Not always happy but always happy to be Catholic.
Julie- I am currently reading "Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal Building St Peter's," by R.A. Scotti. She writes:"Looking back across centuries of checkered history,across the lapses in Christianity and compassion, across the bloody Crusades and the Inquisition, it seems more than happenstance that, of his twelve apostles, Christ chose Peter to lead his new church. Simp Peter, so clearly flawed, seemed to be the least among the disciples. He lacked the poetry of John, the curiosity of Thomas, even the boldness of Judas. He was one of us. He was ignorant, impulsive, boastful. He shared our ebullience and our errors. He was the first to swear his undying faith, and the first to fail...On the shoulders of this empathetic, eminently fallible man, Christ placed the future of the Church, and the humanity of Peter, that uneasy balance of sinner and saint, has sullied and sustained his Church ever since. A communion of sinners who would be saints, led by the most mortal of men-- such is the enduring strength of the Roman Catholic Church." I don't think I've ever read a description of what the Church is.
My husband and I argue all the time over whether recycling items should be rinsed. I maintain that it is not necessary to use nice clean Lake Michigan water to remove the diet Dr Pepper residue from a can. He does not concur.