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Men are usually zealous with the things of the world and slothful when it pertains to the soul and heavenly things.  So, when it comes to worldly matters as going to school, running a business, running for a political office, no matter how complex they are, they entertain the minds of men.  But when it comes to spiritual matters, they choose what is easy, externalized, simple and short.    

This explains why so many Catholics in the U.S., surprisingly enough, in South America and almost everywhere, are transferring to the countless Protestant denominations mushrooming everywhere.  Any man can start his own sect and is able to gather a large crowd almost immediately.  Their common denominator is the presentation of a simplified, shallow form of Christianity that leads, supposedly, to happiness and salvation.  But which according to the original teaching of Christ does not work.  

All of them accept the more obvious doctrines like the existence of God, the immortality of the soul, the existence of good and evil, and rewards for the good and punishment for evil.  But none of them can understand the more sublime doctrines on the Eucharist, the Priesthood and asceticism.

In the Catholic Church, the way to happiness and salvation is simple.  But the manner to go about attaining it is difficult to understand but also simple to execute.  It is like asking:  how do you reach the top of Mr. Everest?  The answer is simple: climb it.  The actual preparation and execution is more complex that few attain it.  And Christ, Himself, said so: "many will try to enter but very few will do so."

Tragically, most Catholics are also simplifying their Catholicism to a few rites and rituals, a few giving here and there and think it is enough for them to deserve heaven.  They are like Protestants within the Church.  They are also wrong.

If we are Catholics, we must know the Catholic doctrine on how to save our souls.  It is the first things we must know.  Though it is found completely in the Tradition of the Holy and Orthodox Fathers of the Church. And, executing what we have learned can be short for a select few but, for most of us, it will take a lifetime.    







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