On Being an Authentic Christian Witness

There is much to munch on in a post entitled, Father Corapi and Authentic Christian Witness, by Anthony S. Layne on Outside the Asylum.

Excerpt:

So it is with authentic Christian witness. Ideally, a Christian properly formed and catechized isn’t simply Christian for an hour or so once a week; rather, he stops practicing his faith only when he falls asleep. And even then, his Christianity may shape his dreams.

That’s ideally. Many Christians aren’t properly formed or catechized. As well, Christian morality has to contend with the subversive influences of the journalism and entertainment industries (if they’re really separate any more), which are actively promoting a sort of lounging hedonism. But mostly, Christians are humans capable of making bad choices and rationalizing immoral acts, just like anyone else.

Now, it’s fairly easy to be a blogger, especially an obscure Catholic blogger like myself — the byline could just as well be A. N. Onymous as A. S. Layne. There’s no obsessed paparazzi trying to photograph my every scratch and record my every belch, no investigative reporters seeking skeletons in my closet, no PAC filing FIA requests for my tax records to expose me as a tax cheat. (At least, I hope not!) That’s because, when it comes right down to it, I’m just another face in the pews.

But moreover, it’s easy to write about the Catholic Faith. Much easier than it is to actually live the Catholic faith. Especially when your conversion comes later in your life, after a harum-scarum formation in a decade now generally recognized as the nadir of Catholic catechesis, as well as a couple of decades of spotty devotions and Mass attendance, combined with a general laissez-faire attitude to sexual morals only occasionally dented by qualms and doubts.   Read more here.

FYI: He ties in Father Corapi at the end of his post.

I am behind on several projects, but I will try and link to interesting posts by fellow bloggers.

About Susan Kehoe

I am the wife of a Catholic deacon living in Des Moines Iowa. My husband Larry was ordained in 2006. We have two children and five grandchildren.. Our daughter and her family live in Ireland, and our son and his family live in Franklin Massachusetts.
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