I don’t often do this, but I wanted to take a bit to recommend a blog for your reading pleasure!  “The Back of the World” is written by a fellow member of the Internetmonk community, Ryan.  In it, he explores his and his family’s journey from an evangelical upbringing to the Catholic Church.  He does this with plenty of humor, transparency, and beautiful metaphor.  Hope you enjoy The Back of the World!

Who’s more foolhardy: the man who picks up a rattle snake at church, or the man who takes a Holy God into his hands? Hospitals have antidotes for snake venom; doctors have no cure for eating and drinking judgment upon yourself. And yet, John’s Gospel records these words of Christ: “unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.” The Christian faith doesn’t call us to focus on something so pedestrian as touching a poisonous animal. Rather, we are called to be a people who partake of a Body broken for us, a Holy Flesh and Blood that no man can take litely without risking the wrath of the Almighty.

Excerpt from “Death by Wafer”; or, “In Defense of Snake Handlers”