What is this here thing — The Catholic Zone — all about you ask?
It’s about being proud to be Catholic, and not just in name. It’s about living that faith in a time when the world hates Catholicism and if you are a practicing Catholic, pretty much hates you as well.
After all, it was Jesus Christ Himself who said: “Remember my word that I said to you: The servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you.” (John 15:20)
So if you’re a Catholic, have you felt the heat yet? Do people pick you out for the way you live your Catholic Faith? Do people even know you’re Catholic?
Regardless, it’s time to get into the Zone. The Catholic Zone. Because when you’re Catholic, you are in the only Church that Christ founded: The One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.
Want to put that idea to the test? Get a load of this:
“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 hates. 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 which 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 confusion 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 otherworldly. 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.”
— Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen writing in the preface of Radio Replies volume 1, page IX [slightly edited for readability]
The Catholic Zone is all about living, breathing, and acting like we’re proud to be Catholic. After all, if the world is going to convict you, you might as well give it enough evidence to support the claim. Right?