Those Unfriendly Catholics…

... One time I was at mass when a friend interrupted my prayer to chat me up. I was like, "Really lady, leave me alone. I don't come to mass to be all social and junk. Mass is about Jesus, get away from me, can't you see I'm praying here?"Fast forward a few months later and I'm complaining, "Gee, Catholics sure are an unfriendly bunch. No one even says hello anymore. These people suck."See, the problem we have with church is rarely actually about the Church, the parish, or even … [Read more...]

Sunday, I’ve taken you for granted. I’m sorry…

... Dear Sunday,It's not you. It's me.I completely understand why you left and I don't blame you, Sunday. I treated you terribly, like you were no different than the other days of the week. You used to be special to me and than I started to take you for granted. I would have left too.It's no secret that our relationship soured when I began seeing Saturday.Saturday was casual and effortless. I didn't have too try hard for Saturday. Saturday was conveniently there whenever I … [Read more...]

How To Fail At Being A Good Catholic…

... It doesn't happen overnight. It takes years of careful cultivation to turn a parish from Christ Centered to Congregation Centered. Years of self congratulatory applause during mass and spoon fed homilies appealing to our human desire to feel warm and fuzzy. What took years to create hopefully won't take as equally long to undo. The priest charged with refocusing a Congregation Centered church faces the challenge of resistant parishioners. I'll use a recent ugly exchange between myself and … [Read more...]

Lent…

... I am terrible at Lent. I never seem to get it right. I can't stick to what I've given up or remain dedicated to what I've promised to do. The best I can muster is reading a book relating to Lent and a fish fry or two. Terrible, I know. I can not even cultivate a proper penitential atmosphere on my blog that so many others seem to do. But I will try though. There's merit in effort I've heard. At least I pray there is.Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday and I am going to do what I typically do this … [Read more...]