I’m going to teach y’all a Catholic meme
I am incredibly overwhelmed and ready to just quit my job. I have no idea what to do with my life and I can’t be a priest or a monk and I just can’t go on. Please pray for me.
I'll keep you in my prayers
Hey dude!! Im catholic, born and raised, but I feel like I dont know much in depth stuff about the catholic faith? Like I know the basics, the stuff you know just by being catholic, but oftentimes when people ask me "what do Catholics believe abt [insert religious thing]" I dont rlly know. Do you have any recommendations for like. Catholic content (podcasts or youtube preferred but Im open to anything), that isnt just "catholic 101" but goes more in depth? God bless and have a good day!
OK, I will organize this by type of content. I should say as a disclaimer that personally when it comes to questions of Catholic doctrine I just search through the Catechism for it (like I Google "CCC guardian angels" and I find the Catechism section to consult), so I actually don't regularly consume a ton of Catholic content for the purposes of learning doctrine. But I've got some recommendations I can give you.
Books. You can probably find these in audiobook form if you prefer audio.
The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything by James Martin
Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James Martin
The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr
Loaves and Fishes: The Inspiring Story of the Catholic Worker Movement by Dorothy Day. Actually just anything by Day is good, but I really like this one
Interior Castle by St Teresa of Avila
The Joy of the Gospel by Pope Francis
The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A Kempis
The writings of the Saints in general. They can get kinda dry but they're worth reading
TheHippieCatholic. She makes lefty Catholic content that I like a lot. Here's one of her videos.
The Ten Minute Bible Hour. He's actually a Protestant but he does a lot of ecumenical stuff, including conversations with Catholic theologians that go through Catholic doctrines on specific issues. Here's a good video on violence.
I have mixed feelings about this one, but Ascension Presents is pretty good. Short videos, goes into doctrine without being too in depth and scaring you off, etc. A little conservative for my taste in a lot of their videos, but not overmuch, so I'm still recommending them. Here's their "why be Catholic" video.
Podcasts. Frankly, I don't listen to a lot of podcasts. Here's the Catholic ones I know.
America Magazine (big recommend on them btw) has some podcasts all of which are pretty good, I really like "The Gloria Purvis Podcast" and "Plague" (which inspired Hidden Mercies), but they're all nice. Here's the list.
Vine & Fig (I love Vine & Fig) has a podcast called "Tabard Inn" that doesn't go very in depth on Catholic issues, but is very good if you're interested in queer Catholic spirituality.
The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal have a podcast called "From the Friars" that I've listened to a few times. Goes more in depth than a lot of other Catholic podcasts so I like it.
"Catholic Stuff You Should Know" I've listened to a few times, very mysteriously named episodes but nice to listen to and informative.
I hope these were helpful! Also if anyone has more recs, please add them to this post so anon can find them!
Lately I've been thinking a lot about my relationship with Christianity and the way we talk about Christian hegemony in pagan spaces.
I think as a white pagan and a survivor of religious trauma, it's easy to slip into an antagonistic/victim mindset. And while yes, colonialism and forced conversion are part of this history and definitely something we need to unpack, I'm realizing it's not that simple.
Spending time with people of color (especially my Latina Catholic fam 💛) has really helped me appreciate the role Christianity, and especially Mary and the saints, played in preserving indigenous traditions that otherwise would have been stamped out by colonizers. Luisah Teish articulates this really well in this chapter in Jambalaya, and it's something I've seen at work in my own family as I learn about African and indigenous American traditions and how they've merged with Christianity. Just something on my mind atm.
Don’t stop short
(for someone who’s almost there)
In today’s Gospel, there’s a paralyzed man who’s trying to get to Jesus. So he can be healed.
He’s already blessed. Because he’s got four friends who are carrying him to Jesus. He wasn’t going to get anywhere without their help.
But the crowd is so big, that they can’t get him anywhere near Jesus.
You know they’re real friends because of what they did next. They didn’t say to him, “There’s just too many people. I’m so sorry. Maybe next time.”
Not these guys. They don’t stop short. They keep trying. And end up doing something totally unexpected.
They go up on the roof of the house Jesus is in. Start taking off the roof tiles until they’ve got hole big enough. Then lower the man down to Jesus.
I don’t know what’s better about this. Their “I-don’t-think-so-you-are-getting-to-Jesus-now” attitude. Or seeing Jesus’ complete joy at their unstoppable determination to help their friend.
We’ve all got someone like that in our lives. Someone who’s stuck. Maybe they’re dealing with a physical problem. Or an illness. Or an addiction. Or a job loss. Maybe it’s something else.
Whatever it is, what they’re dealing with has gotten big. Big enough to come between them and Jesus. And they’re stuck.
They’re not going anywhere without help.
If you know someone who’s stuck like that, don’t just shake your head and give an excuse. “I’m so sorry. Maybe next time.”
If God has put it in your heart to help someone, do it. Don’t stop short. Keep trying. Even if it means doing something totally unexpected.
The point of von Balthasar’s hopeful universalism isn’t to do away with Hell, it’s just a natural consequence of the Church’s mission. If we don’t hope that everyone can be saved, why should we evangelize?
I think there are two normal responses to the condition of humanity, the first is to become invigorated to evangelize and to spread the Gospel, the other is to fall into despair about the fact that many are seemingly going to be damned to an eternity of Hell. Von Balthasar is trying to insulate against the second effect. Those people that are dead, thus past the possibility of evangelization? Don’t worry about them, just trust in God’s justice and mercy. Maybe there’s something that we don’t know about, and they’re happily roasting in purgatory instead of eternal hellfire. Maybe they are in Hell. Our task is one that God can accomplish through us, so our duty is to pray, hope, and, through the grace of God, work for the salvation of all.