I loved all three for their ability to be so fearless. As someone who sometimes struggles with writing everything I think for fear of injuring people, I admire their tenacity, their willingness to speak and be unafraid.
However, with the third firing, it brings the question, are the rest of us (and I will mean primarily me) being too tepid in our witnessing to the faith online? Am I avoiding the harder issues, the ones that rankle the soul because they demand I think and wrestle with convictions and find courage? You know, the biggies like politics, marriage, abortion, social justice, Pope Francis, right and left wing thinking in the Church, birth control, priesthood, the true nature of the Eucharist, the real consequence of prayer, all that stuff. Am I too comfortable being a comfortable Catholic blogger? Ought I to do more and if so, what?
Because we aren't called to a neat and tidy life. As I told my mom the other day, if there's a hard road, I find it and take it. She'll love reading that in my blog. Loving me as a child and as an adult must be the equivalent of a roller coaster experience where you keep thinking, have we had enough fun yet?
I go back to my original creed in writing. Truth has to lace everything, even charity, if it is to be true charity, just as charity has to lace every truth, so it may be received. However, it will mean I must not be afraid to use both charity and truth in equal parts. What is it I'm supposed to write? I know relevancy in writing is determined by the willingness to bleed on the page, to think about those things that matter, and to risk something beyond approval. Answer: ask the Holy Spirit to lead on, and follow.
I hate that I've answered my own question, but it's the lesson I keep learning. Study more, get back to work and buckle up.
****and then, real life interferes giving me the perfect Chocolate moment...my teenager is pretending to be an elephant and tormenting my five year old by snorting imaginary boogers in her hair. Sometimes, humor is healing. Sometimes it reveals how far we have to go even on the everyday issues before we can get to the big ones.