Friday, July 13, 2012

10 Reasons Why Being Catholic Is Crazy Cool

10 Reasons Why Being Catholic Is Crazy Cool
  1. Civil disobedience.  In refusing to obey laws that are unjust, we show the world that there are more important things in life than just getting along. When necessary we march, picket, and if it comes to it, we will even be thrown in jail or killed for our beliefs:
    "I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square" -Cardinal George of Chicago
  2. Counter-cultural rebels. Who else is can be found protesting outside an abortion clinic, praying in an adoration chapel, listening to a theology presentation in a bar, hanging a pic or a Saint's card in a cubicle at work, confessing sins to a priest, and hanging out with nuns? Nobody. 
  3. Monks brew beer. It might sound silly, but the point is that we don't believe every good thing in the world which can be abused is bad. In fact a good thing can only be "abused" because it is good. Beer can be abused, like any good thing. But, monks brewing beer shows us just how good beer can be. 
  4. We have a sense of humor. We can even laugh at ourselves. Have you seen this? If not, you should:
  5. Natural Family Planning (NFP). We talk about sex as a natural and organic part of life and we work with our bodies to space births in marriage. The prevailing mentality is one that is pro-contraception. But, organic sex is now cool.
  6. We fight for the little guy, both literally and figuratively. We do more than the poor than any other non-governmental organization. Feed the poor, clothe the naked, etc. We also hold the right to life as a sacred duty. Babies 'R Us.
  7. We teach about what is really good, true, and beautiful. All three matter. Most modern education question if there really is goodness, truth, and beauty. We say "duh".
  8. Not afraid of culture, but not just a part of it either. Yes, we have to live in the world. But, we are called to change it, not let it change us. Hard to do, but awesome when we do it.
  9. We take the Devil seriously. Otherwise exorcism, confession, and crucifixes wouldn't make cool movies. The devil is real and is our real enemy. He bites and we help him bite the dust.
  10. Leaders that lead. No comment needed, because of men like Benedict XVI:


Cardinal Dolan:


tz said...

'"I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square" -Cardinal George of Chicago'

I do not expect to see any of the current successors of the apostles in jail for doing any act of civil disobedience, though it would probably end abortion in the more rural dioceses where there might be only one such clinic.

It is tragic that it was a Baptist with Luther as a middle name quoting Aquinas from Jail just over 40 years ago showing the relationship between civil disobedience and moral authority.

A Bishop with his staff of office gently but firmly barring entrance to an abortion clinic would speak more eloquently than the most brilliantly thought out, written, and edited publication or speech.

If he were actually arrested, he would prove he is not just another corrupt member of the elite (1% as #OWS would say). Doing confirmations during jail visiting hours would be reason to move to his diocese.

Instead they sit safely on their cathedrals, write commentary, run their corporations - make sure unlike Bob Jones that they don't lose their 501c3 status - and wonder why things are positively (or negatively!) Laodicean.

Amanda Borenstadt said...

Great post! :) I so love being Catholic!

Anneg said...

Re#3 monks also make wine, coffee and chocolate! What more evidence do you need for a Loving God?

Evelyn said...

#6: first "than" should be a "for"

DR said...

Excellent list. We all should be proud of our Catholic heritage, unfortunately I think too few are.

Dexter said...

Great post! I am so proud...err.. glad to be CATHOLIC. Peace all. :)