Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Catholic Fun, Catholic Teaching, Catholic Reality Check

by M. J. Joachim
I have to admit, being Catholic is truly rather fun. We get to approach the world like we have all the answers, and if we mess up, we get to blame it on the fact that we are only sinners. Arrogance knows no boundaries in the hierarchal rituals of good Catholic discipline. Power is a right for some people, and if you’re not one of them, you better be prepared to eat dirt off the floor (or some other humiliating penance and sacrifice).

Parents rule their children! Priests rule our souls! Teachers maintain perfect order in their Catholic classrooms! God …well, why bring God into this discussion anyway? He’s clearly not what we’re focusing on at the moment…

No! We’re decidedly discussing how fun it is to be Catholic! Especially if you’re a parent, priest, teacher or any other authority figure worth bowing down to – worth being the operative word, of course…

So call me a rebel already!

After all, I don’t worship anyone but God, and as He is my witness, no one else rules my heart and soul!!!

Don’t get me wrong here, please. I’m not bashing Catholic authority figures in this post at all. What I am doing is exposing the fact that some of them use Catholicism as a tool for their own benefit. Heck, we all have the ability to do this, but some are much better at it than others…lots of practice is my guess!

Being Catholic is a lot of fun, if you practice the faith as it was intended…

Jesus didn’t go around bashing people on their heads with 2 x 4’s! It’s one of my favorite sayings, and I’ve said it to myself more than once in the 20 some odd years I’ve been a parent. Another favorite saying of mine is, “Killing flies with sledge hammers again!” You get the idea, don’t you?

Being Catholic is not an excuse…
It’s not an escape from reality…
Nor is it a reason to bully others...

Being Catholic is a way of life, and there is nothing in the Bible (something we study at every Mass), Catechism, Tradition, Doctrine, Dogma of the Faith, Creed etc. etc. etc. that is okay with the obvious and hidden sins of others.

So please don’t blame it on Catholicism when you experience power plays, by people touting being Catholic, as the reason for their own weaknesses. Jesus didn’t teach these things to us, and Christianity is the real basis of our faith! They didn’t call Him the Good Shepherd for nothing, you know!

Until next time, kind followers, I wish you every good thing!

M. J.

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