Dear Brothers and Sisters,Last week I wrote about some of the difficulties faced by converts to the Catholic Church. Utopianism is one of the traps we fall into – the belief that our new religion is going to be perfect. Then when we face the reality of the Catholic parish or school or have to confront sinful clergy, corrupt bishops or members of the hierarchy who fail to uphold the apostolic faith, we are challenged. In the face of this challenge some are unable to persevere and return to another denomination or lose their faith altogether.Another pitfall is subjectivism. Subjectivism is the tendency to view all things and judge all things purely through our own experience and knowledge. Subjectivism is rife in Protestantism where the majority of the religious experience is a matter of taste. “I like this church (for whatever reasons) so it must be the best church.”Soon after Alison and I came into the Catholic Church a friend asked, “Well, now that you’re a Catholic do you like the Catholic Church?” I replied, “No. Not really. I didn’t choose the Catholic faith because I liked it. I chose it because it is true.”Catholicism is rooted in the objective not the subjective. It is rooted first in the historical objectivity of the life, death and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Then it is rooted in the historical, objective reality of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church alive and real within history. Finally, it is rooted in the objectivity of the sacraments. This is solid, true and real – and it is therefore tough and durable and we are called to be tough and durable to match it!Turn from the shifting sands of a subjective approach to religion and take comfort and confidence in the objectivity of Catholicism. This is a rock to build on.Your pastor,Fr. Longenecker