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  • Writer's pictureMichael Orange

Choosing What is Right Over What is Easy

In the journey of faith, Catholics often confront a profound clash: the choice between what is right and what is easy. This fundamental struggle encapsulates the challenge of adhering to moral and spiritual principles in a world that frequently tempts with shortcuts and compromises.


Choosing what is right aligns with the teachings of Jesus Christ and the moral precepts of the Catholic Church. It requires discernment, courage, and a commitment to living a life that reflects the values of love, compassion, and integrity. This path demands sacrifice and often entails going against the prevailing currents of convenience and self-interest.


What is easy, on the other hand, often presents itself as the path of least resistance. It is the allure of immediate gratification, the seduction of bending principles for personal gain, and the avoidance of discomfort or conflict. This path may promise temporary relief, but it can lead to a hollow existence devoid of true fulfillment and spiritual growth.


For Catholics, the struggle between what is right and what is easy is illuminated by the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Jesus exemplified righteousness in every aspect of His earthly existence. He healed the sick, comforted the afflicted, and championed the marginalized, even when it meant confronting powerful adversaries. His ultimate sacrifice on the cross, for the redemption of humanity, epitomizes the profound commitment to what is right, even in the face of unimaginable suffering.


The Scriptures, too, offer numerous examples of individuals who chose righteousness over expediency. Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his beloved son, Joseph’s forgiveness of his betraying brothers, and the martyrdom of early Christian saints all stand as powerful testimonies to the enduring importance of choosing what is right, regardless of the cost.


In our contemporary world, the struggle continues. It manifests in countless decisions, both large and small. It is present in moments of ethical dilemma in the workplace, in personal relationships, and in societal issues. It challenges us to stand up for justice, to extend a hand of compassion, and to speak truth to power, even when it is uncomfortable or unpopular.


Ultimately, the choice between what is right and what is easy is a defining aspect of a Catholic’s journey of faith. It is a call to live with intentionality, to be guided by conscience and conviction, and to bear witness to the transformative power of choosing righteousness. In these choices, Catholics find not only moral integrity but also a deeper communion with God, who is the ultimate source of all that is good and just. It is in these choices that the richness and depth of a life lived in accordance with faith is revealed, leading towards a closer union with God both in this life and in the promise of eternal communion in Heaven.


Blessings,

Deacon Mike

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