Fine Print on the Invitation: Who Is Welcome at the Table of the Lord?

 I am confused. This will probably seem disingenuous, or a violation of my fast from bile. But I truly am curious, not angry.How do I understand my call to mission---our common calling to evangelize? What kind of invitation do I issue, and to whom?This is what Pope Francis said to the bishops and clergy gathered in Rio today (h/t to Fr James Martin, SJ): Let us help our young people to discover the courage and joy of faith, the joy of being loved personally by God, who gave his … [Read more...]

Adios, Wretched Hive of Bile and Gluttony

I've been tag-teamed this month by a deadly sin and a medieval disease. I think this stuff is going around, like measles among the uninoculated. So let's consider this a health advisory.In my case, the deadly sin was gluttony. And I'm ashamed to admit it took me by surprise. You'd think a fat woman would see that one coming . . . and going. But since moving to L.A. to address my depression and hoarding, I've been pretty good---better than I can remember for a long, long time---at making … [Read more...]

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

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, bore … [Read more...]

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

 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 … [Read more...]

In “That Uncomfortable Silence,” Let Love Grow

 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) … [Read more...]

“Consistent with prevailing public opinion”: The Feds and Marriage, Utah Style

 In sorting the tangled threads of response to today's Court decisions on marriage and states' rights, it occurred to me to look at a somewhat related issue from an earlier time in our nation's history.In the late 19th century, the federal government was embroiled in another battle over the definition of legal marriage. In the Utah Territory, settled almost entirely by Mormons, plural marriage (a practice accepted and even believed to be divinely ordained by mainstream Mormons at … [Read more...]

Keep Calm and Catholic On

 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 … [Read more...]

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

 . . . 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 Education 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, … [Read more...]


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