One man’s fascinating reflections on his faith and what it means to be Catholic.

How I came to speak Catholic

Try to put into words why you’re Catholic, and you’ll find you’re speaking the mysterious language of saints and sinners.

By Brian Doyle 

Recently a friend asked me why I was Catholic. I mumbled the first few reasons that entered my head—the faith of my family, the enticing power of the story, and increasing belief as I age that divinity indeed infuses all thing, and that Christ, dead in the dust at age 33, was indeed distilled divinity.

My friend was satisfied and moved the conversation along to other things, but I was not satisfied and so have continued to write down reasons that I am Catholic.

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