It also goes without saying (I'm tagging this comment to what I just posted) that I am deeply grateful to all of you for your comments here this past week, for your emails, and your generous expressions of support and encouragement. I am probably not going to be able to respond to each comment left here following my two postings early in the week.
Please know that I am grateful for them, though. And I'll aim at something more substantial and informative than what I just posted here a moment ago, as I return to posting. There's so much to be said, it seems to me — and to be talked about. And that "so much" makes it all the more difficult to talk in any sense-making way.
There's so much to be said, for instance, about a question that drives right to the heart of my own story: why on earth would anyone want to choose the Catholic church and remain Catholic when so much about the Catholic church right now — including and perhaps notably its "liberal" institutions — is so downright mean-spirited? So unappealing.
So much at odds with what the church professes to be all about.
And with the gospels.
I may have more to say about all of this in coming days, since these are questions I have no choice except to keep asking myself after I made the fateful decision as a young teen to leave my family's evangelical church and become Catholic. And they're questions that readers of this blog have persistently asked me, which deserve a response from me — particularly when new readers are always coming here, and haven't read any of my previous commentary about these issues.
(Please see the link at the head of the posting for the source of the graphic.)