Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Adding My Two Cents

"A faith that supports itself by condemning others is itself condemned by the Gospel."
(Thomas Merton, Faith & Violence, 1968)

Well, this is not my two cents. It is actually Merton's two cents. :)
A blogging friend of mine has been writing posts lately about the infighting and condemning among some Catholic bloggers. I myself have also found this distressing. I really was not going to add anything to the discussion because I did not know what else to say.
Then I found this quote.
Enough said.


Victor S E Moubarak said...

Catholics will always argue about this and that. It's what we do best.

Jesus said that in His Father's house there are many rooms. I reckon He's saved a room specially for all Catholics so they can be put there to argue amongst themselves and give God some peace and quiet!

Let's pray we're not put in that room; and practice here whilst on earth by moving away from those blogs which specialise in arguments.

It seems the only thing we Catholics agree upon is having a second collection at church on Sunday.

God bless.

Colleen said...

Victor, thank you! I too pray that I am not put in that room! I want peace and quiet too!

Barb Schoeneberger said...

Because we're Catholic and visit other Catholic blogs we tend to notice this. It's common among other Christian sects, especially among bloggers who condemn the Catholic Church and show such astounding ignorance while doing it, just as some Catholic bloggers do the same. I'm for the peace and quiet. I leave minding other people's spirituality to God.

Colleen said...

Amen. Thank you, Barb.

Moonshadow said...

Merton hits the nail on the head.

I found the first part of the first reading on Friday morning very convicting, from 1 Tim. 6:2ff:

Beloved: Teach and urge these things. Whoever teaches something different and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the religious teaching is conceited, understanding nothing, and has a morbid disposition for arguments and verbal disputes. From these come envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions, and mutual friction among people with corrupted minds, who are deprived of the truth, supposing religion to be a means of gain. Indeed, religion with contentment is a great gain.

Been there, done that.

mary333 said...

I always knew there was a good reason that I love Thomas Merton. Not only his books but his poetry too! Where was I Wednesday that I missed this?

Thank you for linking to my post, Colleen. I have to be careful because I find myself getting too caught up in this infighting. I feel condemned sometimes because I like the Charismatic Movement, the New Mass, and the Latin one also. I can't see the big deal about loving all three :) Who says I have to pick just one? Not God :)

God bless you, Colleen!

Colleen said...

Moonshadow, thank you for the scripture. It says it all doesnt it?

Mary, glad you liked the quote. Knew you would! :)
No, it is not a big deal that you love all three.
May you find peace in that. And pray for those who would condemn you. :)
God bless you, too!

evanscove said...

Catholics are hardly the only Christians guilty of squabbling amongst themselves. Trust me, Protestants are probably worse about it, and they're constantly fragmenting into new denominations or independent congregations. But I think Merton made a good point. Or as my dad has emphasized to me, we should preach our belief, not our unbelief.


Colleen said...

Evan, you make a good point - about other Christians squabbling too. I like your father's saying! God bless!