catholic -adjective/ including a wide variety of things; all-embracing.
Catholic-noun/ Roman Catholic faith
communion-noun/1.the sharing or exchanging of intimate thoughts and feelings, especially when the exchange is on a mental or spiritual level/2.the service of Christian worship at which bread and wine are consecrated and shared
I find myself wide awake at 4 am considering how I came to this ‘blog’. My grandmother on my mom’s side was originally Catholic (with a big ‘C’) and then Pentecostal in experience. There is a vague sense somewhere in my mind that she was more catholic than I knew. She was a wise and generous woman whom I loved dearly. She taught me many things. She prayed (communed with the Father) a lot and she had the rattiest looking Bible. Her bedroom was always the smallest room in the house. It usually had a single bed with a chair a comfortable chair and a small table with a lamp. When she wasn’t working that is where you could find her. She took care of elderly people, a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 7 or 8 depending on where she was living. She worked hard and died at 76 worn out. She wore herself out for others. There is a lot more to her story, but tonight it’s my story and at 70 years of age it is just beginning.
Having read much throughout the years, I have considered the martyrs and saints much further along in faith than myself. My aging body has begun to give me fits and starts and I find I am becoming more catholic…thus the beginning definitions. Their main source until the death of the saint was their communion with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They became more like Jesus. What drew them to the Father was their pain and isolation, their ‘communion’. They did not waste their pain and isolation. They learned ‘holy communion’ with the Holy Trinity. Even in the act of participation in ‘Holy Communion’ with others we are drawing closer and expanding our vision of God’s community of faith.
So I am considering that when someone asks me about my faith, I might just have to say…”Well, I’m a Christian of the catholic persuasion. A communicant of catholic communion.”