Dear Mr. Lugari:I was pleasantly surprised to see who was behind this. (Rick, return to De Civitate Deo, subito!) I found the reply in my e-mail box this morning:
Please accept my humble application as an Amateur Catholic.
I am an amateur because of my non-existant training in liturgy, theology, cathechism, apologetics, and the other disciplines which set the Professional Catholic apart from us.
I am an amateur because I am not a good writer.
I am an amateur because I still am a "practicing" Catholic. I need all the practice I can get.
I am an amateur because I have not learned the Two Great Commandments well enough.
I am an amateur, in the truest sense of the world. For the love of God.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to your reply.
It's up, pal. (There was also a brief note of encouragement enclosed.)So, I now am officially an "Amateur Catholic".