Mark Bocinsky

Silence is Impossible

These days everyone's got an opinion. And everyone wants to prove that their opinion is right.

'The Walking Dead is definitely the best show on TV.'

'No way! Glee is so much better!'

In my personal opinion, a combination of the two would take the country by storm. We'll call it Zombie: The Musical.

TRUE NO MATTER WHAT

Fact: there are some things that vary from person to person (subjective opinion) and there are some things that stand true no matter what (objective truth).

I met a man at a soup kitchen recently and mentioned that I was Catholic. He started talking about how he loved the history of the Church and was inspired by our new Pope, Francis. I took this opportunity to share more of the truth within our Church:

'Did you know, the Catholic Church is the only Church where we receive communion as the actual flesh and blood of Christ?'

Another man walks up from nearby, 'Well, actually, it's a symbol.'

Here we go . . . I had the opportunity right then and there to defend the truth or nod and smile. I chose not to be a coward.

I knew I didn't have all the knowledge to prove this point but I felt in the moment that I had to speak the truth, even if I couldn't intellectually prove it.

IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR US NOT TO SPEAK THE TRUTH

In the Acts of the Apostles, Peter and John spoke fearlessly about the truth of the Resurrection to the Sanhedrin council (the supreme court of ancient Judaism). When they were done, the Sanhedrin leaders were dumbfounded and 'they could say nothing in reply (Acts 4:14).' Not knowing how to respond, the Sanhedrin council threatened the Apostles not to speak any more and told them to leave (Acts 4:18).

But Peter and John responded, 'Whether it is right in the sight of God for us to obey you rather than God, you be the judges. It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard' (Acts 4:19-20).

SHARING THE TRUTH THROUGH WHAT WE HAVE 'SEEN AND HEARD'

The Apostles couldn't explain how Jesus rose from the dead but they still spoke the truth because they experienced His rising in person. I couldn't intellectually or scientifically prove the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist (see CCC 1374) yet I proclaimed it as true because I have experienced what Jesus has done for me through the Eucharist.

The man at the soup kitchen and his friend didn't suddenly believe the truth or ask to become Catholic on the spot but we did pray together and ask God to help us know and follow the truth.

Truth brings freedom if we speak it from a heart of love and we make sure to accept each person even if they don't immediately believe the truth that we've found in Jesus Christ.

Be fearless. Defend the truth.

Mark Bocinsky

About the Author

I'm a former Life Teen Missionary who graduated from the University of Florida with intentions of becoming a teacher. I currently reside in Denver, Colorado and am discerning the Priesthood with the Servants of Christ Jesus.