GET REAL !
The young people seen above on the Ponte Vecchio in beautiful Florence were no doubt not predominantly English speakers. However to receive from English-speaking youth the withering response "Get Real! "had some currency a few years back. To be on the receiving end of it was a disconcerting experience, with little prospect of making an effective response. When some comforting attitude or assumption we had held was challenged as inconsistent with a reality about to be thrust before us, we experienced a rude awakening!
In "FOUNDATION"August 2007 there was a report on the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's Responses re the words "subsists in "used by Vatican II which had given some mischief makers an opportunity to ply their trade. The Responses served to underline the truly unique standing of the Catholic Church, which is, as Dom Prosper Gueranger said over 100 years ago "God's project for the salvation of the world". Yet how many Catholics to-day are reduced to some form of ecumenical jelly in defending, let alone promoting the Faith.
Again, Our Lord Himself has told us - "Behold I am with you all days even to the consummation of the world ."And He is in our midst : Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Blessed Sacrament in our tabernacles in every Catholic Church. Do you see throngs of Catholics paying visits to His Divine Presence? Or attending daily Mass? Or do you find locked churches and Masses at hours inconvenient to many or not even every day of the week?
Our Lord's sacred name is regularly profaned in daily speech and in the mass media. Do we His loyal believers protest? If we ,25% of the population did protest IT WOULD NOT HAPPEN!
Perhaps we should challenge ourselves, individually and collectively : "GET REAL "! We only get one chance at life and we had better get it right!