Five for Joy: Michael, Mary’s Mantle, and Other Saturday Mysteries

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After a week of quiet for prayer, work, and celebration, I'm back with a First Saturday's worth of joyful mysteries. 5 It's been stormy in Catholicland, so I am delighted that we are going into this weekend under the doubly papally invoked protection of St Michael the Archangel. He's been my personal patron since my journey away from and back to the Church began, always leading and prompting me toward home again. I don't think it's coincidental that many of those who reached out to me, … [Read more...]

More Kind, More Demanding: Seeking the Way to Witness on Same-Sex Marriage

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This is an apology, but not a retraction. My most recent post---confessing to mixed emotions about the Supreme Court's decisions on same-sex marriage---seems to have created as much confusion in my readers as there is in my head. Some people are concerned that I personally believe what I said I feared: that my Church sees homosexual persons not as sinners, but as sin itself. I know that's not Church teaching, far from it. But it is, in my experience and observation, all too often Church … [Read more...]

In “That Uncomfortable Silence,” Let Love Grow

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I haven't blogged since Wednesday. Struggling too much with what to say and how to say it, taking my pain to the cross. That pain, I have to be honest, does not come from the rulings the Supreme Court made on same-sex marriage, which the US leadership of my Church---to whose mysteries, including the sacramentality of marriage, I give full assent, though I have a devil of a time with the way those mysteries are proclaimed---called "tragic." It's far more personal (and therefore selfish) than … [Read more...]

Keep Calm and Catholic On

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There will be lots of heat burning up the interwebz regarding today's SCOTUS decisions in Windsor and Perry. Knowing that Supreme Court decisions are never what their most avid proponents or their most ardent opponents think they are, I'm waiting till the dust settles and looking for sources of light---calm, reasoned reflection---in the meantime. The Catholic Telegraph of the Cincinnati Archdiocese is in early with clarity and hope. Neither decision will have the effect of requiring states … [Read more...]

Anti-Catholic Presidential Remarks of the Month: And the Award Goes To . . .

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. . . not Barack Obama---though of course there are 5 more days in June, so there's still room for him to prompt a recount. No, despite the boffo traffic engendered by various Catholic bloggers and commenters reading the President's remarks in Belfast last week as a call for The End of Catholic EducationĀ in Ireland and Possibly Everywhere, Mr Obama (who can generally be counted on to be a frontrunner in this sweepstakes) scratched at the gate. On the basis of those remarks, at least, he wasn't … [Read more...]

Five for Joy: June Gloom, Love Decoded, and Other Saturday Mysteries

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On the always sage advice of The Anchoress that the best way to recover from a fall off your blog is to climb right back on it with a little something every day, I'm back. Not quite George Costanza-style yet, but here I am. And because Saturday is a low readership day, I'm going to start with a collection of little bits, like the 7 Quick Takes Friday format popularized by Jen Fulwiller at Conversion Diary. I'm hoping to make this a regular Saturday thing, and taking counsel from my … [Read more...]

Catholic and Crazy: The Asylum of Faith

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When you're locked in a rubber room, wearing paper pajamas that leave far too little to the imagination, trying to find patterns in the ceiling tiles as cracked as your brain, you wouldn't expect to find yourself conversing with the spirit of an Irish teenager 1400 years dead---murdered by her own father, the story goes, when she resisted his incestuous advances. But that's how it works when you're Catholic and crazy. The communion of saints means we're never alone, even in a psych ward. In … [Read more...]

Seven Buses: The Love That Builds Bridges

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This started to be a story about attending my 45th high school reunion last Sunday. But it's really more a story about the ways a good mother loves---which is to say, it's a story about God. Alma Mater The first mother in this story is my alma mater, my soul-mother, Immaculate Heart High School. I've written before about the debts I owe the Women of Great Heart I encountered there---the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart who taught me and inspired me and called me out on my idolatrous … [Read more...]


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