Why didn’t the Sect Tourist have a post last week?
Because Chuck is a lazy bum.
Well… that and babysitting a two year old.
But the real reason is I am not sure what to do next.
I began this blog almost twenty months ago intending it to last just six months. I was going to write about all those churches I was visiting and that would be it. That journey led to a crisis of faith in Protestantism which kept me writing and thinking out loud which led me to Catholicism. Suddenly I’m a tourist in the Catholic Church (it’s big enough) so I documented what I learned in class. Now I’m a Catholic… so…
I have a couple of friends who have challenged me with “How can you become Catholic when that church does ________________?” I’ve considered meeting those challenges in this blog, researching them and laying out the arguments for both sides in a coherent, non-emotional way but I’m not sure apologetics is my forte or my call.
I’ve also considered reviewing the books I’m reading or writing Catholic flash fiction or even more poetry but nothing is lighting up my Christmas tree… which tells me I’m trying to bull ahead on my own rather than seeking the guidance of God. Up to now this blog has written itself but suddenly I’m at a loss. It’s not a time for me to panic…
It’s time for me to be still.
It’s time for me to listen.
It’s time for me to be patient.
It’s time for me to wait.
God did not lead me to the Catholic Church so I could figure out what to write next but so I could worship Him in spirit and truth. If my prayers turn into “what should I do next?” I think God will be slapping his forehead and moaning in frustration (metaphorically speaking of course). If I start slapping my forehead and moaning in frustration (in reality of course) I will be cutting myself off from the relationship God wants with me. Let me listen when Christ says,
“Peace be with you.”
Thank you all for reading this blog! I just wanted you all to know why its changing, why its becoming more hit or miss. Nothing has gone wrong with The Sect Tourist, far from it, because now…
The Tourist abides.
May you too find the peace that comes from abiding in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.