When you sign up for Jesus you sign up for truth. You sign up for love. You sign up for prayer and time dedicated to a relationship with God Himself. You sign up for a lot of adventures. You sign up for joy and belonging.
You also sign up for rejection, mockery, and exclusion from the world. This can come in any form to any degree, but if we are called to be the Body of Christ, we are called to be beaten. But what an honor it is to suffer in the name of truth. To carry a cross alongside our Savior.
This study from Endow goes into Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI’s encyclical on the beauty of marriage and life. It was not very popular because of its truth on the dignity in intimate relationships and God’s hand in procreation. I encourage you to look into the mission of Endow and to study what the successors of Christ have written, inspired by the Holy Spirit.
We sign up for a sometimes difficult life, but truth is well worth being counter-cultural.
“If I were not a Catholic, and were looking for the true Church in the world today, I would look for the one Church which did not get along well with the world; in other words, I would look for the Church which the world hated. My reason for doing this would be, that if Christ is in any one of the churches of the world today, He must still be hated as He was when He was on earth in the flesh. If you would find Christ today, then find the Church that does not get along with the world. Look for the Church that is hated by the world as Christ was hated by the world. Look for the Church that is accused of being behind the times, as our Lord was accused of being ignorant and never having learned. Look for the Church which men sneer at as socially inferior, as they sneered at Our Lord because He came from Nazareth. Look for the Church which is accused of having a devil, as Our Lord was accused of being possessed by Beelzebub, the Prince of Devils. Look for the Church which, in seasons of bigotry, men say must be destroyed in the name of God as men crucified Christ and thought they had done a service to God. Look for the Church which the world rejects because it claims it is infallible, as Pilate rejected Christ because He called Himself the Truth. Look for the Church which is rejected by the world as Our Lord was rejected by men. Look for the Church which amid the confusions of conflicting opinions, its members love as they love Christ, and respect its Voice as the very voice of its Founder, and the suspicion will grow, that if the Church is unpopular with the spirit of the world, then it is unworldly, and if it is unworldly it is other worldly. Since it is other-worldly, it is infinitely loved and infinitely hated as was Christ Himself. But only that which is Divine can be infinitely hated and infinitely loved. Therefore the Church is Divine.”
– Fulton Sheen
To learn more about this study, you can find Humanae Vitae here.
To explore the mission of Endow, you can read about them here. They have many different studies on multiple church teachings.