How can I defend the Catholic Church? There are people within the Church who have done horrible things and treated people badly. These people can make others question whether or not they should support and defend the Church. Fr. Josh Johnson responds to this question and shares why Christians should defend the Church.
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“The Church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.”
The Importance of Prison Ministry
- “Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them; and those who are ill-treated, since you also are in the body” (Hebrews 13:3)
- “I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me” (Matthew 25:35)
- “And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’ ” (Matthew 25:40)
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Finding a Priority in the Spiritual Life
The enemy can easily distract us in our spiritual lives by overwhelming us with a long list of action items. The best way to avoid this temptation is to focus on one goal at a time. What is one thing in your spiritual life that you can grow in?
Glory Story (1:34)
How can we defend the Catholic Church when there is corruption and sin within her?
Saint Story: St. Vincent Ferrer (17:35)
St. Vincent Ferrer was born in Spain in 1357. At the age of twenty-seven, he entered the Order of St. Dominic. He spent years in study and gave lectures on philosophy. When Cardinal Pedro de Luna became pope at Avignon, he assigned St. Vincent to his staff. In his role, St. Vincent made significant efforts to put an end to the great schism. He also put a lot of effort into missionary work. He visited and evangelized many areas in Spain and then continued his efforts in other European countries.
St. Vincent Ferrer died in 1419. His feast day is April 5th.
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Meet Fr. Josh Johnson
While Fr. Josh was raised Catholic, he didn’t like the Church growing up. Then, one day in adoration, he fell in love with Jesus and received the call to become a priest.
Now, Fr. Josh is the Vocations Director of the Diocese of Baton Rouge in Louisiana. He is a presenter in four of Ascension’s programs: Altaration, YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body, The 99, and Connected: Catholic Social Teaching for This Generation, as well as the author of Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation, Pocket Guide to Adoration, and co-author of Pocket Guide to Reconciliation.