Living in a country of Catholic culture, many might think I’m joking when I say that Maltese youth are afraid to say their Catholic. In fact it is no joke. In today’s society many are like the apostles in today’s reading from the Gospel according to St Luke, afraid, shy, even frightened to say that their Catholic. One might ask:”But why?” There are various reasons. Either one doesn’t know how to defend the Faith, or one takes it for granted the fact that he/she was baptised or else one doesn’t know the richness of Catholic Faith. These might be some of the reasons, of coarse there are many more. In the face of such a crisis Christ asks us a key question:”Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?” In fact our response to Christ mustn’t be one of timidness, shyness or doubt, but one filled with courage and faith. Courage, to respond a question about Catholicism, courage to defend the Catholic Church in words but most importantly in deed. Defense willed with love and charity. Faith, in embracing our Lord and the ways of the Lord, it was he who protected the Church, sot that it may be a beacon of truth and love for all who seek. History show us that the Church had its fair share of difficult and challenging of times. But Christ was always present as he had promised Peter and with Peter all of us as Catholics:”And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” So next time you’re afraid to show your Catholic faith, to the world, remember what St Francis of Assisi said: All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” You’re the candle, you’re the Catholic, you’re a member of the Church, persecuted and despised by the enemies of Truth.