I’ve been writing, furiously, for April. I am participating in the #atozchallenge (check that sweet badge to your left), writing through the alphabet in April. My theme is to write all things Catholic, with a twist, of course. About a month or so ago, I created an editorial calendar with ideas for each letter that I could research and write about. The twist, is that I also want to provide a reflection from my point of view, that could be slightly different for the myriad of readers and bloggers participating. This is pretty daunting. How can you keep anyone’s attention for longer than a paragraph? How do you do it if the reader is wholly uninterested in organized religion, let alone Christianity and specifically, Catholicism. That’s my hook. That’s my twist.
What does that mean? It means everything. It’s what being Catholic, for me, means. Kata- according to, holos- the whole. According to the whole. It’s not, as Eddie Izzard (whom I do love, by the way) defines in his stand up: “Catholicism, we believed in the teachings of Cathol and everything he stood for”. I thought about this long and hard before I started this blog. What’s my point? My point is, that you will rarely, ever read anything flamingly controversial here. There are plenty of bloggers, writers, theologians and other online mediums that provide a space in which to debate issues of contention and I am glad for it.
I do not shy away from what I believe. However, I do shy away from the shying away of others. I will not, and refuse to, exclude anyone from the conversation. I refuse to be hypocritical and that means turning my back on anyone who happens to come over and read what I write. I don’t want to be controversial for the clicks. I want people to feel like they can voice their opinion, to a well informed, true to the Magisterium Catholic and receive, in return, true Catholic teaching with a fair amount of respect and agape or selfless love, thrown in, seeking not my own advantage but only to benefit or share with another.
It’s my duty to make this faith accessible to all, to the whole. Accessible, does not mean agreeable. We don’t have to agree. I won’t ignore opinions that are different from my own. I will ignore arguments for the sake of arguing. I refuse to allow hatred, bigotry, marginalization and exclusion here. Therein lies the finer point. I am not looking to re-arrange church teaching to suit you. I am going to make it accessible to you in how I share it with you – as I live it, in my struggles, in my joys and learnings, in my fears and confusion. That is the whole of it. This is how I will write in April.
Every post will begin with what the word of the day is, and why I chose that particular word. Teaching, and a point of accessibility through the eyes of an adult convert. Just when I was getting nervous and doubting myself (a very Catholic and quite human thing to do) I read this by Carrie-Anne over at That Dizzy Chick, an atheist, who featured me on her blog just Friday:
Filling My Prayer Closet is a blog that I
stalkerrm check out regularly because Cristina writes great content. It’s actually kinda odd for an atheist (me) to follow a catholic’s (Cristina) blog. But I do and I enjoy it.
And that’s the crux of it. This is all I ever wanted in this space. I’m married to an atheist and I like to think that I’ve learned quite a bit in how to teach the Church without preaching the Church – and that’s what, I pray, will bring you here now, in April and consistently thereafter.
And just in case, some feel that I am too lax, I’m only doing what I’ve been taught:
I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
I got mad love for ya. Can you say the same?