Inspirations for blog posts and articles often come from the richness of discussion boards. Yesterday, Anthony Lehmann shared his first communion memories and then wrote the following,
Isabella, I marvel at your ability to rebound and remain faithful in spite of the obstacles you have experienced along the way. The nun removing your gloves, being estranged from your parish community because of a priest. The changes, challenges and the muck of dealing with the institutional church. Somehow you can see through it all, believe through it all. Amazing.
Amazing? Perhaps. After all, we’ve gone through our share of ‘kaka’. But it’s not me who is amazing. Those closest to me know my ability to hold tremendous grudges. Forgiveness and reconciliation are not my strong suit. My blood pressure still rises at memories of past hurts, or when I see certain faces in diocesan newspapers.
Anthony’s comment has made me stop and think. WHY? Why DO I try to remain faithful to our Catholic Church and her beliefs? What is the essence of my Catholic faith, and how do I stay rooted in it in the midst of questioning and anger? Who or what helps me stay grounded and faithful?
I’m going to mull this question over. Meanwhile, I would love to hear your responses to these questions. Our answers, I believe, might be the key to promoting the ‘new evangelization’ that we are hearing so much about.
Note: Hubby and I heading to Dayton tomorrow morning to attend the First Vows ceremony of four Marianist (Society of Mary) novices. One is a dear friend who spent time with us in Canada. I won’t be posting again until I come back. I look forward to sharing the experience with you next week.