You often hear people complaining that hit is hard to be a good Catholic. It is hard. Nobody ever said it was easy. Christ Himself did not say it was easy; He told us to take up our cross and follow Him, and it is not easy to carry a cross. But always remember this. It is hard to be a Catholic because it is a position of great honor. Farmer White was very proud of his farmyard. He had all kinds of animals in it-prize horses, fat pigs, beefy cows. He was proud of them all but was proudest of his white doves. He had a hundred of them. People used to look at them and say, "How white they are-just like angels." The doves lived very happily in their dovecot and were very proud of their whiteness. But one day they let themselves be talked into something. One dove, who has been sulking in the corner of the dovecot for months, hopped up onto the top of the cot and made a speech. "Fellow doves," he said, "I am starting a new society which is to be called the S. P.W.I.W.D.- the Society for the Prevention of Whiteness in White Doves. And why, fellow doves? Because we are white, we have to keep white and cannot have as much fun as the other animals in the farmyard do. Look at that fat sow snorting and rolling in the mud. How happy she is. Look at all the other little pigs rollicking in their pigsty. Look at the cows standing up to their knees in that muddy creek, and the horses rolling in the dust. So say, fellow doves, unite! No more whiteness in white doves. Follow me to the pigsty and roll in the mud." So all the doves joined the S.P.W.I.W.D. and went off and rolled in the mud of the pigsty. What fun they had until Farmer White came to see them and show them to some of his friends. That's the way it is when you hear people say it is hard to be a Catholic. It is hard to be a white dove-but is it worth it. Being a white dove is a position of honor. Anyone can be a pig and roll in the mud. But you are the chosen ones of Christ-and because you are children you are his very special chosen ones-and because you are white you should do your best to stay pure. Do not let anyone talk you into joining the S.P.W.I.W.D. This is what St. Paul meant when he wrote to the early Christians in Thessalonica and told them not to be like their pagan neighbors but to keep themselves unspotted from the world. "For God has called us not unto uncleanness, but unto holiness in Christ Jesus our Lord."
~ Heirs of the Kingdom ~