Be Brave, Just Listen

27 Mar

 I have a problem. I can’t say what I have to say in the brief chit-chat exchanges of many bloggers. I find this informal and folksy exchange valuable and enjoyable. But I hope you can bear with me as I try to be eye-appealing (I’m still learning to manage photos on this site) and as brief as possible.

To that end, I will write shorter blogs extended over more time.

What I will do is give you the reason I believe what I believe – and the personal struggles I’ve encountered in my faith in God and in the wonders of his Church. Then, we go into the wisdom and peace of living in the will of God – and the social ramifications of a people of faith.

In the past two days, this blog has presented thoughts on what divides us —  racial tensions, political and  philosophical differences. It also presented admittedly general word-pictures of the values of past and present generations – perhaps unkind to the younger generation and too kind to the older.

It’s Time to Listen

It is time to “just listen.” I don’t dare speak for anyone but myself. However, it is clear that older folks need to admit they do not have all the answers and fail miserably in “speaking the language” of younger folk; and younger people must at last be willing to admit that they are resting on the shoulders of past generations – those who settled the wilderness of the “New World” and those who fought for freedom and equality in the Revolutionary, Civil and World wars – as well as those of questionable outcome such as Korea and Vietnam.

It’s also time to listen to people of faith. Those with little or no faith have the major media acting as their megaphone. Here is the great challenge of the 21st century – to make faith make sense to people, especially to those who people our churches on Sunday. We must, somehow, show that faith in God is foundational to our nation’s future as it has been in our past.

It’s Time to Be Brave

I ask you, especially those of you who consider faith quaint at best or ultimately ridiculous, please consider what I have to say. I speak as an unapologetic and grateful Christian – a Catholic who fits the Evangelical, Pentecostal and Catholic criteria of being born again and accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Check “About” for more background.

If you are firm in your belief that God and religion hold little or nothing of importance for you, what do you have to lose in listening with an open mind? I, too, will listen: Your responsible and charitable comments will be received with appreciation and published. (Forty years as an active Catholic editor have prepared me for the rough and tumble of dialogue and debate.)

Tomorrow: My conversion to full faith in Jesus Christ.

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