I've been snatching moments with G.K. Chesterton's The Well and the Shallows, which opens with a chapter on "The Six Things That Would Have Made Me Catholic Had I Not Already Been One."
His examples include the Lambeth Conference and the Spanish Civil War. A little dated. So, I got to thinking and came up with my own list. There's a book to be written here, but in no particular order, I present:
The 10 Things That Would Have Made Me Catholic Had I Not Already Been One
1. Humanae Vitae and the defense of sacramental marriage. Seriously. This Church is either totally crazed or it's the only true Church.
2. St. Gianna Beretta Molla. Again, a Church that honors a woman who died for her unborn child in 1962 is either messed up or has something special.
3. Ecumenism done well. Read Touchstone or check out the Manhattan Project or read about the pope's approach to the Orthodox Churches.
5. Of Gods and Men. You have got to watch this film.
6. Amanda Marcotte. Just read Jennifer Fulwiler--forget the content, just note her language and manner of engaging. Then compare her style to Marcotte's vulgarity. Then back to Fulwiler's response. I'd rather be Catholic.
7. The iPod "Confession App" controversy. There are some things (e.g., God) that just can't be replaced.
8. The loss of religious freedom in the West. Just trace that history: Luther to today.
10. John Paul II's contrition.
11. Oh... and that inscrutable factor: the grace of God.
Again, I don't have the time to defend or fully explain these. But they're what come to mind when I wonder: why am I still here?
What would you add or subtract? What makes you Catholic?