The world and society constantly relay the message that the Christian truth has been found wanting, that our truth is not THE truth.
The new movie "Paul, Apostle of Christ" shatters that statement's lie in a resounding way. By reinforcing both the great difficulty in keeping faith and the great peace it brings.
Luke (Jim Cavizel) has come to Rome in the days of Nero to try and help the Christian community and to write down the life and wisdom of Paul (James Faulkner).
Luke and the others in the Christian community look out on Rome and see darkness. There is doubt, questioning and even violence for past crimes. And yet Luke and Paul both echo the truth engraved on our Catholic hearts.
"Love is the only way."
And that love is found in Jesus Christ and in the Catholic Church. And just like those early Christians, we find ourselves persecuted, ridiculed and mocked. People question how we can still believe when priests around the world have been accused and even convicted of molesting children.
And sometimes we're even afraid to speak out for fear of losing a job or being seen as intolerant. When people speak of immigrants, pro-life issues or even how the Church needs to "get with the times" we hold our tongues.
We are afraid. We are afraid just as Luke is afraid in "Paul, Apostle of Christ."
Our way is hard but it is still the only way. Love, and the Love of the Catholic Church, remain constant. We continue to believe because truth is non-negotiable. Sometimes people may try to bend it, but still the truth cannot, and will not, ever break.
The faith is hard. The Catholic Church asks much of us. As someone discerning priesthood right now, and feeling a strong pull each day, I know how hard it can be. But we must remember that love and grace continue to abound.
When Catholic pro-life rallies are shut down, we will stand up.
When Catholics march side-by-side with our brothers in sisters for civil rights and for the protection of our children, we will stand up.
When society says the Church much change her teaching on any number of issues which their relativistic vision says are correct, we must stand up.
We must stand up and be authentically Catholic in the world today. No matter or nationality, ethnicity or race. We are united along The Way.
And that Way is Jesus Christ.