Note: In this post I’m going to be mentioning specific people. I’m doing this for no other reason than that I can’t say what I want to say without getting into specifics. I’m not trying to start a fight or attack anyone. What I’m simply trying to do is call attention to an issue — nudism — that I think Catholics have a duty to be paying attention to.
On May 7th it was World Naked Gardening Day.
“World Naked Gardening Day” was at the top of the “Trending” list on Facebook. (At least, for me it was.)
And yet the response from prominent Catholic public speakers and bloggers I follow — who write about and talk about subjects like God’s plan for the body, modesty, and the evils of objectification: Subjects that go hand-in-hand with nudism — was nothing.*
Here was a golden opportunity to start dialogue with people who live life clothes-free.
Why are Catholics, it seems, afraid to acknowledge the fact that people who go naked exist.
Now: I’m just one, imperfect person. There’s only so much I can do. There’s only so much I can take. I’m not all-knowing. I’m not all-powerful. My Catholic faith gives me morals and values to live by. What my Catholic faith doesn’t give me is, in the words of Chancellor Palpatine:
My point is: I understand why there are Catholics who don’t talk about subjects like nudism: Because they’ve already found their niche. They’re already talking about subjects like the dangers of pornography, or the importance of modesty.
That being said: I don’t think that Jesus wanted us Catholics to slot ourselves into a particular niche and go “I’m not going to talk about anything else.”
My thoughts on nudism are just that: Thoughts. They are 1) Subject to change as I learn more about the teachings of my Catholic faith, and 2) Are what I currently believe to be true about nudism.
I’ve talked about, and will continue to talk about, a lot of subjects on this blog. (I just write down whatever is on my mind at the moment — whatever I feel I have to get out of my head and into writing.) I can’t talk about everything, though. For one reason or another. But what is important is that I try anyway. Why? Because that’s what I think my duty as a Catholic is:
Matthew 5:13 — 16:
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
*The Catholic public speakers and blogs I follow, and examples of their work, are:
Healing Perfectionism and Getting Naked Before God
Jason Evert/The Chastity Project:
Should a Christian Woman Wear a Bikini?