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Romans 12:16
Wednesday, March 21 2012

The Catholic Elite...

Be careful not to have too high of an opinion of yourself:

"Have the same regard for one another; do not be haughty but associate with the lowly; do not be wise in your own estimation." -Romans 12:16, NAB

Are you a part of the Catholic elite?  Well, I wouldn't exactly say that it's something to be proud of.  The very fact that you consider yourself part of the elite means that you're missing an important part of Christ's message.

Being Catholic is something that we should all be unafraid to share.  But, as we share our faith with the world, we must also be careful not to elevate ourselves too much.  We should not forget who we are, as sinners, or where we came from.

As our faith grows, there is a dangerours pitfall where we become too prideful of our faith.  We look down on those without faith, Christians of other denominations, and even Catholics who are not as active with their faith as we are.  This is the very definition of Catholic elitism, and it is a very dangerous place to be.

There are converts to the Catholic faith, like myself, that have a real zeal for their faith.  That passion is an awesome result of our new found faith.  Where it becomes dangerous is when we forget where we came from and start to look down on others who do not have the same faith as us.  There is even a tendency to look down on those cradle Catholics who do not have that same passion.  We must be careful not to allow our new found faith to lead us to a prideful state.

On the flip side, there are cradle Catholics who look down on "overly zealous" converts.  Somehow, they feel that they hold a special place because they were "born" into the Church.  This can be just as dangerous as being an overzealous convert because of the pride associated with it.  There is no one, yes no one, that is truly better than anyone else.  We are all in this together.

What makes you better than anyone else?  Until the day we call you Saint or Blessed, you are just like the rest of us.  And in case you didn't know, that day will not come until years after you pass away.  So stop putting yourself on a saintly pedestal and come back down to earth with the rest of us.

Christ gave us the ultimate example.  He humbled Himself by coming down and living among us, and not the best of us, but the lowliest of us.  He sat in the company of both saints and sinners.  He lowered Himself so that He could reach the many, not the few.  It is our call as Catholics to do the same.  Let go of your pride, forget who you thought you were, and live among the rest of us humans.  Christ did.

 

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