I, like many “cradle Catholics”, have been approached by our separated brothers and sisters and evangelized on how the Catholic Church is everything from “errant in Her teachings” to the “whore of Babylon”, but, in any case, certainly not Christian. In fact, there was a period of about ten years where almost none of my friends were Catholic.
During that time, I was VERY heavily tested. I was constantly under “attack” by my Fundamentalist, Pentecostal and Evangelical friends. When you throw in my relatives who succumbed to the same queries I was getting, it pretty much completes the picture.
Thankfully, I was blessed with a grandmother who took the time to catechize me when I was young. (Not that I didn’t get educated via catechism classes or four years in Catholic high school, but Grandma Harrigan was the strongest influence on my when I was growing up. Thank you, Grandma. I hereby dedicate this site to you, with Love.)
While I could not respond to inquiries with exact chapter and verse, I understood enough to give high level explanations when presented with “reasons” I should leave the Church. At some point, though, I started getting questions I couldn’t “fake” my way through. I don’t mind saying that my faith was a bit shaken. In fact, there was a brief moment when I actually thought of starting my own church! Seriously.
For some reason, I decided to go hunting for the answer to a question I couldn’t answer. And you know what? I found it. Then it happened again. And again. And again…
And I continued to search out and find the answers to the questions who’s answers were beyond me. Pretty soon, I had complete confidence that if I could not respond to any question about my Catholic faith, I could find the answer.
And that’s where I am today. I know that if I come up against something I can’t immediately respond to, I can find what I need to 1) confirm my position and 2) plant a seed.
When I started this blog, my intention was to simply create a place for me to go and jot down some of my own thoughts, connect to articles that I found interesting and educational and link to some sites where I could go to for information and inspiration when I wanted/needed it. In short, it was primarily for my own use.
Over time, while still performing the same function, it has evolved a bit and others have found it helpful in their faith journey and I am happy that some folks find it useful.
The blog actually began at another location ( thecatholicme.com (rightbill.wordpress.com) which started out as a blog with other priorities/subject matter. I have since moved it here (thecatholicme.wordpress.com) because some day I’m not going to be able to maintain the url and it may pass to someone else (for example, I may die or go completely broke and not be able to pay for the url :-)) and interested folks won’t be able to find it at the old address.
At any rate, everyone is welcome to sneak a peek, explore around, connect to the dozens of helpful Catholic sites listed to the right of the page and even follow, if you feel so inclined.
Thanks for stopping be and I hope you find your visit helpful!