Catholics are called, yes, to engage with the society around them, but not to adapt ourselves to the popular sentiments of our time. Many Catholic teenagers struggle today with this idea of going against the culture.
Instead, Catholics are called to live in radical service to our God. This also includes letting go of pleasure as the path to happiness (spoiler: it’s not). the Catholic Church is radical, but in a good way. They are constantly inundated with so much ‘pleasure’, they fear ridicule if they question any of it, or hesitate to participate. They do not want to betray the other (and many times, the other is a family member or close friend).
(Matthew NAB) The Church has always recognized the necessity for rules (and always will). Instead, they see rules as an infringement upon freedom (No rules = true freedom).
During the last World Youth Day Pope Francis told the youth of our world: “…be revolutionaries” and “swim against the tide”. Being counter-cultural “includes letting go of pleasures as the path to happiness.” Rules also build self-control.
Pope Paul VI, in his monumental encyclical Humane Vitae (July 1968), made some startling predictions about what would happen if contraception became widely accepted.
It has been over 45 years since this document was written and people still believe he was wrong.
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The Catholic Church is mentioned in conversation and all anyone can say is, “The Church is about rules! ” This comment is usually made by someone who feels they are perfectly capable of making decisions without the interference of religion.We find countless examples where God gives us freedom before He institutes rules.I will concentrate on three specific examples from Sacred Scripture that prove this point. At the beginning, God gives Adam and Eve dominion over all the earth; the plants, animals, all living things.(John 8:1-11 NAB) This crime was punishable by death (stoning). Her response is, “No one, sir”, to which Jesus exclaims, “Neither do I condemn you. “If you love me, you would let me live my life my way! Whenever I hear people talk about the lack of love in our world, I am quick to remind that love is indeed, everywhere, however it mostly exists in a misconstrued form.” When I was teaching moral theology, my students learned a definition for love, composed by Eric Fromm: “Love is the active concern for the life and growth of that which we love.” Active concern means you always care.Jesus says the one without sin may throw the first stone, and as He begins to write on the ground, each man leaves the area. Life and growth entails all forms of life and growth of your beloved (intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual). Everything in our world needs to be regulated, especially our behavior (and for good reason). We need rules so our lives can correspond with God’s original plan for us.