Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Catholic in the Ozarks is now FULLY CHRISTIAN

"Cross at Sunset"
Thomas Cole, circa 1848
If you're a regular reader of this blog you've undoubtedly noticed some pretty big changes. I have changed the name of my blog from "Catholic in the Ozarks" to "Fully Christian." This is not to say that my blog wasn't fully Christian before. It was and still is. Nor is this meant to imply that other Christians are not truly Christian. On the contrary, there are many non-Catholic Christians who put Catholics to shame with their faith and virtues. However, to be Catholic is to approach the Christian faith in its fullness, leaving nothing out, but embracing everything Christianity has to offer, and holding nothing back.

Along with the name change I've changed the look and feel of the blog, however, the content is exactly the same. You can continue to expect the same frank, candid and in-depth Catholic blogging. I've chosen to rebrand my blog to reach a wider audience, and to make a very profound point that our fellow non-Catholic Christians need to hear. We Catholics are FULLY CHRISTIAN, and when we say that, what we mean is that to be Catholic is to accept the FULL and COMPLETE Christian faith, without leaving anything out. We embrace it all, "the whole enchilada" as they say, and we reject all attempts to curtail, abridge or modify Christianity to suit our personal or social fancies.

It's more than that too. A good number of our Protestant brethren don't even know that Catholics are Christians. Part of that is our fault. This is because we commonly use the word "Catholic" in reference to ourselves as a noun. Indeed, the word "Catholic" most certainly can be used that way, but I think we do so to our own detriment sometimes. I think it would be more prudent on our part to use the word "Catholic" more often as an adjective than a noun, and call ourselves "Catholic Christian" rather than just "Catholic." By doing this we drive the point home that we are Christians in the first place. Not only that, but by using the word "Catholic" as an adjective instead of a noun, we are calling attention to the fact that the word "Catholic" actually means something, and is not merely a denominational designation. The hope of course is that somebody will ask why we call ourselves "Catholic Christians," and that leads to the explanation that the word "Catholic" simply means: whole, universal, complete, eclectic, all embracing, and full.  Thus when we say we are "Catholic Christian" what we are really saying is that we are "Fully Christian" in that we embrace the full teachings of the Christian faith and leave nothing out.

So I ask my readers to consider this point, and perhaps start using the terms "Catholic Christian" and "Fully Christian" in reference to ourselves. Perhaps then the opportunity will arise to witness to your non-Catholic friends, and in doing so you might even consider directing them to this blog, which can now be reached using the web address -- FullyChristian.Com

3 comments:

TheDigitalNet said...

Amen my former protestant brother

johnnyc said...

It's called the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. I have no problem identifying as Catholic. Just because protestants do not view Catholics as Christian that is their problem. If they want to discuss it fine, if not really don't care what they think. I think the fact that you need to identify as Catholic Christian may say something about your protestant background? One thing I will say is that Catholics need to differentiate from protestant lingo. If a protestant asks if you have a personal relationship with Jesus, Catholics should answer .....of course I have a personal relationship with Jesus through the Sacraments that He gave us. Steve Ray says this also.....If a Catholic is asked by a protestant if you are born again our answer should be yes I am born again the Bible way (Baptism). Identifying as Catholic also leaves no doubt about the One True Church that Jesus founded the Catholic Church.

Eugene DeLalla said...

I agree with Johnnyc and go one step further: we Catholics have the most intimate and personal of relationships with Our Lord because we received Him, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist. "They" don't. And that is why they must come home. As St.John reports in Chap. 6; unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you will NOT have life in you. That, to me, says it all.