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“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.  If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” Jn. 14:1-3

I keep repeating this constantly in my head these days because my faith is being tested tremendously at the moment as one center of my universe is being “replaced” by another. I try several times a day to lay my sadness, anger, and anxiety at the foot of the cross. But I can’t help being a bit bitter when I ask of God, “How many times in my life must I lose everyone and everything?” Mother Mary, pray for me, because I know you can relate.

Why do we suffer? So that we can better appreciate mercy. So that change may come about…

Prayers sorely needed. Because I can’t find hope in places I’d expect to find it. There’s a fault line in the center of my heart.

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February 2, 2015 at 9:02 am

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The Pope is not President.

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I have a brief politico-religious rant to rave, that’s been on my mind for a few weeks. It began on Facebook, as do most recent debates. An ultra-conservative, non-Catholic friend, M—, posted about some of the great happenings by Pope Francis until Francis published Evangelii Gaudium, the apostolic exhortation which includes parts that mention social inequality in income and poverty levels, among other things.  Read the rest of this entry »

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January 7, 2014 at 4:20 pm

A pathetic love letter to my husband on the occasion of our wedding.

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To my love, I—:

Before I met you, I would frequent an adoration chapel and pray (sometimes, er…often, cry) before the Eucharist. The Christ and I would have a conversation. I’d do the talking, he did the listening. And occasionally I might shut up enough to actually discern what He had to say. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 13, 2013 at 12:54 pm

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How merciful God is when it comes to second chances.

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Two and a half years ago, I was blessed with a second chance. At the time I divorced, my faith sustained me, although I can’t say I didn’t have my doubts. I knew my vocation was for family life, but I was suddenly without a family. But six months or so after my divorce was finalized, I “met” a man who has changed my life. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 27, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Toasting to conscience first.

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This semester, I have had a great privilege in studying two great minds of the Catholic Church, though I didn’t realize how much at the time I signed up for my course. The first is Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890) and Lord John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, “Lord Acton,” (1834-1902). Newman, of course, recently beatified by the Catholic Church and he is widely read and studied, although I would say that the study of his work is chiefly among clergy and not enough among the laity. Lord Acton was a great historian and devout Catholic layman, although controversial at times. One of the clerical side, one for the lay side, both extremely influential in the Church, but neither of whose ideals would be realized until the twentieth century.

I am by no means an expert on their lives, nor would I be able to fully represent the impact of their thoughts and ideologies on the whole of Church history in my little blog project, but I want to share my own reflections regarding how the study of the lives of these men made me think. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 20, 2012 at 4:07 pm

A quote for thought.

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I’m reading a biography on John Henry Newman and discovering his awesomeness of the written words. Before his conversion to Catholicism from Protestantism, he wrote in regards to Christian apologetics (1825):

“The rejection of Christianity to arise from a fault of the heart, not of the intellect, for a dislike of the contents of ScrIpture is at the bottom of unbelief: Hence the most powerful arguments for Christianity do not convince, only silence; for there is at the bottom that secret antipathy for the doctrines of Christianity, which is quite out of the reach of argument.”

Also, I was reading about how Newman was greatly influenced by various fellows in his education and pastoral ministry. In a turn of his Evangelicalism, he was reminded that Christians are not two different kinds:  those who are in name only versus those who are “true” Christians. Rather, just as St. Paul never distinguished between Christians who act like it and those who call themselves such, so preachers should not either. It is OK to rebuke the bad actions of people. It is not OK to assume that bad behavior makes one less a Christian than another, even if the action is scandalous to the faith.

This last piece is the part I have to work on most. I must always remember: Christians do not vary by kind, only by degree.

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August 4, 2012 at 11:27 am

The priestly role of women and why we don’t need collars.

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A friend of mine and I— were having lunch yesterday and asked if I had given any thought to what I want to do when I finished my master’s degree program. I indicated some uncertainty though I want to write about theology, as I have done in the past. I don’t want to write analytical theology, as in research, because I don’t feel I want to change careers to do that (I love my current career); rather, I plan to write insightful, perhaps apologetic, theology.

One such topic that’s been on my mind lately is the stance on the ordination of women in the priesthood. Let me be very clear: I do NOT support women’s ordination. Surprisingly, I have never met a fellow female Roman Catholic theology student who supports it but I do seem to offend some men when I show my support for the Roman Catholic (RC) Church’s stance on the matter. So after a productive discourse Read the rest of this entry »

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July 23, 2012 at 9:44 am

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