I once heard someone say that the longer you are a Christian, the fewer non-Christian friends you have. I know this has been very true for me. As I fell in love with God and my Catholic faith in high school, the more I started to make choices around my faith. Where I went to college, the career I chose, the subjects I studied, and how I spent my free time were significantly influenced by my identity as a follower of Christ. I don’t think this self-segregating phenomena is peculiar to Christians. It’s totally normal, if not always healthy, to spend time with people who think and act like us. However, by the magic of social media, I’ve managed to stay in touch with, reconnect with, meet, and in fact deepen relationships with people whose lives have taken a very different turn from my own. Some of these people are atheists
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When I tell you I’m pro-life, this is what I mean.
“Forgive me, Father, for I have trolled. My last confession was right before I saw that stupid post on Facebook. You know the one: the one where that idiot said something really dumb. Well anyway, since that time, I have spent way too much time on social media telling people that they were wrong. I stayed up too late, neglected my other responsibilities, burned with the rage of 1000 white hot fiery suns for mine enemies, let total or near strangers disrupt my inner peace, and used arguments so terrible that they wouldn’t convince a hungry German shepherd to eat bacon. For these and all my sins, I am heartily sorry.”
“A good confession, my child. For your penance, say two Hail Mary’s and read this dank blog post.”
“I don’t need a Church to tell me I’m wrong when I know I’m wrong. I need a Church to tell me I’m wrong when I think I’m right.” - G.K. Chesterton
Over the past few weeks since the election, I’ve been reflecting on these stories and others like them. I’ve read many articles, watched many videos and broadcasts, and had many long, deep discussions with friends from across the political spectrum. I’ve been asking myself the questions that many in America and elsewhere are asking: What is the path to peace amongst so much division? How do we cure our nation of the disease that plagues it?