“Matters of Life and Death”: Calah Alexander

writes: It doesn’t just seem like our lives will be over because we have “an intensely narrow vision” of our own identity. Our lives actually do end, in many ways, when we become mothers. It’s the end of one life, the only life we’d ever known, and the beginning of another, and it’s at least as terrifying as being born must be. Maybe more so, because we’re cognizant of what’s happening, and we know that what is now required is the hardest thing of all — to lay down our life for someone else. mo … [Read more...]

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Discipleship Is a Journey: “Gay and Catholic” Book Extra

Hello! I'm cheating here and basically just writing up my notes from the talk I gave at the Trinity School for Ministry conference this past weekend. (All the sessions will be available--some as video, some as podcast--and I'm super looking forward to listening to the sessions I missed, e.g. Melinda Selmys exploring transgender identity through the lens of Flannery O'Connor's "Temple of the Holy Ghost.") This topic is obviously especially relevant given the buzz around "gradualism" at the … [Read more...]

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Blogwatch, With Her Gummy Hands

Some links for a slushy Saturday evening."LGBT Rights and the UN: What the Church Does Not Teach." Powerful."Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators." Basically because we've always had it too easy and don't know how to work. I'd heard most of this before and it very much rings true for me--studying Russian has been a fairly brutal confrontation with my own limits, my quick temper and immediate frustration and a whole host of other character defects which are brought out when a task is … [Read more...]

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“The Gift of Belly-Button Lint”: Calah Is Great

I suspect many of you have been here: ...Simcha wrote a funny post once about how stupid this song is, particularly this version. But this is one of my favorite Christmas songs, especially this version. It reminds me of The Clown of God…you give the Christ child what you have to give, even if it’s the only thing you have to give. Shane McGowan singing this song breaks my heart, because I recognize that kind of brokenness. There is an exquisite beauty in giving the only gift you can, even if it’ … [Read more...]

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This is how it’s supposed to be.

"Why I Am a Catholic," by Calah Alexander. ETA: and more, in praise of Protestants. … [Read more...]

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Let’s play You Should Be Grateful

When Wilde extended a hand, he made no move to take it. "Prayer is the only thing that can console you in this place, prisoner. I trust you understand that. Prayer and a true spirit of repentance." --Robert Reilly, The God of Mirrors (of which more later)There's a way of saying true things so that they become false, and a couple recent posts by Catholic women bloggers have drawn attention to one of those ways. First, here's Calah Alexander sharpening her fangs on a self-righteous article … [Read more...]

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Double your habits, double your nuns.

Or, this is another post about student debt. … [Read more...]

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