When the leaders of the Catholic Church say that faith in today’s world is at an all-time low, and continues to sink, they are sadly mistaken. Belief and worship is at an all-time high! However, this belief and worship has nothing to do with the Church. As the multitudes of people turn away from the Catholic Church because of a lack in faith, they think that they are freeing themselves from a binding belief. Little do these people know that they are throwing themselves full-force into fly traps of secular and shallow beliefs and worship.
As a great man once said; “He who believes in nothing, believes in everything.” Without the help and guidance of the Church, many of these people are willing to believe anything they hear from the media, friends, popular culture, and anything they come in contact with. Flooded by these pop-culture beliefs, the “rebel” takes them all in because now he is supposedly free of all constraint. However, he does not know that these “anything goes” beliefs and practices are constraining him more than he thought the Church could ever do.
But there is no safety-net anymore. All it takes is one person to take control of his life to completely extinguish free will. At this point, he wonders what has happened to his freedom. There is no use in explaining what has happened, because as St. Thomas Aquinas said “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”
The only explanation possible is meant for those not totally blinded by their new “freedom,” is that he, the “rebel,” saw faith as a constraint rather than a pathway to freedom. Through the eyes of the Church, the “rebel” needs to come back because “There is but one Church in which men find salvation, just as outside the ark of Noah it was not possible for anyone to be saved” (St. Thomas Aquinas). Now all we have to do is figure out how we all can get back.