Are you new to the Catholic Church? Or perhaps you’re not Catholic but you’re thinking of becoming one?
Or maybe you’ve been Catholic for a long time, but this spectacle around the Synod is causing doubts and anxiety in you?
Here’s my sincerest advice for you: stay away from this issue. I say this without the slightest tone of sarcasm or irony. I say it with urgency: stay away. Plug your ears. Change the channel. Don’t follow the stories in the media. Skip over the posts on this blog that deal with the Synod. Just avoid the subject completely, because it’s gonna get even uglier and you’d better sit this round out if you’re not prepared for it.
I mean no disrespect. And there’s no shame in you doing this. We don’t send wounded soldiers or disabled people to the front lines.
Everybody knows about hygiene, right? Wash your hands, brush your teeth, etc. You don’t want to expose your body to contaminants that could do you harm, right? The same principle applies to the spiritual life: don’t expose your soul to things that could harm your faith.
This shouldn’t be an excuse for generalized complacency or bail-out-ism. Many Catholics are ready for this battle and must do their part. Feeling the fatigue or dread of battle is normal, even for the most seasoned warrior. That doesn’t mean you can check out. Many of you know that you’ll never leave the Church and your faith isn’t shaken by the Synod. This your time.
But some of you don’t fully understand the teachings and can’t handle this confusion. If that sounds like you, then just stay away. Don’t get caught in the cross-fire or become collateral damage. Keep your distance and pray a simple one-liner each day: Lord, may your will be done in this Synod.
We’ll call you when it’s safe to come out again.