I had an idea a long time ago to have a table set up in public with a sign reading, “Stump a Catholic.” I tabled that idea for a while after realizing it was stupid (like that pun). I converted it to a social media experiment a few months ago that I didn’t keep up with. Earlier this month I decided to take the awesome name and good intentions into the blogosphere, so here we are. I figured today, the first day of the liturgical year, is a great time to go ahead and dive into it. Welcome to Stump a Catholic, my silly attempt at evangelization.
I’ve tried blogging before, but I was too shy to keep up with it. It can be intimidating to put things down on the internet for the world to read and judge you by. At least it is for me. Enter Pope Francis last summer. At World Youth Day, Francis urged the attendees to go back to their dioceses to “make a mess.” The point is to go out and spread the gospel. Period. Sometimes you’ll have good ideas and sometimes you’ll have bad ones, but the Church cannot afford for you to not try. When I heard that, I began thinking about what I had been doing and what I could be doing and realized that I was getting complacent with my work for the kingdom. It was time for something new. I think this is a good place to start.
With this blog I hope to offer answers to the sorts of questions that stump believers and non-believers alike (so ask away!), but mostly I hope to offer a chilled invitation into a deep exploration of Christ in this world. “American Christianity” is so boring and so shallow that it causes a lot of apathy for believers and non-believers alike. I believe Catholicism offers the depth and the reality that a lot of people are seeking. I like to think I can help them find it.
If you like Christ, Rush, and Batman, I think this could be the start of a beautiful blog-lationship.
Happy New Year, Church!