'Catholic' is a very disparaged word.
Truly, 'Catholic' means the Body and Bride of the Savior of the world. 'Catholic,' moreover, finds its meaning, historically, in those men and women, known as saints, who continually turn from sin in the grace of Divine Mercy, born of the Cross of Jesus Christ, who persistently strive against their fallen nature in the grace of God's overwhelming Love, sacrificing themselves (in large and small acts and prayers) for the salvation of those in the midst of their lives, and those on the periphery of the narrow path of their personal, and social, faith walk.
Yet, for every repentant Peter, and returning John, there is a duplicitous, and cafeteria, Judas tainting the meaning of such a holy word.
And that is precisely why all genuine Catholic's have a Crucified Jesus in the center of every church.
"Judas was numbered among us and was allotted a share in this ministry. For it is written in the Book of Psalms: 'Let his encampment become desolate, and may no one dwell in it.' and: 'May another take his office.' Therefore, it is necessary that one of the men who accompanied us the whole time the Lord Jesus came and went among us... become with us a witness to his resurrection.” Acts 1:15-17, 20-26
Judas freely chose to smear the name of Jesus.
And the spirit which inspired Judas continues his work unto this day.
'Catholic' has been associated, sadly, with cafeteria Catholics who laugh at the teaching, and preaching, of the Pope, and vote for Pro-Choice politicians, vote for Socialists, use contraception and abortifacients, advocate for gay 'marriage,' divorce and remarry--and expect to receive Holy Communion. The witness of such cafeteria types has driven non-Catholics farther and farther away from the Heavenly Banquet, a banquet bathed in a Constitution of the Commandments of Love, centered in the foundation of the Eucharistic Divine Mercy of Jesus Christ.
Catholic'S, moreover, have tarnished the Holy Spirit's fullest manifestation, in the Catholic Church, through progressive politics, antagonistic and heretical catechesis, disobedient consecrated/religious life, promiscuous priestly life, liturgical hi jinx, fat and comfy bishoprics, and a large majority of the laity immersed in the 'word' of 'gods' and 'goddesses.'
Yet God raises a Matthias every day!
"He raises up the lowly from the dust; from the dunghill he lifts up the poor To seat them with princes, with the princes of his own people " Psalm 113:1-8
Catholicism has been blessed with a poor Pope.
And the world is being blessed with the poverty of outcast, and outlaw, Catholic saints.
The rich, fat, and comfy Catholic, the Judas comfortable with PC commandments, the affluent and popular stooge of the progressive-secularist movement, has spent his, or her, thirty pieces of silver and is broke, and broken.
Praise the Lord!
As America teeters on the edge of extinction, and Catholicism, genuine Catholicism, that is, becomes an outlaw practice, the Spirit which inspired the Apostle Matthias is reborn in a generation of countercultural Catholics who don't give a hoot about popular societies persecutory efforts, and live to die with Christ, to be born once again in His Mercy.
"Jesus said to his disciples: 'As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.'" John 15:9-17
So, as Matthias did, so must we.
We must Love Jesus with the Love which follows His Commandments even while Judas betrays us for a mere pittance. We must follow the Apostles, even to the point of imitation of the Lord on His Cross. His Commandments, moreover, must bear witness to His Love for us...even when they are outlawed.
Are we ready to commit the crime of Divine Love?