Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Blogging from A to Z: Catholic

It is sometimes surprising for people to learn that I am Catholic, which is probably to my discredit, but that is a topic for another day.  I am Catholic, and happy to be.  I am not Catholic by default, or because my parents are, or because I can't think of anything better to do on Sunday mornings.  I am Catholic because it is the faith through which God has chosen to reveal Himself to me.

What does being Catholic mean to me?  Well, it means that I believe all this, for starters.  I believe that God looked at all He had created, saw the mess we were making of things, and sent His son, Jesus to die as reparation for the sin that we could never atone for on our own.  I believe that, try though I might, I cannot be the best version of myself on my own.  I fail short daily, and it is only through Grace that I am able to get back up and try again, and again and again.  And fail as I might, God loves me anyway, which is awesome beyond my understanding.

I believe that the sacraments allow us mere mortals to encounter God in a unique and personal way.  I believe the saints are holy men and women who, because of their nearness to God during their lives, are now able to intercede for us in prayer.

I am religious, I am spiritual, I am inquisitive about matters of faith, and I am Catholic*.

*I am resisting the urge right now to write some sort of disclaimer announcing that just because being Catholic is part of who I am, it doesn't allow me to judge you.  This would be true, but I hope that for those who actually know me, in, you know, real life, it would be unnecessary.  Being Catholic is an inextricable part of who I am and who I hope to become, but it is not the only part.  My life has been greatly blessed by those of many faiths as well as those with no faith at all.  My hope in writing this, as with all these A to Z posts, is just to share a little more about who I am.  Amen? 

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1 comment:

  1. Nice post, and I think it's great to have a spiritual stronghold and faith in your life.

    Stopping by from the A-Z! :)