Faith Is an Option

Faith Is an Option

“Faith is an option, not a given,” says Bob McCarty, Executive Director of National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, during an interview with John Feister for American Catholic Radio.

As for me, I definitely grew up with the idea that my Catholic faith was a given. I went to Catholic grade school and I went to Mass on Sundays. There wasn’t any discussion about whether I was going or not. It was just part of my life.

I also wasn’t exposed to too many other people that weren’t Catholic. Today, however, that certainly isn’t the case for my own kids. Their scope of friends encompasses so many more people with the advent of social media. They experience an incredible amount of diversity on the internet that I was never exposed to as a kid. It’s no wonder that many people today believe that faith is an option, not a given. So I guess that means our task is just a little bit harder when it comes to teaching the faith and being a good witness. We have to compete with so much more these days.

Be a Joyful Example!

Bob also reminded us that people need to see joyful examples of faith. If people don’t see a joyful Catholic Christian in front of them, then it’s going to be much harder to convince them that faith does matter.

So I don’t know about you but I’m going to try a little harder to stay positive, to be a joyful witness to those around me. It’s just a little thing, but as Mother Teresa said: “Do small things with great love.”


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About the Author

Judy Zarick is a producer in the Media department at Franciscan Media. She has worked in both video and radio production, where she has produced music videos, faith-formation programs for video, and the popular "Lenten Radio Retreat" and "Advent Radio Retreat" programs for radio. Her primary jobs are as a wife and as a mother to her four children.