I love being Catholic. I want every Catholic to love being Catholic at least as much as I love being Catholic. I want us to love and support each other in our Catholic faith.
I want everyone, every man, woman, and child, black or white, rich or poor, of
any education level, of any economic condition, healthy or sick, young or old,
who is not Catholic to understand why we love it, why we respect it, why we follow the Catholic faith.
The question is, in this place and time, how do we do that?
I want us, each one of us who is Catholic, to love and support others in their journey through this life, every man, woman, and child, black or white, rich or poor, of any education level, of any economic condition, healthy or sick, young or old. I want us to support each other. I want us to help those who are not Catholic.
I want us to do this, because, as Catholics, we are called to love others as God loves us, and because we, among all people can afford to be kind and generous, understanding and accepting. We can love and guide. We must do so.
In fact, we cannot afford not to.
And in this way, others will understand why we love the Catholic faith. In this way, others will respect and perhaps be draw to follow the Lord in our way.
In this way, we might fulfill the Promise.
This is what I call OpenCatholic.
OpenCatholic: a Merciful Approach
OpenCatholic seeks to illuminate the Christian life through a strong faith practice, and in understanding and supporting people who hold other beliefs, values or orientation.
OpenCatholic suggests a merciful approach where, on the one hand, Catholics be open to who they are and what it means to be Catholic, by learning more about their faith and speaking to others, in whatever capacities suggest themselves, about being Catholic as the faith we have received at the hands of others, through the Roman Catholic Church; and, on the other, that Catholics be open to others and their experiences of life, love, and God.
Our faith is not something we personally possess or control in unilateral fashion. Our faith is not a thing, a piece of real estate. It is not a political "right" or "wrong." It is a directive from on high. It is a covenant.
It is to be followed, to the letter, and passed on as we received it. We receive our faith by the mercy of God; when we are merciful we pass it on.
As Catholics, we celebrate a faith that is the truth of a living God. God granted us life, faith, intelligence, and love. What he has given us, we are directed to share with others, whoever they are, and whatever their practices and beliefs.
Catholics cannot expect others to share our beliefs and practices, but we must hold ourselves to the promise of love, treating all persons with respect, as we proclaim the truths of our faith as proclaimed by the Church.
This site will address the old and the new. Catechism, and social change; prayer, and research; speaking to God, and speaking for each other.
I hope you find something here that sparks hope, thoughts, doubts - something new. I would love to hear from you in any event.