One Last Thing

August 8, 2011

Friends, this our last post, at least for awhile. It’s been so much fun to find you on the internet and grow a little family together. But it’s time to say goodbye. In the words of another great Italian, Lieutenant Colombo, let me add, “Just one last thing.”

I always tell my authors to make sure that their books are about one thing. The one thing is the hub in the wheel. Without the hub there are no spokes. Without the spokes there is no wheel. The one thing is the idea that holds everything together as one.

What is the hub that holds together the chapters in Why Stay Catholic? It is the idea that grounds my life in this crazy, ridiculous world. It is one that assures me I will reach my destination even if it is the place from which I began. That idea is one word: ONE.

We are all one with God and with each other whether we know it or not. No matter what we do or how bad we think we are, nothing can separate us from the love of God who is Love. Not sin, not ignorance, not madness, not anything (Romans 8:38-39). How could it? “We live and move and have our being in God” (Acts 17:28). We are literally in Love! Can anyone separate a wave from the ocean?

Neither can anything separate us from each other. Just as a sunbeam is inseparable not only from the sun but from every other sunbeam, we are literally one with God and each other. In truth, there are no sunbeams, there is only light. Each of us is an aspect of light. Our purpose in life is to come to know it and show it.

The spokes in my hub are Jesus’ commandments to love God—or love being loving—and to be a light in the world. When Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” he was telling us something profound. We are our neighbor, and our neighbor is us. Jesus said, “My Father and I are one,” and then went on to teach us how to pray by saying, “Our Father…” We are all, each of us, the spiritual children of God, made in the image and likeness of Love, and nothing can separate us from Love or each other. It only looks that way.

The truth is, when a Good Samaritan helps a wounded man on the side of a road, a hospital goes up 2,000 years later. When a child in Calcutta goes hungry, a child in California senses her pain. When the United States sends AIDS medicines to families in Nigeria, the whole world is blessed. What blesses one, blesses all. What blesses all, blesses one. When Billy Crystal in City Slickers asks Jack Palance what the secret of happiness is, the old-timer answers, “It’s one thing.”

So then, all my new friends, even though this is the last post, let’s rejoice in knowing, it’s one thing: nothing can separate us from God or each other.


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{ 20 comments }

claire August 8, 2011 at 10:26 am

Au revoir, Mike! We are One :-)

Mike August 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Thank you, Claire, for being here. Au revoir and till next time.

Bob August 8, 2011 at 10:31 am

Mike,
As a kid my family use to have a phrase, “saved the best for last.” I think you did that with your post today. Thanks for that thought, and for your cheerfulness and infectious enthusiasm these last six months.
Oh, and one more thing….God Bless,
Bob

Mike August 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Back to you, Bob. And if you’re ever down in lower Fairfield, give a call.

Jaymee August 8, 2011 at 10:35 am

Thanks a lot for your wonderful posts. Will miss you a lot!

Mike August 8, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Thanks, Jamie. Like E.T., “I’ll be right here!”

Fran Rossi Szpylczyn August 8, 2011 at 11:08 am

Amen and amen and amen! Thank you for this wonderful ride… God bless you always, God bless us, as we truly all are members of the One Body. We are One. Love to you Mike!

Mike August 8, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Same to you, Fran. We haven’t met yet but you are a good, good friend!

Lee Shell August 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm

You’re right Mike – nothing can separate me from God -not even the Catholic church :-) Keep regular posts I hope. Lee

Mike August 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm

You got it, Lee! I’ll follow you on Facebook and I’ll be there too.

Anne Kertz Kernion August 8, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Mike, A heartfelt thank you for reminding me what is most important…loving! Your infectious optimism has brightened my days, as I’m sure it has many others. I’ll miss reading your insightful posts, but I’ll see you on the road, I hope! Enjoy your little grandkiddies:) Love love love…Anne

Andie August 8, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Well said Mike! We are one. There is something so comforting in those words. They keep us connected to each other and to our God. Many blessings being sent your way!

Ginny Kubitz Moyer August 9, 2011 at 3:23 pm

It’s been a joy to read your writings here, Mike. Thank you and God bless. (And enjoy those grandkids!)

janet Bentham August 9, 2011 at 6:36 pm

What a perfect book to find for helping with adult faith. I am from Ottawa, Canada. I purchased the book for our principals to read in the coming year. I am with the Ottawa Catholic School Board.
Thank You for writing so simply and honestly about the reasons why we should hold on when wanting to throw it all away. There are so many good reasons to love and work for passing on our tradition. Your book lays out so many reminders of the beauty within. thanks again! I’ll let you know how it goes.

Joe August 9, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Thanks Mike!

Joe

Dan Horan, OFM August 9, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Sorry to see WSC? Blog come to an end… if you are ever itching to do an occasional post, come guest-post on DG!! All the best!

Peace and Good!!

Laura Durkin August 9, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Mike, I will miss your advice and insight. It really did help me focus on the “one thing”. Thanks for all you do.

Mike August 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Thanks for the invite, Dan.

Sharon Chipman August 11, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Mike, just found this today. Read your book this summer and I love it. I want to buy it for the adults in our Family Faith Formation program – we’ll use it throughout the year.
Thanks for your wisdom and celebrating what is Good, what is God, what is One in this Church. Blessings.

Mike August 12, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Thanks a mil, Sharon! God bless!

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