Virgin Mary in Song

Let's have some music for your weekend!My kids are feeling poorly. I'm blogged out from all the coverage of the Pantheacon transgender/Z Budapest conflict/discussion. So let's have some beauty! To song!The most famous of all songs about the Virgin Mary is the Ave Maria, the Latin version of the Hail Mary: "Hail Mary, full of grace, God is with you; blessed are you among women and blessed it the fruit of your womb, Jesus; Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour … [Read more...]

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Lent comes early this year

...For me, at least.Today is Fat Tuesday. Not being culturally Catholic, I've never had a grasp on when Mardi Gras occurs, but I think it's today - a huge blow out before Ash Wednesday tomorrow when Lent begins for Catholics and other Christians. Eastern Orthodoxy doesn't have this tradition. The two weeks leading up to Lent (which begins next week for them) are Meat Fare (eat the meat) and Cheese Fare (eat all the dairy but no meat), where they wind down before their vegan Lenten fast.I … [Read more...]

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Fifteen Years in the Wrong Shoes – part four

This part of my testimony is all about graduate school, and it brings us up to the present. When we left off I had just moved to Berkeley, started work on my master's degree, and broken up with my girlfriend. You can read parts one, two, and three by clicking the links.I think I always knew I was going to end up in Berkeley at the Graduate Theological Union. It had been on my radar for years. I liked the small school consortium and the ecumenical and interfaith make up of the place. It had a … [Read more...]

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Yesterday

Yesterday was a really good day. Not because it was Valentine's Day (a non-holiday in my opinion), but because it started with a coffee date with an old friend I hadn't seen in years and years. He was in town on business and we met up for a chat. ("Who's John?" my husband asked. "You want a date on Valentine's Day that badly, just ask!" Ha!)After talking about our kids, our spouses, my recent move, the topic invariably turned to matters of religion. John's a Christian, one who attends a … [Read more...]

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This week

Part 4 of my testimony will have to wait until next week. It's been a week of lousy sleep due to the teething my daughter is doing. She's ambitious: she's cutting 6-8 teeth at once. Yay. I just don't think I've got a post in me today.Here are some links for your weekend reading:Earlier this week I wrote a book review on Ten Moons: The Inner Journey of Pregnancy for Pagan Families.This is an interesting essay on the difference between prayer and … [Read more...]

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Praying like a Pilgrim

I was hoping to have all of The Pilgrim's Tale, a Russian spiritual classic, read for review today. Even with kids and limited reading time I can plow through a book if need be. This time? I'm savoring it. In fact, I'm inspired by it.One of the things I love about the Eastern Orthodox tradition in all its 'flavors' (the Church is divided along ethnic and national lines) is that mysticism is front and center: in its liturgy, traditions, stories and practice. Mysticism is more than theology or … [Read more...]

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Fifteen Years in the Wrong Shoes – part three

When I left off last time I was married, miserable and crying during prayers. (You can read part one and part two here.) Let us continue my testimony and find out what shape my Christianity took next.Without getting into the gory and very personal details I'll sum up what happened next: I jumped ship. I fell in love with a woman and got a divorce. In that order.At this point I felt like I had tried the traditional Christian rules/path for long enough. I was listening, I was enduring, I … [Read more...]

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