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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

My Gift

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What I cherish and what I take. . . and what I’d give for what I forsake.

Yesterday (September 8) was the birthday of the beloved mother of Christ.  Prior to this, I had a serious bout of self-reflection when discussing the sacrament of confession with a nun and about how I’m lacking contriteness about something in my own life. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 9, 2010 at 6:23 pm

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Recapping Mr. Ray and Thanks

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Couple of things to reflect on my Friday night:

Last night, my heart was burning (figuratively).  I was sad.  I was alone.  But I had a ticket to attend a lecture by Steve Ray on the topic of Mary (Mary, Real Girl and Woman of Mystery). It was extremely good.  Steve Ray is a converted Catholic Read the rest of this entry »

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June 25, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Lay It at the Foot of the Cross

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Over the last few weeks, I’ve been noting how weak I feel in my faith. I was driving around today, running last-minute errands before I leave to visit family tomorrow, and I turned on my local Catholic radio station and there was this man relating a story about the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. He was recalling a woman who told him that she was very angry with God because her child was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. He told her to take her anger to the foot of the cross. . . Read the rest of this entry »

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May 31, 2010 at 4:13 pm

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Adjusting and Mother’s Day

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I’ve been reflecting more.  On Friday, I found myself in quite a foul mood and I couldn’t put my finger on why.  I thought it might be Mother’s Day that was getting at me a bit (sometimes it happens), but that’s not really it.  I think it has more to do with adjusting. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 9, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Good Friday and Divine Mercy

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I never seem to remember how forlorn I feel when I see the altar stripped of Christ’s presence each Good Friday. It’s stunning how the visual of its nakedness really hits home about the gravity of the day. 

At the Stations of the Cross today, I kept trying to put myself in the shoes of those who witnessed the Passion.  And then at the thirteenth station (Jesus is taken down from the Cross), I could only imagine how Mary felt receiving her Son’s body.  The Pieta is such a powerful image!  Words could not be written in our language that express how a mother feels when she beholds the dead body of her child!

After the Stations, I began the Divine Mercy Novena.  In Sister Faustina’s vision of Christ, He revealed to her how most agonizing was the sin of apathy to Him in the Garden of Gethsemane. . . such that their apathy and indifference inspired his words, “Father, let this cup pass from me. . . ”  I could only pray that when my time comes, I pass graciously on the Feast of Divine Mercy!

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April 2, 2010 at 3:31 pm

What Homer Said to Marge

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I was quietly contemplating some very heavy thoughts while I was getting ready for bed this evening and halfway listening to an old episode of The Simpsons.  It was an episode where Marge decides to tell the truth in court, thereby causing Homer to lose a million dollar lawsuit against Mr. Burns.  Read the rest of this entry »

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March 23, 2010 at 10:48 pm

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