Simply Catholic is the name of this place and when looking through the “Search terms” I find that a good number of people come here looking for “Simple Christian living”, “Catholic Simplicity”, “Living Simply Catholic” and similar quests. And it has been a while since I have addressed the concept of simplicity.
Why do people search for simplicity? Especially Christian/Catholic Simplicity? I think the root has a lot to do with how cluttered our daily lives are. We sense something important in our faith and we know instinctively that if we could focus on that we would be happier, more fulfilled, more ourselves and much more at peace. But life is so overwhelmingly cluttered that we can’t fathom where to start, even how to begin. So people go online and search hoping to find a solution or a path.
I am not an expert on much, but I can do simple. The first step is learning to let go. And that can be really difficult. I understand that. But we do not find happiness in things, we find happiness in living and when our things (stuff, jobs, homes, activities) take away from our living for God and for each other then they are hurting us.
Advent is coming soon. For Catholics Advent 2007 starts December 2nd. I plan on using the time between now and then to start decluttering my house (again) so that I will have more “space” to concentrate on spiritual things this Advent. I look at it as “unpacking” for the journey.