"You know--if there is one thing the Roman Catholics do is make ourselves look somber. Maybe gloomy would be a better word. I've spent a good twenty minutes (maybe shorter) sitting here wondering why. Oh, sure--there is something to be said about redemptive suffering. The church does that right.I think know what Roman Catholic Cop is writing about. I don't know about other countries, but in America gloominess seems to be a default emotional state for being 'Christian.' Approaching worship with all the verve and enthusiasm of one contemplating a dead pet seems to be expected of 'spiritual' people in some quarters. It's certainly not limited to Catholics living in America.
"My favorite movie line is out of the movie Dogma and it goes something to the effect of, 'I have issues with anyone who treats God like a burden instead of a blessing like some Catholics. You people don't celebrate your faith . . . you mourn it.' ....
"...We should be running around, jumping up and down and acting like idiots because of what we have. Instead when you walk into a mass everyone acts like someone just shot their dog...."
(Roman Catholic Cop)
Assuming that some emotional states are more 'spiritual' than others isn't limited to the Curmudgeons for Christ sort, though. I've encountered people whose pep, drive, and enthusiasm for their particular take on Christianity might suggest that a cocktail of powerful stimulants was coursing through their veins.
I've participated in a few get-togethers of that sort, and they're a blast. The theology expressed in these pep-fests was, as a rule, somewhere on a continuum from simplistic to weird - but the experiences were an emotional high.
If I wasn't such a stickler with having my beliefs make sense, I might have joined one of those groups.
It's not that I have anything against emotions. I'm a very passionate man. But I've found that things work out better if I think with my central nervous system and feel with my endocrine system - not the other way around.
"A Joyous Catholic--Not an Oxymoron:" Something to Think AboutAfter reading "A Joyous Catholic--Not an Oxymoron" (which I highly recommend), I took a look at posts here on A Catholic Citizen in America. Sure enough, although I may not have achieved full curmudgeonhood, some of my posts have been rather, well, intense.
I doubt that I'll become a Catholic analog of one of the Clowns for Christ. (Yes, they really exist.)
It's just not in my nature. There's a garrulous, affable Irishman lurking within me - as well as an off-the-wall artist - but that's about as far as it goes. And I like peppy music: I've been asked to keep my voice down while singing at Mass within the last month. For good reason.
However, there's a lot more to being Catholic than the grim war we're involved in. I've made it a point to lighten up a little in this blog. We'll see how that goes.
- "New on the Blogroll: Roman Catholic Cop"
(July 28, 2009)
- "Beach Killer Joseph Burges: A Case of Horribly Warped Christianity"
(July 24, 2009)
- "Caritas in Veritate, Charity in Truth: Keeping it Real"
(July 17, 2009)
- "Firebase Earth"
(April 5, 2009)
- "Being Counter-Cultural in 21st Century America"
(March 17, 2009)
- "Pelosi and the Pope, Emotion and Beliefs"
(February 19, 2009)
- "A Joyous Catholic--Not an Oxymoron"
Roman Catholic Cop (July 27, 2009)