? And the most surprising was to hear at the end of his trip to the Continent of Hope, the one who should be the ‘Sweet Christ on Earth’ say: ‘help me to keep making a mess’ (Paraguay, July 11, 2015).

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Teachings of the Magisterium

Enter in the various parts of our study

ContentsAuthors

I – The characteristics of a true Christian
II – Virtues that should characterize the youth of the Church
III – Obedience is one of the most important traits of Catholics


I – The characteristics of a true Christian


John Paul II

This idea of Christ as a revolutionary, the subversive man from Nazareth, does not tally with the Church’s catechesis

Benedict XVI

Christians should deepen their knowledge of the faith and live consistently with it

John Paul II

We need a praying and adoring faith, shown in moral integrity of life
The attachment to Christ should be strengthened by unshakable fidelity to the Gospel
The Church needs prayerful souls who ceaselessly sing the praises of the Most Holy Trinity
Be convinced Christians!

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

‘Be you therefore perfect, even as your heavenly Father is perfect’

Pius XI

The true Christian lives according to the eternal principles of justice

Leo XIII

Faith must preserve and nourish the moral life

II – Virtues that should characterize the youth of the Church


Sacred Scripture

Parents should not permit insolence in their children

John Paul II

Obedience without reserve is the mark of the saints
Young people should be willing to live and die for Christ
The faith of a young person should be strong, joyful, and hardworking

John XXIII

The formation of youth requires piety in order to combat indiscipline

Pius XII

Formation of youth: in prayer, in sacrifice and in the fulfillment of duties
Youth should prepare themselves for the narrow way
Youth should prepare themselves for the narrow way

Pius XI

The young person’s battlefield is his own interior

Saint Augustine of Hippo

Young men: be humble

III – Obedience is one of the most important traits of Catholics


 Sacred Scripture

Whoever resists authority brings judgment upon himself

Paul VI

Catholics owe obedience to the constituted authority

Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

To refuses to obey authority is to resist God, who appointed it

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

For centuries Christians have distinguished themselves by the fulfilment of their duties

Pius XII

It is necessary to dissipate the atmosphere of independence and excessive liberty

Pius X

A vice common to the enemies of the faith: repudiating all respect and obedience for authority

Pius IX

To resist authority is to resist the ordering made by God Himself
The very nature of human society obligates its members to obey the lawfully established authority

Gregory XVI

Certain teachings are being spread: the torches of treason are being lit everywhere

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