As I do every month, I’m linking up today with the Siena Sisters Catholic Women’s Blogging Network Hop. You can see from the title of my post what I am supposed to be writing about. And wouldn’t you think I’d have been brimming over with things to say? Yet I’ve found myself struggling and wondering why.
I’ve written before about why I remain a Catholic, and reiterated many of those sentiments in a later post where I explained how intrinsic my faith is to my very identity. And maybe that’s why this is hard. Maybe it’s because being Catholic isn’t something I ever consciously chose. Maybe it’s because it’s too much a part for me to see it clearly. It’s like being asked why I love my mother or father. I could tell you things I like or love ABOUT them, but that’s not WHY I love them.
It’s entirely possible I am overthinking this, but I’m going to change focus just a bit and write about some things I love ABOUT my Catholic faith. Even that is hard, since there is nothing about it that I don’t love! But I’ll try to focus in on a few things, in no particular order.
- The Church is not a cult of personality. My feelings about a particular priest or even a particular Pope don’t affect my allegiance to the teachings and truth of the Church. The Church has survived all forms of corruption and we have Jesus’s own assurances that the Church shall prevail: “And I say to you: That you are Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)
- The Church is a repository of incredible wisdom. Just the other day, my husband I were discussing something we’d heard or read (I can’t remember what it was) and he said he wished that the Church had explained whatever it was. And I just laughed at him and said, “You haven’t looked it up, have you?” Because I knew that of course the Church has written about and explained it somewhere because the Church has explanations for everything! I take comfort in the fact that great minds have been exploring the mysteries of the universe and explicating the faith for centuries. The Church doesn’t rest on one person’s interpretation.
- Related to the above is that the Church has very clear rules, principles, and precepts, and they don’t change. The Church rises to the challenge of the modern world with nuanced explanations or interpretations or the application of old rules to new issues. It isn’t always easy to live up to the demands of the faith, but there is plenty of guidance available for those of us who want to try.
- All of the above sounds dry and intellectual, but I also find great solace in the fact that the Catholic faith has endured for so long and that it is practiced by so many around the globe. It is strengthening to know that I am united to so many other believers, past and present, especially the Saints, whose examples we as Catholics are blessed to be able to follow.
- Finally, I love the Church’s engagement with the world. I love that we are to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16) and that the Church provides us with clear directions on how to do that through the instructions of our Bishops. I love the Church’s commitment to social justice and its defense of life and human dignity from conception to natural death.
I’d love to hear from you! If you are Catholic, tell me in the comments why YOU love the faith, or what you love ABOUT it! If you aren’t tell me what you love about YOUR church! And if you’d like to read more reflections like this one, click the picture below.