Great quotes, Classicom. So there you go, CathMom. Never, never use sweetsie romanticism. It's right up there with wiccans and fluffy bunnies.
Okay, let me get this clear. When I speak of forgiveness and mercy, this makes me a "sweetsie romantic." When I speak of swords and daggers this makes me a member of the Church militant?
I spent a very long time living in anger. I was angry that, as a Christian, I had to live my life differently that everyone else and probably suffer more than others. I was angry that I could not go to Mass on Sunday. I was angry that ....... the list just goes on.
I speak often of Gods Mercy because I don't deserve it. I am a sinner. I spend a lot of time in the confessional. I also don't want to spend my whole life angry about everything. I don't think Jesus was angry all the time. Why should I be?
Just recently our priest was talking about the lives of various Sts. They are all so different. Some were amazingly brazen and crass. Others had gentle spirits and kind words. Still others spent their whole lives in silent prayer and meditation. Others attacked heresies and kept the Church alive.
I'm not a particularly "nice" person. I don't mind telling someone the truth when they need to hear it. I don't mind correcting someone or asking tough questions. As a result, I don't have many friends. Never have. Heck, even my own family members find me hard to take.
But to come here to a forum of supposedly like minded Catholics and be criticized for not be bold enough, angry enough, hard enough, or whatever enough one thinks a trad Catholic should be is just outright wrong.
The people I have come to know at my Chapel are amazing. Our Priest is incredible. And not any of them are angry or hateful. I don't believe Truth has to be hateful or hurtful. It just has to be the Truth.
I'm not going to stop coming here and engaging in discussions. There are some terrific people here with good hearts and honest souls. I appreciate each and every one's well thought out opinions on most matters. I've learned a lot in the process. I just find it interesting that someone decided that I'm am worthy of the ignore button.