He Is; Therefore, I Write

Hello, I’m Kathy.  And I am a seeker, just like you.

Like you, I am on a quest for Truth.  Truth about heaven and hell, science and sexuality, faith and family.  I’m interested in politics and poetry, Socrates and Sacajawea.

When I was a child of ten I had a younger cousin, Bonnie, who was only three.  I remember how little Bonnie amused us sophisticated ten-year-olds with her constant questions.  It didn’t matter what you said; Bonnie’s predictable response was “Why?”

That’s how small children learn about the world. That’s how adults learn, too.  But so often, adults settle into a comfortable routine—days filled with work, and nights filled with television or bowling or the kids’ science project—and they quit asking the Big Questions that would lead them to discover the First Things, to find their way to He Who is the Ultimate Truth.

Some writers, when I first discussed the possibility of starting a blog, advised me to focus on a single issue.  Many very well-known bloggers do that successfully; they write about parenting, or politics, or prayer.  Me?  Well, I just don’t know that much about anything!  Instead I find myself, the quintessential liberal arts grad, wandering through the garden of earthly delights, sniffing flowers and listening to birdsong and admiring slender blades of grass.  All of these things, I know from experience, lead to questions—and all of my questions ultimately end in the Heart of God.

I guess I’m following in the footsteps of Dominican scholar Thomas Aquinas. In his seminal work, the Summa Theologiae, Aquinas said that “just as the sun is too bright for the eye of a bat…some people think created minds can never see God as he really is.” But Aquinas went on to argue that such limiting statements are false.  Aquinas believed that humans seek ultimate happiness—a happiness found only in God; and so we needed to be able to know God within the context of this life.  As evidence, Aquinas suggested that “our ability to understand… [is] a shared likeness of his [God’s] primordial intelligence, a sort of intelligence deriving from his primordial light.”

As an “expert” on any topic, I’m a dismal failure; but if what you really want is to talk about potpourri, I’m so there!  So today, I start chatting on Patheos.  It’s a great privilege to be among the writing and thinking Greats who make their home here.  I look forward to getting to know them, and getting to know you.  I’m anxious to wade into the waters of wonder, chit-chatting about pro-life politics and prayer and potato farming.

Let’s talk.

  • http://www.patheos.com/About-Patheos/Pat-Gohn.html Pat Gohn

    So happy you are here, Kathy! I’ve enjoyed your bloggery before the move, and wish you happy landings here!

    • Kathy Schiffer

      Why, thank you! We shall be a little Mutual Admiration Society, because I enjoy your work, as well!

  • http://www.thepracticingcatholic.com Lisa Schmidt

    Congrats, Kathy! Yet another reason to make a daily stop at Patheos. BTW, did not know you are a deacon’s wife. That is good to know! Joel is finishing his 2nd of 4 years with Diocese of Des Moines. It’s an honor to be walking this journey with him.

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  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/christophers/ Tony Rossi

    Welcome to the circus…I mean, earnest theological discussion zone.

    • Kathy Schiffer

      Thanks, Tony! I look forward to sharing the spotlight with the likes of you!

  • http://www.thinveil.net Brandon Vogt

    Awesome news! Patheos is lucky to have your gifts.

    • Kathy Schiffer

      Brandon, you’re rockin’ it yourself! Didn’t I read just today that you’re going to be on NPR?

  • Max Lindenman

    Welcome, Kathy. It’s about time you showed up. And I think you made a wise decision to blog as a generalist. If it’s possible to become an authority on something without becoming sick of it first, I can’t see how.

    • Kathy Schiffer

      Since we cannot be universal and know all that is to be known of everything, we ought to know a little about everything, For it is far better to know something about everything than to know all about one thing. –Blaise Pascal, Pensées.

  • http://www.TotusTuusFamily.blogspot.com Allison

    Best to you, Kathy! Would enjoy reading you anywhere.

    • Kathy Schiffer

      I’m blushing!

  • Margaret Rose Realy

    I like your words and am eager to read more.

    • Kathy Schiffer

      Thanks, Margaret! It’s springtime– I plan to write soon about your prayer gardens.

  • http://holmeschurchmysteries.com Ann Margaret Lewis

    Glad you’re over here, Kathy. You’re a top-notch blogger, and this move is well-deserved. :)

    • Kathy Schiffer

      Thanks, Ann! I was going to send you a note, just as soon as I dug your email address out of my heaps. You’ve helped me to avoid a research project– I’ll say a few rosaries for you with the time I saved. :-)

  • http://fromthepulpitofmylife.blogspot.com/ Ruth Ann Pilney

    I have enjoyed reading your posts at your former site. I will continue to read them here. Happy writing!

  • http://www.gerardnadal.com Gerard Nadal

    Congratulations, Kathy! Your wisdom will be a great addition to the Pantheon here at Patheos. Keep the coffee on, I’ll be by frequently.

    All the Best!

  • NBW

    I enjoyed your post and look forward to reading many more!

  • Deacon Norb

    Really, REALLY nice to have a spiritually gifted “wife of a deacon” take the initiative here ! Looking forward to enjoying your work and passing on your link to others in my area.

    BTW: That term, “wife of a deacon,” is not mine but one my wife insists on using. She finds it far more spiritually liberating than the other one — “Deacon’s Wife.” To her that second term strikes the same stereotypical chord for her as a “Preacher’s Wife” does for many Evangelical Christians.