There’s no way to make that sound less douchey, people. I’m sorry.
I’m Kassie, and I’m the founder of Catholic Women’s Resistance. You can read a little more about me here. CWR has only been unleashed into the world for 48 hours, but it’s been stirring in my bones for a lot longer than that.
We touched on this in We’re In This Together, but I wanted to personally extend a welcome to you. If you’re here and following along on Twitter or Facebook, it’s likely you feel similarly to me. Our current political environment has left you checking the expiration date of your passport and wondering if this is going to be the end of the American experiment. You have felt more than ever that you are #CatholicFirst rather than bound to any party. You can’t in good conscience continue ignoring what’s happening in the world. You’re tired of platitudes and feeling impotent in the face of sorrow and injustice, but also confused about what you can actually do to change anything.
And if we’re going to get real here, you’re probably tired of being nice-nice. You know what I mean. The second you trade your funny coffee shop story or cute kid quote of the day for an explanation of why you support #BlackLivesMatter or why P45 will set back the pro-life movement for a generation people are coming for you faster than you can say “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.”
That feeling sucks. There’s no getting around it. We objectively know that loving the people in front of us is the best way to change our daily life, but there has to be more we can do than simply not flipping off the guy who cut us off on the highway. I mean, that’s probably a good place to start, tbh.
I don’t have answers. I’m just a girl, standing in front of our democracy on fire, asking sweet baby Jesus to reconsider his eschatology and come rapture us all. But I’m also a fiercely Catholic woman who believes in the power of women standing together and taking action. This is not the time to argue about leggings and chapel veils, Marty Haugen vs. Gregorian chant. This a time for us to center on what our Faith asks of us daily, and commit to that.
If you’re new to civic action and don’t know where to start, take a deep breath. We’ve all been in your shoes, and it can be a scary place to be. Check out this overview of Catholic Social Teaching from the USCCB, pick an area that speaks to you, and dig in. If you need help finding a Catholic organization in your area working towards a cause that matters to you, send us a Facebook message or a Twitter DM or post in the Facebook group that’s coming soon.
If something in you sparks as you read these words, reach out to me. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Let us know what’s going on in your community and how we can support each other. And stay tuned, because we’re just getting started.
Kassie Rutherford Iwinski