Sunday, August 5, 2012

A Cross and a Jersey

To my son Tommy,

At mass today, a little boy and his father brought up the gifts to the altar. The little boy was wearing a Steeler's jersey. It occurred to me that being a catholic is similar to being a Steelers fan outside of Pittsburgh. Those choices can lead to ridicule, doubt, and turmoil. Others will question why, and even you will begin to question yourself.

But if you make either of those choices (or both those choices like your old man) stick to your guns. Though people will bring up arguments and flaws in your belief, no one can question your belief more than you will. Your first name Thomas conjures up comparison to Thomas Aquinas, Thomas More, and Doubting Thomas. You will constantly question yourself and ponder your beliefs, and you will have to search for your own answers. But don't let other people decide for you through their ridicule. Make up your own mind and if the mood strikes you wear your crucifix and your Polamalu jersey with pride.

Sincerely with love from your dad,

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