The Sap and Savor of Christianity

8 Jun

The Sap and Savor of Christianity - The Heart of the Matter

We doubt there will be much fanfare; no celebrations in Uptown or parades down Grand Ave. But The Heart of the Matter is a year old. One year ago, a few of us set out to drop off 600 copies of our little piece of propaganda in 50 coffee shops. Where are we now? We are still small, still local, still grass roots. We are a quiet voice tucked into newspaper stands next to Citypages and Lavenders, tacked up on bulletin boards next to posters for The 4onthefloor or Poliça. We are the group near you at Psycho Suzie’s saying grace over a Leiliana’s Eruption and a Suzi Burger or at Amsterdam eating a broodjes and drinking a Founders. We are with 60+ articles, plenty of photos and other miscellanea with 111 followers, and lot more hits.

We are Christians and our love of God compels us to be His small voice in the Twin Cities supporting Jesus’ Catholic Church. We, like the prophet Jeremiah, must share the Good News. As Jeremiah said, “If I say, ‘I will not mention God or speak any more in His name,’ his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.” We cannot hold the Lord in, even if we meet Christ in unexpected places like farmer’s markets, the Varsity, or biking on the Greenway.

Jacques Maritain, a Catholic philosopher wrote of Christians that “By our faith, by our baptism, by our confirmation, tiny as we are, we have the vocation of infusing into the world, wheresoever we are, the sap and savor of Christianity.” This is what we are doing here at The Heart of the Matter, tiny as we are, trying to bring the fullness of the faith both in its dogmas (sap) and its cultural life (savor). This is not something easily quantifiable as a success or not. We are having little effects here and there: at coffee shops where most of our issues have been picked up by readers, with baristas that know us when we deliver, or with comments on our blog.

These are little things but they feed into our hope that you, our readers, and all of the people in the Twin Cities searching for God may find some insight with our words, our happy hours, and our charity. In the end, we are just a small group of sinners trying to bring God back into the world. Not by shouting or condemnation, but by listening and talking. So let us know how we are doing, ask us questions, join our evangelizing cadre, and try going to Mass some Sunday. We can’t promise success or fanfare. We can promise you that the Catholic Church has a space waiting for you. We hope that we, at The Heart of the Matter, have been a witness to this truth. We look forward to the issues, events, and conversations of the year to come. We look forward to continuing to rediscover Catholicism with you.


2 Responses to “The Sap and Savor of Christianity”

  1. maryjsnustad June 8, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    I just discovered this blog & I am so psyched to follow it! I am a 30 “something” 😉 stay at home Minnesota mom of 3, who is on fire for my Catholic faith. I have a huge desire to help lead others to Christ & I write a blog of my own when I can squeeze it in between folding laundry & cleaning sticky stuff off the floor 🙂 !

    It is called “Caregiving with Grace”. I write about my journey of caring for my mother, who has early dementia & how my faith strengthens me & gives me hope to persevere with grace, love, and joy!

    My web address is

    • Terence Sweeney June 11, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

      Thanks for your enthusiasm for our little blog. Your blog is great. We figure the more people get the message of Christ circulating in the world / online the better. This is especially true when people are able to tie the faith into the realities of lfe like being a mother while also caring for one’s own mother.

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