Why I Remain a Catholic

Elizabeth Scalia, who blogs as The Anchoress at Patheos, has challenged all Catholics with a publishing platform of any kind to flood the blogosphere with their witness.  Here’s her invitation:

Let’s do this! If you’re Catholic and have access to a web-page, a radio program, a Facebook page, whatever, take a few minutes, and tell the world why you are remaining a Catholic in an era where doing so seems not only counter-cultural, but also counter-intuitive and even, perhaps, a bit risky?

Never one to shy away from a challenge, I’m going to chime in.

Before the internet, I entertained the notion that I was a good Catholic.  I’m a product of 12 years of Catholic education, I have five kids, I try to be a good person, I’m orthodox in my beliefs.

I quickly found out though that I was WAY less Catholic than I thought I was, compared to so many holy people out there who were taking their faith very seriously indeed.  It remains my most fervent aspiration to be a holier person, but sanctity continues to elude me most of the time.

Still, I will never ever leave the Church, or maybe I should say that the Church will never ever leave me.  I’m a cradle Catholic, and as far as I am concerned I am Catholic in the same way that I am female.  The Church is so intrinsic to my understanding of myself that I cannot fathom ever separating from it.

Whether by education or formation or happy natural inclination, my perception of the world is filtered through a Catholic perspective.  Even if I stopped going to Mass, I’m pretty sure that wouldn’t go away.  I don’t think I could stop being Catholic even if I wanted to.

I could give you intellectual reasons.  I could talk about the great theologians of the Church, about its moral consistency, about the truth of its teachings.  I could cite the sacraments and the liturgy.  I could write about the sanctity of life and social justice.  And all of those would be things I love about the Church, but they aren’t why I remain a Catholic.

I remain a Catholic because I AM a Catholic.  Right down to my core. And there’s nothing in this world that can change that.
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0 thoughts on “Why I Remain a Catholic

  1. I totally get where you’re coming from. Born and bred Catholic and recently had a sad discussion with Dad about how society is seeking to destroy aspects of our faith. Made me really think hard about who I am and why.

  2. vicky

    Thank you for this,born and bred catholic ,its not easy to be with so much going on in the world today .love GOD and fear GOD . i have found peace in the lord with out Him i am lost.

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