Vale of Tears or Vale of Soul-Making? A Book Review

The Lord Answering Job out of the Whirlwind 1825, reprinted 1874 by William Blake 1757-1827

The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life by Terryl Givens and Fiona Givens Ensign Peak, 2012 Can God make a rock so heavy He can't pick it up? That's the playground version of the questions raised by the apparent paradox an omnipotent Deity presents to the limited human mind. When you get older, and life drops the heavy boulders of sin and suffering and death into your path, the questions get more complicated. Why do the innocent suffer while the guilty go unpunished? Why, in … [Read more...]

Sex and the Singular Woman: The Assumption and Helen Gurley Brown

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When I was exactly three weeks old, Pope Pius XII proclaimed the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary to be a truth of the Catholic faith. The year I turned 12, Helen Gurley Brown published Sex and the Single Girl. I have to admit that for most of our lives, women my age---Catholic or not, for good or for ill---have been more influenced by the latter event than by the former. Today, on the Vigil of the Solemnity of the Assumption, as the mainstream media fill with tributes to the late Gurley … [Read more...]