Jeff Mirus of Catholic Culture describes “muscular Catholicism” as a “tough combination of faith, prayer, sacrifice and effective action. It enlists the aid of heavenly powers while at the same time stretching our worldly resources to make a difference.” In order to explain the idea better, he gives us two examples of Catholic groups that give expression to this Catholic muscularity: “40 Days for Life” and the Dominican’s “Angelic Warfare Confraternity”.
I’ve been using the term “muscular” lately to describe the kind of Catholicism it will take to reconvert the Western world and reform Western culture. A truly muscular Catholicism is a tough combination of faith, prayer, sacrifice and effective action. It enlists the aid of heavenly powers while at the same time stretching our worldly resources to make a difference. Muscular Catholicism goes beyond the realm of ideas, but only in the sense that ideas have consequences. It gets the ideas right, and it is does not pretend that implementation is optional.
Muscular Catholicism grows and develops as committed Catholics are called to actualize the potential God has given them to work for His glory and the salvation of souls. Because every human person is unique, the varieties of prayer-in-action are many, and even if each human person on earth were to respond to his or her personal call, the different initiatives would not exhaust the possibilities open to an infinite God, nor would the effective collaboration exhaust the Divine capacity for good. There is no temptation in muscular Catholicism to rest content, no fear of running out of opportunities.
About the picture above. Did you know that Dr. Bruce Banner/Incredible Hulk is a lapsed Catholic? About the Hulk as Catholic