“Mark!” People Ask Me, “Why Did You Become a Catholic Writer?”

“Was it because of the vast riches?  The women who fling themselves at you during your globe-trotting investigative journalism junkets to exotic locales?  The cocaine-fueled parties with Jimmy Akin, Patrick Madrid, and the entire Dominican order?  The mimosas at poolside with Gwyneth Paltrow as you plan the destruction of all that is good and holy and the transformation of the Church into a modernist Protestant sect with you as pastor?”

Well, Random Citizen, I’ll tell you.  As obviously true of my life as these things are, the number one reason I became a writer about the Faith is that I love watching the lights come on when somebody who was previously hostile to or baffled by the Catholic faith has the lights come on and they say, “Oh!  Now I get it!  That’s beautiful!  Thanks be to God!”  I love that so much!

So I naturally love Matthew Tyson’s piece about getting the Eucharist.

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  • BillyT92679

    I can see Madrid and you coked up, firing pistols in the air, at the grotto at the Playboy Mansion as we speak

    • chezami

      Pretty much my life.

  • Barbara

    When I was negotiating my conversion experience your writing was a real anchor. It showed me that being a Catholic didn’t mean becoming a reactionary who re-writes history in order to defend the indefensible. Nor did it require a complete abandonment of humour or critical thinking. Strangely enough becoming a Catholic made me a better intellectual, more able to question assumptions than when I was a progressive and accepted uncritically the manichean worldview of the left.

    • chezami

      No “strangely” about it. Chesterton was right that the Catholic faith is the only thing that saves a person from the degrading slavery of being a child of her age. :)

      • Barbara

        The experience of it was a kind of mental liberation, though I fear constantly that it may end up being a career suicide. Academia is getting progressively more and more hostile to religious orthodoxy of any kind. There is less likelihood of another C.S. Lewis or Peter Kreeft nowadays. It’s kind of sad. The thing that I like about those two was that they were not only strong minds, they were/are joyful thinkers. We’re losing something of immense value, and what is rushing in to take its place is vapid and joyless, both the art that is being created and the intellectual pursuits that arise from it.

        • chezami

          Their academic careers suffered too. The world has always hated the gospel.


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