Throughout the world, there are certainly many different opinions on what exactly Catholicism is. Depending on where a person is from and how they were raised, the concept could be described in many opposing ways. It is officially defined as “the faith, practice, or system of Catholic Christianity” (Webster). An opposing viewpoint might say it’s a ridiculous religion full of “robots” that unquestioningly repeat and believe whatever authorities of the church say. There has always been – and I believe always will be – controversy on several different topics regarding Catholicism. Because of this, there will undoubtedly continue to be many distinct self-definitions on this idea. In my mind, Catholicism has a much simpler definition than most people would give it, but the actions that deal with this definition aren’t as easy. I believe Catholicism is centered on the idea of self-giving, a quality that certainly many individuals struggle with every day. Kenosis is the Christian theological term derived from the Philippians hymn that says Christ “though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness” (Phil. 2:6-7). Robert Barron explains that in the hymn “Christ left his natural dwelling place and willingly entered into the limitations of our world in order to transfigure it by his presence” (Barron, 22). Jesus was constantly mimicked and tortured to an extent that we can’t even fully imagine. He suffered and died on the Cross for us and our salvation. Can you think of an act of self-giving that exceeds or is larger than giving your life? Christ’s involuntary acts are what shapes Catholicism. His passion to always put others before himself without a second thought is definitely not something that is easy to do. Barron also brings up “Babette’s Feast”, a story about a cook who wins the lottery and spends all of the money on...
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