Its quite comforting being in the company of people who share your religious beliefs, for one you know you're not crazy and for the other you know there are people out there like you who are striving to be better Christians and are ready to help you be better yourself. Its really advisable to attend as many good catholic gatherings as you can, it helps you share your views with others and clarify things you don't understand especially with priests (ask them, they're harmless).
Many of us know the basics of Catholic teaching, we know some basic prayers like the "our Father", "Hail Mary" etc. but what we probably don't know or don't understand are the catholic teachings. If one does not understand catholic teaching it is very easy for one to become a lapsed Catholic and eventually fall out.
At the moment, 40 days for Life is running an event where pro-lifers pray in front of an abortion clinic and offer fliers and counselling to those who go in or pass by. I think its a wonderful thing they are doing. some passers-by look with disgust and doubt while some with approval and admiration, some shout insults while some shout praises. I guess this is just a taste of how one's journey in life is; some would encourage you while many wont. One might not understand why a group of people would pray for hours for something that most people agree to and the government has approved, to some its like wasting time and energy (like one person said) but I and many others know its not. The christian martyrs were persecuted and killed for hundreds of years, I'm sure then it looked like they were crazy but they touched millions of lives and that's why the faith is still alive today! nothing good comes easy and good things come to those who wait, people might persecute and hate now but they have also been informed with love and an alternative idea and option has been placed before them. We might not see the results now but slowly and surely the results will show. According to the link there are many women who have come to realize the evil of abortion from this campaign and thus have saved many babies, some might have hurled insults but you know and hope later they would think about it. so the prayers are not only to stop abortion but also to soften the heart of pro-choice thinkers and abortionists so they would fully understand that the act is an act of murder and if they know it is would have the grace to stop.
Its sad to know that there are still catholics who are pro-choice and are totally convinced that its okay to kill a baby. no matter what terms we use (i.e foetus, baby, embryo) we all can agree that a human being exists in the mother's womb. In my opinion that should be enough to convince anyone that according to human rights everyone has a right to life! Many know this but I think the possible reason why many do not want to think of the child in that way is because one is going further to say that premarital sex is sinful and that contraceptives are as well- the church's teaching.
I believe catholic pro-choice thinkers don't really know the church's teachings and don't want to know. One can't call himself/herself catholic if he/she does not accept all the teachings of the church. One cannot say he/she is catholic and pro-choice at the same time, it just doesn't follow.
Abstinence is not torture as some might see it, its reasons like this that abstinence makes a lot of sense because if one abstains there would be no need for complications and if one should unfortunately find him/herself in such a situation we can't compromise. If one thinks he/she is mature enough to have sex then he/she should be mature enough to face the consequences. Advising one to choose life for her baby is not punishing her at all, its making her aware that even though she made a mistake, she doesn't have to make another and help is available for her to start a better life without judgement. Furthermore, to be a Catholic demands much, it demands total, selfless love for God. We can't pick and choose which we like and what we would follow just like Christ didn't pick which tortures He would undergo, he did everything for love of us.
There is more than enough proof to show that the human being in the womb is more than a potential life and if one truly wants to understand there are many materials that explain these things. I truly believe that many already know these things but the world has made it so hard to be especially catholic with the sexual revolution so we prefer to live in a subjective reality and follow our own thinking in order not to feel guilty about the atrocities we commit.
Dear catholic youth, you are not fully catholic unless you read widely and try to know your faith better by developing a good reading habit. Its not that boring. Maybe every Sunday one could just pick a little book or the cathecism and read a page or two, this way you understand more and would be able to explain to others what it means to be truly catholic.