Proud to be Crazy

This weekend the bishop told those being confirmed that one attitude they will face from their peers is the idea that they must be crazy to go to mass every week. The reality is that you have to be crazy not to go to mass.
We live in an insane world. There is the danger of terrorism. Violence is rampant. There have been over 70 school shootings since Sandy Hook and the death toll in our cities some weekends is greater than in Afghanistan the same weekend. There is an epidemic of STD’s, broken families and stories of abuse. Then there is the economic uncertainty. We never know if our finances will survive the next economic downturn. On top of that we see natural disaster after natural disaster, hurricanes, blizzards, floods, tornadoes and wild fires.
The reality is that we are living in a moral cesspool; extremely dangerous to both body and soul. There is an incredible amount of temptation facing all of us today; so many ways to get hurt. We are bombarded by trash virtually every time we turn on the media. Most of TV and movies subtlety attack Christian values. There is pressure to cheat, drink, use drugs and hook up. This is the world we live in yet we are considered crazy for going to church.
We have to be crazy not to approach the source of life, of grace and everything good every chance we can get. Despite what the critics say we don’t eat a cookie at mass but we receive Jesus in all of his power and glory, the same Jesus who performed miracles all over Palestine almost 2000 years ago. He is alive and present at every mass and He cares about each one of us, our problems and concerns. He longs to help us, to comfort us and to bless us in ways beyond our imagination. He is real but too often we don’t believe like little children but have let the lies of the world destroy our faith. We come to mass expecting nothing and that is what we get. We are like the people of Nazareth who could not believe in Jesus.
God has so much to give us at mass if we would only open our hearts to Him. We would experience a love way beyond our comprehension, one that would change us and our world forever. We would know that with Jesus all things are possible including miracles. God loves us passionately with an infinite love and wants to pour out that love upon us. Every mass, every communion is an opportunity to plug into His infinite love and mercy, to receive His grace and strength, to be blessed by God
Isn’t it more crazy to stay home? Don’t we need all the grace and help we can get?
Me? I’m proud the world considers me crazy!

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Author: ronquinlan

To me the message is what is important. Feel free to copy and use anything on this blog. Some pieces were originally published by Catholic Lane so please give them credit. I am a charismatic Roman Catholic and former Social Studies teacher in Catholic Schools. Pieces I've written have been published on Catholi Lane, Catholic Exchange and the Women of Grace blog.

2 thoughts on “Proud to be Crazy”

  1. Well if it’s crazy to go to mass every week I must be considered a raving lunatic and I love it! Going to mass in the morning sets the tone for the whole day. My days are beautiful when I start off receiving Jesus at mass. I might have maybe one or two bad days a year and the rest of the days are great. Going to mass in the morning is the reason why. Beautiful piece Ron.

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