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The Word “And” A Catholic Universal Word

To be Catholic means that we are all in this together.
– Fr. Jim Brand, spiritual director at the Pontifical Beda College

Surfers, this blog is my invitation to you to join me in Catholic dialogue. As Fr. Jim said we are all in this together. To be truly Catholic is to understand the “and” of our universality. Progressives


traditionalists are all in this together. We call it Church. Roman Catholic Church. Don’t forget the “and.”

Father Jim Brand also offered a poem by Thomas Hardy. The message of the poem is clear, are you fervor-less seeing only gloom for the future Church or are you singing a full-hearted song of joy because you see the beauty of our future in all our diversity? To be able to see that we are all in this together is a grace from God.

Catholics are called to care for one another and to use their unique gifts and talents for the good of the community and the world.

Do you hear God’s call to share your talents? Is the Holy Spirit whispering to you now?

    The Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ Jn 6/51-58

Translated into modern parlance (and oversimplified) the message is that it is the community we celebrate with God and one another in the Eucharist that becomes the center of our lives and the promise of a banquet which will never end.
– Fr. Andrew Greeley

There you have it, surfers. The Holy Spirit guided you to this blog today. Will you answer the Catholic call? Let me know how you intend to respond to God’s call to be part of the universal Catholic Church.

About neodecaussade

I am a Roman Catholic quester. You will find that I have scripture based academic interests. You will discover that I am a conservative Catholic but I am also prone to heterodox tendencies. I am versed in highly pietistic traditionalist practices but I am not a traditionalist. I am interested in entering a discussion on the future of the Roman Catholic Church. I would like to have a role in discussing how the future Church will be shaped.

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