I was just reading this link over at Kate Wicker’s Momopoly called “Howler Monkies, Prayers About Poop, and Amazing Grace” and wanted to share it with you. Would that ALL parishes were so warm and welcoming!
It’s been quite some time since I last posted here — so sorry for the silence. My last article at CE has taken quite a bit of time, responding to comments (most of them kind) and questions (most of them sincere). And commenting on the sites of those rare individuals who seem determined to vilify anyone who doesn’t agree wholeheartely with them. Sad, really. Which made me doubly glad to find this article by Elizabeth Esther about the danger of “cult mentality,” which (though she doesn’t specifically say so) can be found even in Catholic circles.
One of the greatest dangers of jumping on someone else’s bandwagon is that it makes it difficult to keep your own feet planted firmly on the ground, and to tend one’s own garden. At the end of the day, God is going to be far more concerned with how consistently we rooted out the vice (including pride) in our own hearts than how often we were “right.”
I think it’s because I experienced so much “spiritual infighting” in the first thirty years of my life, as a Protestant, that I tend to get very squeemish about brothers and sisters in Christ pitting themselves against one another. Save your fire power for the real enemy . . . learn what you can, give and take correction (privately, if possible) as needed, and guard against the insidious need to win every argument.
In the end, we will all discover that NONE of us got it all 100% right, 100% of the time.
I’m going to go take a nap now!