A fellow named Mark Shea has a blog called Catholic and Enjoying It
. The title sums up something I’ve known for a long time about being a Catholic. It’s a lot of fun! It’s a lot of work, too, sometimes, and sometimes it could get you killed. But most of all it’s a lot of fun.
The secret is locked up in what I’ve come to call Pogo’s Equation, the solution to which is given us every year on Easter morning. I guess that’s what’s behind Pope Benedict’s new deal about evangelization and re-taking the ground lost in Europe and other places. As the song asks, “How can you keep from singing?”
Mark Shea also writes the occasional article for the National Catholic Register, and probably a dozen other things. I like reading what he writes because even when he’s stalking the bad guys he’s doing it with good spirit and a jolly smile. Well, on his blog this morning he merely gives one a copy of a You Tube video by a Fr. Robert Barron who is, I think, a professor at Mundelein Seminary. The video is worth watching. I get the feeling that Father Barron does what he does with the same kind of spirit as does Mark Shea. It’s about that “Singing” thing. Father Barron is talking about why he’s doing what he’s doing and how he does it. We could learn something about doing the same thing; explaining the equation, sort of.
At the National Catholic Register Shea has an article called It’s a Good Thing We Won World War II. The article is worth the few minutes it’ll take you to read it, especially the quote from the journal (magazine?) Psychology Today, for letting us know what is happening while we sleep (to allude to a book about another time and place), and why we need to go around making our point; with a song in our hearts.
The comments, too, are very interesting. Some folks don’t seem to get the point, or listen to the music. They’re still working on the left side of that equation
Do yourself a favor, read and then understand why we ought to be praying, fervently, for help; because we are certainly incapable of getting ourselves out of this mess we have placed ourselves in without it. Of course, if you are a HC (Happy Catholic) you’ve already been praying, and singing and smiling. You know the answer.
I now expect the usual comments from the usual sources that what is wrong is either the fault of the vicious people in the Vatican, the Tea Partiers or the Democrats, or the Market, or the unions, or a thousand other things, including bad genes and un-planned parenthood. To which I reply, “Go read Pogo if you really want to know.”
Better yet, read, if you must, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; and everything that goes before it and comes after it in that Book.