Remember that late 90’s campaign, “what’s your anti-drug?”? On billboards and TV and magazine ads, teens would fill in the blanks on a test form saying what their “anti-drug” was. They would proclaim to the world what passion kept them away from substance abuse.
If one teen boy’s anti-drug was “m|u|s|i|c,” there might be an eye-catching picture of him shredding on a guitar in a garage with his bandmates. Soda cans, not beer bottle, would be popped open and strewn about.
A similar question pertaining to Catholics twenty-somethings is this: “what’s your apostolate?” How do you as a Catholic young adult make Christ your “anti-satan” in this world that is increasingly infiltrated by satan, the father of all lies?What eye-catching image would illustrate how YOU were being a disciple of the Heavenly King?
The Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph no. 863 states:
The whole Church is apostolic, in that she remains, through the successors of St. Peter and the other apostles, in communion of faith and life with her origin: and in that she is ‘sent out’ into the whole world. All members of the Church share in this mission, though in various ways. ‘The Christian vocation is, of its nature, a vocation to the apostolate as well.’ Indeed, we call an apostolate ‘every activity of the Mystical Body’ that aims ‘to spread the Kingdom of Christ over all the earth.‘
Our apostolate is a particular work God that calls us to by name. Through our apostolate, Jesus Christ sheds grace upon grace on us and we are called to pass on His grace to others.
The pope, bishops, and priests have Apostolic authority to transmit “sanctifying grace” through the 7 sacraments. They are spiritual “commanders” on earth. This sanctifying grace goes to the members of the the Church.
Yet it is through lay people like you and me that non-sacramental “actual grace” is transmitted to non-members of the Church! And O, how powerful! Through our apostolates, we can turn hearts who would have never met Christ to Christ!
We are the “church militant” on earth. We are sheep of Christ the Shepherd, but we are also His soldiers! We are disciples out in the trenches in the real world. Our apostolate is to bring Christ to the world, to this battlefield of the culture of LIFE versus the the culture of death.
The world tells young people to “suck the marrow out of life”– to TAKE from life. But Pope John Paul II tells young people to GIVE life: to give genuine gifts of selves to others and to God in order to find genuine happiness.
You are a disciple of Christ. You are soldier fighting for His culture of LIFE. You are called to win thousands of souls to His cause, to make our generation alive again! How will you re-infuse the LIFE of Christ back into this world, so full of empty promises? What’s your apostolate?