Why I’m Still Catholic

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Pope Francis is allegedly involved in all of this abuse scandal. If that is true, I am appalled and disappointed. I don’t know if it is true, but either way I shall remain a follower of Christ and a member of the Catholic Church.

I was born Catholic, but that is not why I make the decision over and over again to remain Catholic. I am Catholic because I have studied all sides. Time and again, I have analyzed my beliefs. I have analyzed Catholicism and other religions. In my search for the truth, I have come to believe that the Catholic Church is the true church of Jesus Christ.

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What Is Your Real Job?

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Maybe you work in IT. Maybe you’re in the insurance business. Maybe you are a doctor. Whatever you do for work, don’t let your work job make you forget your real job.

What is your real job?

“Everything a baptized person does every day should be directly or indirectly related to the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.”

Dorothy Day

If your job is to install plumbing, then your real job is to give drink to the thirsty. If you manage a grocery store, then your real job involves feeding the hungry and instructing the ignorant. If your job is to mop floors, then maybe you are really offering hospitality to the homeless or bearing wrongs patiently. Continue reading

“The Medium is the Message,” What Does That Mean?

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When humans developed writing, our ideas and our stories became more complex. With writing came the ability to formulate arguments. That led to the development of liberal arts, complex mathematics, philosophy…we could fill an encyclopedia with the various fields that developed from our ability to write.

Before writing, humans communicated primarily with speech. Because of our communications being mediated by speech rather than writing, we experienced a different reality. That is what media theorist, Marshal McLuhan, was writing about when he proposed that the medium is the message. Continue reading

Giving Makes Us Free

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Giving things away as gifts is the way to true freedom.

A child who has taken ownership of a box of cookies is enslaved by them. The cookies require that the child either protect them or eat them, or else they will soon be under new ownership. They cause the child to worry, “I must guard these cookies because they belong to me.”

But if the child gives the cookies away, he no longer needs to protect them. The handcuff is removed. The worry vanishes.

Whatever we have – clothes, food, money, talents, presence, ideas, time – giving it away releases its handcuffs from our wrists.

Cultivate Gratitude

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“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.”

– G.K. Chesterton

Think back to a day when nothing seemed to go your way. Maybe you were supposed to get a raise at work, and instead your boss just handed you another lousy assignment with a tight deadline. Maybe you had been fighting with your family. Maybe you just lost a close friend. Your mind spent a lot of time thinking about its trouble at first because it wanted to find a solution. It wanted to make things better.

Now imagine being able to stop your mind from thinking about the bad things, and just shift it to thinking about the good. When you are upset about something, shifting your focus is not easy at first. But by cultivating gratitude, it becomes easy not only to stop thinking about the negative, but also to see the positive. Continue reading