Almost Catholic: An Appreciation of the History, Practice, by Jon Sweeney

By Jon Sweeney

Jon Sweeney, a self-described “evolved Protestant” and famous non secular author, has lengthy been interested by the Catholic Church. besides the fact that, it wasn’t till he used to be a tender missionary within the Philippines that he really started to comprehend the Church’s traditions, mysteries, and non secular ideals and its carry on those that keep on with the culture. As he explains, Catholic spirituality is all approximately responding to the basic secret of Jesus, the incarnation, and what all of it intended initially in addition to what it capability today.In nearly Catholic, Sweeney bargains an appreciation of Catholicism, weaving within the tale of his personal explorations with these of others who've additionally been interested in this custom. He unearths himself interested in the Church’s historic and medieval traditions out of a wish to connect to the inner most and widest paths at the method. millennia of saints and practices and teachings and secret shape a connection for him to the very beginnings of Christianity.

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Even as a cloistered, contemplative monk—or perhaps especially because he was contemplative—Merton realized on that day and that street corner that he was not separated from anyone but united essentially with every other human being. His spiritual practice changed on that afternoon as he began to realize the essential oneness of all people. No longer was he looking out from his monastic cell onto a world that needed his prayers. After his epiphany moment, Merton sought to be in solidarity with people of all backgrounds; he worked to understand others and to speak, pray, and act in unity with them.

Instead, to be Catholic is, first, to be illuminated by the Holy Spirit. Ask and it shall be given to you. Ask and you shall know God with you, God with others, God made flesh in humankind. Ask and you will see it. The Catholic brings to every problem and situation the perspective of trying to understand the human condition in light of God with us in Christ. The Catholic imagination sees the world from a perspective that is messy and particular and mystical. God is here. God is with us. We are generalists.

3 g o d i s h e re 33 The modern mind finds it hard to imagine deity in these places of everyday life. “Show it to me,” we demand. ” Many obstacles have derailed what was once the premodern, more Catholic belief that God is among us. The Divine was believed to drop in from time to time to do inexplicable things, often at the request of the penitent. Spatial geography was different in those days too. Our ancestors looked exclusively up to the heavens to pray. Before Christ, both sun and full moon were happy pronouncements of Divine intent.

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