Thursday, January 26, 2012

Little Catholic Bubble

Dear liberals/leftists/secularists/atheists:
You are welcome in the Bubble! In fact, I encourage your comments and perspective. I will give you a fair hearing,
I will not misrepresent you, and I will remain respectful in
my questioning and responses... Pope John Paul II once
said that it's impossible to correct every error we encounter,
but we must always speak the truth. I know that some folks will never be convinced, and others will react with a knee-jerk emotional outburst. I accept that. I won't censor them, and I will occasionally dissect their words to get to the truth of the matter.
—Leila, Little Catholic Bubble

Fair enough. I'm willing to follow the blog, give Little Catholic Bubble a try.

I once was a Little Catholic GIRL. The title of Leila's blog is intriguing to me.

As I explore the welcome statement, I find that according to
I am not athiest, nor rightist, that I comfortably wear two of her labels: liberal
and leftist. Perhaps I am a secularist as well: I don't want the government choosing the religious element inserted into public schools from innumerable elements termed religious in this broken world. The public education system, elected government officials, hired administrators, steering committee
volunteers, human beings - WE - could choose poorly. NASB

In RADICAL, David Platt invites us to
come to worship ready to learn
so that we can TEACH.

I believe learning requires exposure to new-to-us ideas, words affirming our beliefs AND words calling into question the core ideas we hold onto most tightly. The challenge is to engage in conversations and fully listen, be open to hearing words with which we may not - or will not - agree. LISTEN as though we will be called to TEACH.

Leila may be onto something.

Despite scars carried from the traditional religious architecture of my youth,
I find great healing in the 3-minute Retreat on my sidebar AND find myself open
to hearing what Leila has to say. Little Catholic Bubble is recommended at Coffee With God, its author Lori,  a trusted friend with whom I often - and not always - agree.

While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him
this message: "Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man..."

Matthew 27:19 NIV

As I explore the New Testament cover to cover for the first time, I discover things
I missed in the Catholicism of my youth. While my heart yearns for what Pilot's wife is saying, "Christ is a noble man" MSG, today I hear as selfish, "for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him." NIV

And, I cannot see all that God has planned.

I am not skilled to understand
what God has willed
what God has planned

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Lori said...

I am a regular reader of the Bubble - I usually agree overall, but am not always entirely comfortable with Leila's forcefulness. I'll be interested to hear how you like it as time goes by! She generates a lot of comments/discussion - I really like following that.

Rw said...

Do you ever jump in? I often doubt my ability, but never so much as the night of 03/10/2011 sitting at a kitchen table with 3 pastors (ok... even that visual is hard to imagine) and I am talking about how powerful the imagery in The Shack is especially for women in whispered hopes. Unsure of myself, I am withholding a key piece of information and eventually one man asks the obvious question, "What book?" My response is, "I'm not telling you." Not my finest moment! Rw

Rw said...

I unsubscribed from "Little Catholic Bubble" today, after reading her Feb 8, 2012 post and all the comments. I believe is it necessary to debate when we disagree, and to do so in love. I am unsubscribing because I just can't take anymore of the bashing. Too much clanging for me, not enough Christ in the blog.

"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal." 1 Corinthians 13:1 NIV