This week among various Catholic bloggers, and perhaps beyond, the phrase has been making the rounds "#whyremainCatholic". Many have risen to the challenge with lists of reasons and inspirations that affirm their Catholic faith.
Why now? Perhaps in response to a Pew survey that seems to offer a bleak outlook on the number of Catholics (to say nothing of our Christian brethren). Whatever the motivation, it's certainly a question worth asking – and more importantly, worth answering.
Why remain Catholic? For me, it's because of the Mass - the opportunity to encounter, worship and receive our Lord, particularly in the Eucharistic celebration.
There is so much tied into the Mass - the beauty of our churches, the grand musical tradition encompassing classical & modern, the reference of our attire ('Sunday best'), the vestments of the clergy, the simple power of prayer said together and the common postures we take.
At the center of the Mass is the 'source and summit' of our faith: the Eucharist. Even when unable to receive communion, I'm able to adore, celebrate, and to wonder at the simple glory of God coming to us.
Why remain Catholic? Because it's the place where Heaven and earth meet, giving for just a moment, a taste of what is to come!