What a busy week it’s been! It all started on Holy Thursday. Emily and I went to Opening Day for the Detroit Tigers during the day, then went to the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at night. The beginning of baseball season and the beginning of the Easter season all in the same day. The feelings of spring and renewal were all around us.
We were celebrating the start of baseball, which to me always feels like a rebirth in a way, the official end of winter and the beginning of summer. The end of the dark and cold, giving way to the beginning of light and warmth. Then at night, we celebrated the institution of the Eucharist, which immediately precedes the betrayal and arrest of Jesus. What initially seems to be the end of the light and the beginning of darkness ends up being the beginning of the brightest light the world has ever known, the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All of these images of rebirth got me thinking.
I think it’s time to reinvent this blog. I’ve been writing here for three months so far, and up to this point I haven’t really had much of a point. I write about things involving faith and life, but with no real purpose in mind, other than to give people a bit of insight into what I’m thinking or maybe find interesting. But I think it’s time to change direction a bit. What I would really like to do is to write about the what and why of what Catholics believe, tied into how it is that I came to believe these things. I would like to lay out a structure, a “table of contents” in a way, of what I will be covering within the next week or so. The guidelines will not be set in stone, I may add or subtract to it as time goes on, but the idea is to kind of write a book online.
There are a few reasons for this, one is to get all of my thoughts down in an organized fashion so that if someone asks me “why do you believe what you believe?”, I will have an organized explanation at the ready. The next reason, is that I find that many people have questions, just like I did, about God, Christianity, and Catholicism, and maybe what I have discovered and learned can help others find answers. And third, I don’t think I have enough knowledge on the subject to have things go over anybody’s head, so maybe coming from a simple layman things might be a bit more understandable. I mean, I love writers like Peter Kreeft, but sometimes I just don’t get it. Maybe it’s lack of concentration, maybe it’s lack of philosophical intelligence, but some of it just goes over my head. I’m going to try to put something together that wouldn’t go over a third graders head, because I think I knew more about Christ when I was in third grade than I did when I was 30 years old. So it doesn’t need to be that complicated.
So stay tuned, it will be an ever growing work in progress, but I think it will be fun. As always, please feel free to comment with suggestions, complaints, or anything else you think I may need to hear.