A Catholic Convert in Ottawa

Shame, Shame

Posted on: March 20, 2014

Over the past year and a bit, I’ve received a few negative comments on this blog. Sadly, the comments had nothing to do with my content. Instead, they were bitter criticisms of the Church itself, of its saints, and even of the fact that we celebrate Mass on Sunday.

Effectively, the commenters tried to make me feel ashamed of being a Catholic and blogging about it.

The name I chose; the description of my faith journey in the first posts I published; the quotes I draw from a Catholic edition of the Bible and the Catechism; my posts about holy days, seasons of the liturgical year, the saints and the sacraments—all of these make it clear that this is a faith-based blog by someone who joined the Roman Catholic Church.

For anyone reading this blog—whether Catholic, Protestant, or from another faith background—I’m glad I’ve written something that caught your attention, and I hope you’ll read more of my posts.

Of course I love getting positive feedback, even if it’s just “Thanks for posting this,” but I know not everyone will agree with what I write. That said, those who want a platform to rail against the Church need to look elsewhere. I delete the anti-Catholic rants that appear in my comments queue.

For those who feel I should be ashamed of being a Catholic, who find themselves upset just seeing my posts about the Church and my experience of life from a convert’s perspective, I invite you to read on to consider what we have in common. To learn more about dialogue between the Catholic Church and Protestant denominations and cooperation on social justice issues. To find out more about the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. To visit a Catholic church and attend Mass.

There are many things I love about the Church: the beauty of the Mass, the involvement of my senses in worship, the graces we receive through the sacraments, the riches of the prayers and writings previous generations have left for us, the fellowship at parish functions, the social justice work carried out by priests and parishioners, and more.

I’m not ashamed to be a Catholic Christian. When I joined the Church, I felt like I came home. And I won’t apologize for that.

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3 Responses to "Shame, Shame"

Dear rcconvert,
I have a Great Aunt who belongs to the Sisters of St Joseph who lived in Ottawa for many years. The canal must be awesome this winter. I enjoyed the positive response. Thank you and God bless.

You no doubt know what Christ said about being ashamed of Him (Mk 8:38). Additionally, He declared: Blessed are you when men revile you for My sake … your reward in heaven will be great (Mt 5:11-12). God bless!

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