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Are You A Lukewarm Catholic? You Better Read This!


 

“I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” (Rv 3:15-16)

For the majority of my life, I was a lukewarm Catholic. I went to Mass each Sunday, received Holy Communion and even went to Confession a few times each year. What’s interesting is that I thought I was being a good Catholic. My attitude at the time – “Hey, I go to Mass each week…what more do you want?”

My problem was that I…

1. Only prayed when I needed something.
2. Repeatedly committed many serious sins even though I knew they were wrong.
3. Didn’t care about serving others, just myself.
4. Did not read the Bible or any spiritual books.
5. Didn’t feel the need to learn about my Catholic Faith.
6. Never spoke about my Faith to anyone…(c’mon, Catholics don’t evangelize!)
7. Looked down on other Catholics who didn’t attend Mass.

But most of all, my most pathetic quality as a Catholic was that I just didn’t care about my Faith…AT ALL!

Fortunately, I am still alive and have not yet been judged by the Lord. Furthermore, I now do care about my Faith, but I need to be careful each day that I continue to care! When I look at Our Lord’s words about the lukewarm (in the Book of Revelation), I cringe because I know that some people will not take them seriously. If you’re a lukewarm Catholic, please listen to what Jesus is saying. You do not want to hear these words on your judgment day (which could come at any time). I encourage you instead to accept His offer, which appears a few verses later. It is something you’ll never regret!

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, then I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me. I will give the victor the right to sit with me on my throne, as I myself first won the victory and sit with my Father on his throne.” (Rv 3:20-21)

The Bible Verse That Every Lukewarm Catholic Should Read…

If I had to describe my Catholic faith for most of my life, one word comes to mind…

LUKEWARM!

Even though I’ve always been a “practicing” Catholic, most of my life was spent simply going through the motions.  Although I would go to Mass each week, my mind was on the “important” things that I had to do when I got out of Church.  After receiving the Lord in Holy Communion, I would look around, daydream and think about what I should have for lunch.  I’d grab my bulletin and head for my car, happy that I fulfilled my duty as a Catholic and even happier that I wouldn’t have to go again for another week! 

In 2005, a health scare caused me to abandon my uncaring ways and start caring about my faith in a BIG way!  As someone who finally realizes the treasure we have in the Catholic Church, I have dedicated my life to sharing the “Good News” with as many people as possible.  While I fully believe that the Lord used my illness to get my attention, I wonder how long He was actually calling me before I finally listened? 

While I can’t guarantee that it would have brought about my reversion sooner, I believe that the following Bible verse may done the trick.  It should get the attention of every lukewarm Catholic.  I don’t know how the Lord could be any more blunt with His message.  It’s a message that is directed to anyone who doesn’t care that they don’t know more about their Catholic faith.  It’s a message that just may have gotten me to “wake up” several years ago.  It’s a message you should share with any lukewarm Catholics you care about…

“I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot.  I wish you were either cold or hot.  So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”  (Revelation 3:15-16)

Hello, Amarillo!

Today at 12 Noon Central, I’ll have the pleasure of visiting with Sister Miriam Grady on her radio program, Catholics In Action.   I’ve been on the show in the past and I’m looking forward to catching up with Sister Miriam and sharing the “Good News” of the Catholic Faith with my brothers and sisters in the Amarillo area.

We’ll speak about my transformation from a lukewarm Cradle Catholic to someone “on fire” for Jesus Christ, how I’m actually mentioned in the Bible (sort of…Rev 3:15-16), my encounter with the Lord on the road to Emmaus (I was the unmentioned 3rd disciple who walked beside Jesus and never knew it!) and my advice for getting closer to Christ.

For more information about Saint Valentine Catholic Radio and the good work they do in the Texas Panhandle, visit their website.