Not too long ago I had the privilege to read Mary Johnson’s book An Unquenchable Thirst: Following Mother Teresa in Search of Love, Service and an Authentic Life. I wrote my review here.
What message would you like to send to anyone who is sitting in a Church pew right now but may not believe in Catholic doctrine?
Trust yourself. Find someone to talk to who will listen to your doubts with an open mind. Realize that those who pronounce on doctrine are human, just like you are. Find a community that will nourish you and in which you can be yourself without pretending, whether it’s at your gym or in a book group or an atheist or Humanist organization. Is remaining in the Church worth losing your soul?
Trust yourself. Two simple words, that for some reason, had a great impact on me today. I’ve had this fear that what I have to say and what I think is not quite as smart or as important as others. I have mourned the loss of like-mindedness that I used to have with the majority of my family. I’ve felt guilty and ashamed and afraid that my thoughts were not my own. I’ve often times tried to hide my views under the guise that I don’t want to upset anyone else, but truth be told I don’t want to deal with the upset that they may cause me. I know that I’ve thought this out for myself. This has been my journey. I just need to trust myself.
Trust yourself. That has been easier said than done for me.
As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832)