THEY DID NOT UNDERSTAND
It is said that if the whole world
would sit down and think, it would eventually turn Catholic.
But people today don't think.
Most non-Christian religions appeal to
the simple because they are, precisely, simple, easily understood
and easy to put into practice. All Christian sects, in fact,
are similar in that their initiators made the teachings of Christ
easy to understand and salvation easy to attain.
But, in reality, this is not so.
St. Thomas of Aquinas states that every time Christ taught we see
that even the disciples and apostles were described as "they did not
understand." Every time Christ taught He saw to it that His
teachings contained an element of cloud preventing the hearers to
understand them fully. This was His way of discriminating
between the sheep and the goats.
The sheep are the listeners who did not
understand, like the disciples, but who kept the teachings in their
hearts, like the Blessed Virgin Mary and continued to think about
them in an effort to understand them.
The goats are the listeners who did not
understand and, because of this, set aside and threw away what they
have just heard saying: This is a hard saying.
In the world today, man is so engrossed
in the business of the world that they do not have time to think
deeper and longer in an effort to understand their Catholic Faith.
So they transfer to sects that sound Catholic but do not demand too
much thinking. This is the primary reason the Catholic Church
is losing so much of her members to Protestant sects. And
there is no solution to this because even the shepherds or hirelings
do not have time to understand deeper the teachings of the Catholic
To appreciate being a Catholic takes
much and long thinking, much giving up and many sufferings. It
takes plenty of study and praying. And that is a product that
does not sell at all these days.