When I was in high school, I discovered that our church had its own way of doing things that didn’t always make a lot of sense to my adolescent mind. As a college student, I even left the church for a while.
A few years later, however, I came back. And, with my new faith, I started to see that behind each of the Catholic Church’s rules and teachings, which before seemed arcane or confusing to me, there were clear reasons — not just isolated explanations to individual questions, but pieces that fit into a pattern for life in Christ.
Through my own reading and pestering of priests and others, I found many of the reasons I’d been looking for. But by then I had new questions. I realized the more I learn about this church, the more there is to learn. That was the motivation for this blog. I figure, if I’m wondering about some aspect of church teaching or practice, somebody else might want to know, too. And you could be thinking about questions I haven’t started to consider.
“Faith and Reasons” works from the idea that the church offers good reasons for what it teaches. If you’re looking for answers, you can submit questions about the Catholic Church, as long as they’re succinct and related specifically to teaching and practice — from why we make the sign of the cross, for example, to questions about a sacrament or a refresher on why and when we fast during Lent.
I’m not a theologian and don’t pretend to have the answers to all questions of faith. But I am a journalist with experience looking for answers. I’ll do the research, consulting authentic sources such as the Catechism of the Catholic Church, as well as connecting with priests, religious, professors and other experts in the Twin Cities and beyond.
St. Augustine said, “Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.”