I didn't stop being a Christian when I became a Catholic: although I'm pretty sure that some of the "death cookie" folks would think so.
I'm also an American citizen. That hasn't changed, either.
America: Love It and Change ItI like living in America. I'd rather live here, than anywhere else in the world.
I hope that most folks feel that way about the country they live in.
I also hope that most folks aren't entirely satisfied with the status quo - and want to improve their homes. Which, although I like living here, is my attitude toward being an American.
I like this country: but I know that it isn't perfect.
I've even thought, seriously, about pulling up stakes and moving out. Very seriously, a few times, starting in the late '60s and early '70s. After taking a hard look at the alternatives: I decided to stay. Here, I understand the language, the culture, and have opportunities that most places don't offer.
It made sense to stay, and try to improve the situation. Not that one person in a nation of around 300,000,000 can do a whole lot. I like the analogy to water. One drop of water can't do much. Put a lot of drops, moving in the same direction: and you've got a river, or a waterfall. Or a flood.
And that's another topic. Topics.
"American?"In the context of this post, an American is "a native or inhabitant of the United States." (Princeton's WordNet) I don't, for a variety of reasons, like the word "native." More topics.
Depending on who you listen to, "American" can mean quite a few things, including:
- Someone whose ancestors came over on the Mayflower
- Or met those refugees when they landed
- A member of the
- Republican party
- Democratic party
- 'Right' country club
"Christian?"Say "Christian," and folks can assume that you mean - quite a few different things. Over the decades, I've run into many assumptions, informed and otherwise. Including the idea that a "Christian" is:
- Someone who follows Jesus
- An American
- A hate-filled
"Catholic?"I've explained why I became a Catholic before. What being Catholic means is discussed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. You'll learn more at the Holy See's website: www.vatican.va.
Like "American," and "Christian," "Catholic" can mean quite a few things. Some assumptions about Catholicism are accurate, some are - not so much. In this country, I don't think it helps that some folks get us mixed up with the crazier Protestant outfits. And that's yet again another topic.
Me? I'm a Catholic because this is the closest I can get to my Lord, and the Last Supper. And Golgotha. In a way. (Matthew 16:18; Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1326, 1330, 1545) (and, in this blog, June 15, 2011, August 18, 2010)
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