In an effort to alienate any remaining readers I may have, be they occasional or otherwise, I have decided to do some writing on religion. Why not? It's my blog. I can do what I want-- an oft repeated if weak defense.
My road to church is a well worn path. One of private school discounts, a sense of responsibility regarding the transmission of cultural heritage to the squirt, large questions that stir in the mind a longing to know the soul, seeking an understanding of my responsibilities to the world at large, humanity, that sort of thing.
My Catholic classes (RCIA) are cool. It's like a small college class; you read a chapter a week and discuss. The reading is pretty dense, too. I really like it.
That's one of the things that draws me to the Catholic Church. I like its intellectual history. It is expansive and thick and the result of massive amounts of thoughtful consideration and rigourous ecumenical, philisophical, and academic exploration (and of course, divine revelation!). There's lots of stuff to think about.
If you don't want to think, you don't have to. You can sing. Maybe that's a different kind of thinking but you catch my drift. The Church is lovely. The sun streaming in the windows falling on the silvered heads in the front rows kneeling in prayer despite the prickles of age. A collage of voices, some warbly, some off-key, some superb, but together elevated to the inspired even, if not especially, when puncuated with the occasional shrieking toddler or wailing infant. Many reasons urging these many different people to gather.
That any communtiy of people comes together to laud the mysteries of existence and reaffirm responsibilities to one's friends, families and fellow man is really really cool. And to think of how it is an experience that prevades all nooks of the globe. Really, it's quite amazing.
Take this as either an introduction or a forwarning of content to come. But, I think for a bit of time, I'm going to use my blog to answer the discussion questions for my RCIA class. Should you be interested, next week's reading is Chapter 13, "Our Eternal Destiny," from the "United States Catholic Catechism for Adults." I'm sure you can get a free copy for your Kindle or something like that.
And please, let me know if I become significantly more obnoxious than usual. I realize it is sometims a hazard of the religous newbie. :)