Nike's tag line--"Just do it”—has become iconic. It packs a wallop. It has taken Generations X, Y and Z by storm. Right now, it is twisting Generation Snowflake around its little finger. Power and choice have become the be-all and end-all of many people. For them, if it feels good, it’s good. Media, the Internet, and pop culture all too often take potshots at Christianity, either taking umbrage at anything that smacks of Catholic dogma or simply laughing it off as boneheaded and medieval thinking.
Yet, those who know genuine Catholic doctrine are certain that it puts God's timeless Truth or Revelation in our hands and teaches what we should rightly know about God, man, and the world. It urges us to seek true greatness through humility, happiness through holiness, and inner wealth through detachment from material goods.
Either we fall in love with God or we fall in love with ourselves or with mere creatures. It is thus important to educate our reason and conscience. Otherwise, we unwittingly embrace falsehood and fall prey to the enemies of our soul—the world, the flesh, and the devil—making out of our life a fool's errand.
In other words, we should be, first of all, men of good judgment. But that comes only through earnest and continuing study, especially of Catholic doctrine. The greatest enemy of the faith is religious ignorance, which opens the door to various forms of moral and social ills. It is not uncommon to find people who are experts in their professional fields but who hardly know the most basic points of Catholic faith and morals.
There are 84 million Catholics in the Philippines, about the same number in the United States. Yet. only 37% of Filipino Catholics go to Sunday Mass. Indeed, many need to be re-evangelized.
To help turn this unfortunate situation around, Bagtikan Cultural Center offers weekly Catholic doctrine classes for young professional men at Philam Tower at the Makati Business District. These one-hour classes form a series of 40 topics covering the Creed, the sacraments, the Decalogue, and morals. Supervised supplementary readings on philosophy and theology are also available to interested participants. The upcoming topics are posted online; those who want to have a clear preview can go to Summaries of Catholic Teaching.
Bagtikan equips men of Makati with formation to succeed as professionals and as Catholic gentlemen.