Surrounded by athiests.
It's a popular topic these days, as most blogists know.
So what else is new?
Has anyone stopped to consider that this just might be the advent of the general apostasy Scripture tells us about?
Another popular topic lately.
Catholics seem to be finally waking up to the understanding that being Catholic should never, ever be concerned about human respect... much less the number of followers a cardinal gets on Twitter, or his rank on Time's 100 list.
When Elizabeth Seton entered the Catholic Church she became an outcast to the New York social scene at the time. She never worked to be hip or included back 'in' her former high society circles.
Since Mother Seton's time, the Church in the U.S. often bent over backwards not to be too Catholic and to be accepted as 'fellow Americans'. Cassocks were pretty much relegated to be worn on Church property only, and the clerical suit took its place. Nuns at baseball games, and indeed, playing baseball became the image of religious life, almost as if to prove they were just like everyone else, except for the weird clothes. Those were soon discarded in order to assimilate even more into society - thus almost disappearing all together. The Catholic Church in the United States has a long history of trying to be respectable. Not all Catholics of course, but a fairly large majority of them - until Civil Rights in the '60's, but then that was simply a paradigm shift, which made way for a new establishment.
Anyway, the attacks and disrespect against Catholicism in society today just might be the chastisement we all need to become holy and take our religion seriously - with or without the externals. Oh, and damn the polls.
Just a couple of thoughts during siesta.