I have chosen a new name for my blog. The old one, "The Faceless Man", was the name of my first blog post as I wrote about the liturgical "East" of ad orientem. Christ is the focus of the liturgy, not the priest, who is merely a faceless man standing in persona Christi leading the faithful in a procession to the Father.
I have chosen "Catalytic Converter" for several reasons. First, I am a bit if a gear head. As I child I enjoyed working on my own bikes. Then in high school, I enjoyed working on two different 80cc dirt bikes, my 1963 Fairlane, and my 1981 Mustang, which actually had catalytic converter issues and was too slow to get out of its own way and really didn't deserve the name Mustang. I continued tinkering on my 1990 Ford Probe, 1988 Ranger, and 1992 Toyota pickup. However I notice that the older I get and the newer my cars get, the less I am able to work on them. I was able to do very little on the 2008 FJ Cruiser and now even less on the Diesel engine of my 2013 Volkswagen.
The second reason for the new name is that another gear head may accidentally stumble upon my blog and hear the Good News of the Gospel. Or a thief who steals catalytic converters for the scrap money may stumble upon it and have a conversion experience.
The most important reason for the new name is in reference to the Holy Spirit. At an archdiocesan priests' convocation last year, the Most Reverend Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R, Archbishop of Indianapolis, gave a keynote address to the priests of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. In the address, Archbishop Tobin referred to the Holy Spirit as the "Catalytic Converter". That imagery blew me away. Isn't the Holy Spirit the most awesome Catalyst for everything good we do? And isn't the Holy Spirit the true Converter, even though we are sometimes tempted to take credit?
In the Gospels, Jesus tells us of the crucial importance of conversion that we may live. Since then, Holy Mother Church has been passing on to each generation the importance of our need for daily conversion. My prayer is that all of us will open our hearts to ultimate Catalyst and Converter, the Holy Spirit.