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January 29, 2012

Uncharacteristic Rant By Me

I'm going to take a deep breath <in> and exhale slowly <out> and then hit...Publish.

Oh. My. Goodness.  I just read a comment on another blog that has my blood boiling.

First of all, I read this great post at More Like Mary~More Like Me.  I tweeted it.  I posted it to Facebook.  I think her analogy is spot on.
Typically, I try to stay out of comboxes on posts like this.  And here's why:

Anonymous comments like this:
Crazy... I do what the great majority of my Catholic friends around me do... Go to Church, Kneel, Pray, Take the Eucharist, Go home, pop a birth control pill with the blessing of my Catholic husband and his entire Catholic family. Get up the next Monday and drive my 2 kids to Catholic School and meet the other Moms of that School and talk about their two (at the most three )kids. Get Real Catholics ...Vatican 3 is necessary and birth control should be embraced.
This drives me crazy.  This is what George Weigel wrote about in his book, The Courage to Be Catholic.  The Catholic Church in America has an illness.  It is an illness of fidelity.  And this lack of fidelity is throughout the ranks, and some of the most vocal and blatant and unapologetic are the laity, many like Anonymous.

This lack of fidelity is evident in the amount of Catholics okay with divorce, okay with artificial contraception, okay with legal abortion, okay with IVF, okay with same-sex "marriage".  This lack of fidelity was perpetuated while I was growing up with Catholic schools that failed in their mission to educate children in the Catholic faith.  This lack of fidelity was blessed by parents too concerned with sexual freedom and selfish pursuit of endless youth and happiness who dropped off their kids at Catholic school thinking that was their only duty as Catholic parents.  

It's so very sad that the "great majority" of her "Catholic" friends do as she writes.  It's very telling that she uses the words "take the Eucharist" because with her attitude about the Catholic church and Church teachings, that is the only way she could get the Eucharist is to "take" it.  She surely wouldn't humble herself to be in a position to merely receive it.

Some of us Catholics try to present ourselves to receive our Lord, most likely combing our consciences for anything that might make us unworthy and might cause us to refrain until we've received absolution in the confessional.  Some of us try to actually refrain from receiving when we know we need to get to Confession. 

Abstaining from receiving the Eucharist is HARD to do.  But we MUST, lest we pile mortal sin on top of mortal sin!

Going to confession is HARD to do.  It is humbling.  I rarely get in and out of there without needing my kleenex.

Which brings me to another telling point of her comment:  NOWHERE in her comment about what she and the "great majority" of her "Catholic" friends do, does she mention CONFESSION.  The attitude expressed through her words drips with PRIDE and lacks HUMILITY. 

The complete lack of humility and utter lack of respect for the Catholic church and what the Church teaches that is evident in this comment burns me to my core.  

And it does so because I love The Catholic Church.  

I love her teachings.  

No, I didn't always know Catholic Church teaching.  No, even when I suspected what it was, I didn't always follow it.  I still fall into sin now!  But the Church need NOT conform Her teachings to accept MY sinfulness!

I'm still not perfect, but it is I who is imperfect, NOT Holy Mother Church.

Yes, it's inconvenient, difficult at times, to live my life according to the teachings of Christ.  Doing the right thing is rarely the easy thing. But it's also SUCH A BLESSING!  The Grace rains down on me, on my husband, on my family.  We could NEVER do it without that Grace!

The recent disregard for the Catholic Church, my religious beliefs, by the current administration was NOT unexpected (sorry, I've been pretty pessimistic from the start), but it is still very sad.  

I agree with Kaitlyn's statement at the end of her posts wholeheartedly:  

What matters is that the government is infringing on our religious liberty in a big, big way.

What makes you think your beliefs aren't next?
Indeed.  What DOES make anyone believe that this is the end?  It is just the beginning.  This infringement of religious liberty, if successful, will signal that other freedoms are up for grabs and the government will take them all, left unchecked.

But alas, perhaps I should continue believing that probably anyone who isn't Catholic needn't worry about it.  Because when the Catholic Church is persecuted, and should our leaders all be fined, imprisoned, whatever the case might be...there will be few left to stand up for others and little else left to fight for anyway.


  1. Oh, boy. I read that post yesterday, and I agree that she did an excellent job.

    I did not, however, read the comments. How are we going to defend our beliefs if so many Catholics don't even know or care what they are? It also irks me when people allude changes that the Church needs to make, when these are not things that can be changed! Nor should they be. The Church is the defender and protector of the truth. This is something that is true and she stands up to affirm its truth. It is not a rule that can be changed.

    Hmm, better stop now, or you'll have a ranting comment as long as your post!

  2. Not meaning to sound all 1995-ish, but, YOU GO GIRL! Just know you are not alone in having your blood boil over arrogant and prideful comments like Anonymous'.

  3. $10 says that person who posted that is probably not currently taking her kids to school. $10 says she's of my mother's generation, because every.single.young.catholic.woman I know is very orthodox in spite of (or maybe to spite) her upbringing. And that is why our generation is going to be able to get things done. It's like a counter-reformation all over again.

  4. I purposely avoid reading the comments on posts I know are going to cause some controversy because I can be really thin-skinned sometimes and get very hurt. But sometime brought my eyes to that comment (I didn't really read the others, just that one!) and it really bothered me. If someone wants to disagree with their faith, who am I to stop them, but to insinuate that the faith should change to his/her personal belief is atrocious. Thanks for your response!

  5. Agree with all above, and throw in my own rant:

    Vatican 3! Does she any understanding that these 'groundbreaking' discernment of widespread change has only happened twice in 2000 years and not done lightly, easily, etc ~ heck there are still those trying to reverse Vatican II.

    Well done!!

  6. Way to go, Michelle.

    Paha. "With my husband's blessing." You mean, permission? Um, pretty sure Adam had his wife's permission to eat the apple...

    My blood is boiling simply reading this third hand. Sin is sin. Period. And you're right...this is the camel's nose under the tent. But even though my blood boils, I more so grieve that so many fail to understand the teachings of the church.

    Well, at least this commenter's children go to a Catholic school. Maybe the next generation, if taught correctly, will be praying for and teaching their parents a thing or two.

  7. I can totally understand why the government making private companies provide care options directly against their religion would make you angry. I get angry when specific religious ideals are made into law. Both Government dictating religious beliefs as law, and government forcing religious corporations to act against their religion is unconstitutional. I really feel that politics and religion should not mix. I think the better option would be for the government to provide the healthcare, instead of requiring private corporations to violate their religious principles for medical care.

    I hope I haven't upset anyone by commenting on this when I am not a catholic.

  8. Michelle, not sure how I missed this post, but it was definately an interesting one. Thanks for the link. I've been thinking about the anonymous comment all day. And yes, it makes me angry. It reminds me of most of our friends and our own family members and people within our church that harbor this same attitude. It is a mindset that is completely blinded. Blinded by sin and pride. I start to get angry and then I start to feel sorry for them, because I used to be one of them, until I was granted a very particular grace that helped to open my eyes to want to learn more and then opened my heart to say yes to our Church's teachings... That commenter and people like her are missing out. They are going through the motions, for social reasons, or to make themselves feel better, but they are not getting anything out of it. She (and others like her) need our prayers. May they stumble across adoration and sit and think a little... are they really happy? And do they really have true friendships? Are there prioritis in the right place and are they really living lifestyles that are pleasing to Our Lord? May God grant them the desire to go to Confession, where their pride can give way to a little humility.

    And, to Melissa (above), I don't think you would upset anyone by commenting. I am glad a non-catholic would come here to read this awesome blog. At least you know you are getting a dose Real Catholicism... which is frustrating for many because there are way too many people out there who want to pick and choose what they want to believe and practice. That just isn't the way it works.


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