Recently I considered starting a blog under some sort of pseudonym, just so I could be brutally honest about all the things that I am actually too polite to say (or blog) publicly.  Because, believe-it-or-not, there are a great many things I actually hold back on.

But, I prayed about it, and realized that if I have reservations about communicating something, that’s probably a really good sign that I don’t need to.  Stating my mind has never been difficult for me.  Those of you who know me well can vouch for this, but please, don’t!  😉

So, instead of secretly blogging about a bunch of things I really don’t even need to be thinking about, I have decided to just focus more on blogging about the things that really matter to me, and not worrying about running off all eight of my regular readers.

For example:  I am Catholic.  On purpose.  I left the Catholic Church for roughly 12 years because of things I blindly believed that were told to me by well-meaning, but very wrong, non-Catholics.  However, in my time out of the church, I learned that many, many Protestants have very strong anti-Catholic sentiments, and so I tend to try to not gush on-and-on about ‘Catholic Stuff’, lest I freak out my Protestant friends, whom I love dearly.

Our Lady of Czestochowa

But, I’m not going to be shy about being Catholic anymore.  I love being Catholic!  I go to Mass almost every day, and have a goal of actually making it every single day.  I have recently started attending weekly Adoration.  I try to say my Rosary every single night.  I have little Holy Water Fonts in my house.  I love my framed picture of Our Lady Of Czestochowa (Ches-toe-HOE-vuh), the Patroness of Poland, almost as much as I love the pictures of my own grandmothers!  I am even very seriously considering wearing a Mantilla to Mass. (gasp!) I ask various Saints to pray for me, same as I might ask any living friend or family member to pray for me. I abstain from eating meat on Fridays.  And so on.

So.  There you have it.  I am very saddened by all the folks who don’t understand my religion, and believe the lies they have heard about it.  I am sorrier still for Catholics who misrepresent our Faith and tarnish it.  I try very hard not to be one of them.  For now, let me just assure any of you who may have doubts, I am, by Protestant definition, “Saved”.  I welcome the chance to clear up any confusion about Catholicism if anyone is sincerely interested. I am not interested in converting everyone to the Catholic Church, so you don’t need to worry about that.

And, in retrospect, I suppose that is part of the reason why my blog has seemed to be, at least in my opinion, ‘all over the map’.  I have been soft-pedaling the biggest and most important part of my life: my Faith!  Being Catholic is such an integral part of our lives that it has become difficult to give updates and opinions without discussing that aspect in some way.  So, I hope to be quite a bit more focused now, and am looking forward to sharing in much greater detail the little things that happen daily in our very Catholic home.

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