LET IT aLL sTART hERE
For Catholics who care...
The one thing I am rarely guilty of is not paying close attention to the directives of authority figures. I take their words literally and their challenges seriously.
So as you can imagine, I listen closely to what our beloved Pope Francis asks of me. And with that in mind, let us consider once again his call to every Christian, through his Exhortation--The Joy of the Gospel, to get busy in small ways (as well as thru wide-ranging campaigns,) and "take up, with the whole Church, this new phase of evangelization."
I am a great proponent of the Grassroots Movement. Small, creative, constant efforts are, to me, as powerful a means of revolt as any armament. Think of Gandhi's 1930's Salt March, a perfectly successful protest. You might be asking: where is she going with this? Why the allusion to a battle? Well, in our "call to be constantly ready to bring the love of Jesus to others", we will be called also to disarm and work against relativism. There is no way around it.
Historically, the Catholic Church, especially under John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, has identified moral relativism as one of the most significant problems for faith and morals today. But that is a subject for another of my blog bits.
As a grassroots effort "to go forth" and evangelize, I would like to offer this suggestion to Pope Francis: Reinstate the capitalizing of all pronouns referring to God . Faithful Catholics had been doing so for decades. And by doing so, the Catholic scribe bares witness to his/her faith. By doing so there is a clear message being sent to the secular world: We believe in God and we believe in showing reverence for God. To put it simply: We believe.
When I was learning to write in third grade, Sr. Vencenzia (1971) taught us to capitalize all pronouns referring to God. It was how we showed reverence for Him. Before word processors and before writing cursive was a lost art, I rewrote many sentences because I had not been paying attention to that little "Catholic Rule."
And yet my pastor, the other day (2014) informed me that: It is no longer done.
Who gets to change the rules? Is it more apathy at play here or our culture's lost ability to be constant and stand for something that is meaningful?
Would you like to join the army of "Spirit-filled evangelizers" that Pope Francis is searching for? You don't have walk 240 miles as Gandhi and his followers did. You can do something as simple as choosing to capitalize the "H" in the words: He, His...Him. After all, isn't it the least we can do for Him?