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...]

Thank You, and Please Pass the Faith

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Responding (belatedly) to a Patheos roundtable on giving thanks for those who nurtured our faith, I am---as usual---overwhelmed by the possibilities. In my 62-year dance of reversion, just about every person I've encountered has given me reason to believe. Like J. D. Salinger's Seymour, I have been blessed by those who've touched my life: “If or when I do start going to an analyst, I hope to God he has the foresight to let a dermatologist sit in on the consultation. A hand specialist. I have s … [Read more...]

Praying For and With and Through Colorado: A Spiritual Blogaround

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Image sourceOne of the blessings of belonging to a community of bloggers on religion and spirituality is being fed and sustained by the reflections of others on a day when evil is in the headlines, questions are in the heart, and my own spiritual, physical, and blogging resources are so low.There are many points of view represented in this banquet of links, but each is included because it is---unlike the kneejerk responses of the media, with the announce-retract-handwring-blame cycle in … [Read more...]


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