Best Facebook Entry of the Month

So Leah Libresco sends this along (and I must say she gives a terrific interview):

Then, scrolling down her Facebook page, I find somebody sending along this piece: “Jesse Ventura: ‘I’m An Atheist. And I’m Proud To Say It” and remarking, “Man, what a shitty trade for Team Atheist.”

Yes. I did, in fact, laugh out loud.

Speaking of Leah, by the by, I’ve decided based on this picture…

…that if Joss Whedon could ink a deal with the BBC where they kill off Neil Patrick Harris and Matt Smith and then regenerate their characters as Doctor Whorrible, with Leah in the lead, the whole world would prostrate itself at her feet, begging “What must we do to be saved?” Think of it: The Apostle to the Geeks!

For Whovians demand signs and Geeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Whos and folly to Geeks, but to those who are called, both Whos and Geeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

In all seriousness though, the main thing she can use is your prayers. It’s an awful spotlight that’s gotten turned on her (one she neither sought nor expected) and nobody should have to endure such glare when they are trying to come to grips with the claims of Jesus. I hope, for her sake, it dies down soon and she can get on with the business of getting to know Jesus. There’s a reason Saul of Tarsus was sent packing to Antioch to go learn the ropes of the faith in peace and quiet for nearly a decade before he was sent on his mission. People need room to breathe, pray and think. I pray for Leah that she gets that.

  • Faith

    Wish I could hear the CNN clip. The volume is very low. I went to CNN directly and still couldn’t hear it. Anyone else having trouble?

  • Michaelus

    I love how she mentioned participating in the mass and “thinking ‘its the Eucharist’”! Beautiful. I believe she blushed when she said this.

    • http://www.frzelonis.blogspot.com Fr. Christopher M. Zelonis

      After reading this comment I reviewed the video (I’d only been listening to it), and yes, her reaction looked rather blushsome to me. Like all blushing, it reveals a certain innocence and surprise, the capacity for which may have begun to erode in many of us. Now Leah can speak of the Eucharist as one who knows (in the biblical sense, as a new bride), and shouldn’t that experience still change our color?

      • http://www.frzelonis.blogspot.com Fr. Christopher M. Zelonis

        Further reading reveals that she doesn’t yet fully know. I sit corrected. May it come to pass in God’s good time!

  • ivan_the_mad

    Huzzah, Leah! Her interview makes me think of this from GKC (from “The Catholic Church and Conversion”, I believe):

    “It is impossible to be just to the Catholic Church. The moment a man ceases to pull against it he feels a tug towards it. The moment he ceases to shout it down he begins to listen to it with pleasure. The moment he tries to be fair to it he begins to be fond of it.”

  • http://www.rosariesforlife.com Dave

    “nobody should have to endure such glare when they are trying to come to grips with the claims of Jesus. I hope, for her sake, it dies down soon and she can get on with the business of getting to know Jesus. There’s a reason Saul of Tarsus was sent packing to Antioch to go learn the ropes of the faith in peace and quiet for nearly a decade before he was sent on his mission. People need room to breathe, pray and think. I pray for Leah that she gets that.”

    Amen and Amen to that! I feel bad for her. Fortunately, she seems to be able to handle it. I am also praying for her.

    • ivan_the_mad

      I don’t know about this. I can certainly understand this opinion and certainly lean towards it. On the other hand, perhaps we shouldn’t underestimate God’s grace and the proliferating variety of his Church. Trials that might defeat one soul might temper another magnificently. Sometimes it’s difficult to remember that we should pray and hope for what is really best for someone rather than what we think is best.

  • ds

    Despite her terrestrial origins, can we make Leah Libresco an honorary space princess?

  • Ted Seeber

    Haha- turn up the volume on the CNN video, and turn down the volume on the Pikachu song, and it’s perfect!

  • http://manalivethemovie.com/ Joey Odendahl

    It’s time for Olivia Munn and Kari Byron to move over.

  • Rich Fader

    Ah, poor Jesse. The WWE’s bouts may be scripted, but the concussions are very, very real.

  • http://confederatepapist.blogspot.com/ Confederate Papist

    Welcome home Leah. You’re very smart (always thought that about you) and very brave. May God continue to bless you.

  • Scott W.

    I agree completely. There are just too many of these examples of quasi-celebrity showered on converts that end up going horribly wrong. A recent sad example was the blogger of The Cafeteria is Closed. Or Tony Blair, where the ink was barely dry on the confirmation registry before he started promoting hoary Protestant reforms of the Church.

    • Mark Shea

      I agree. There a huge danger in anointing Folk Heros and newly converted Folk Heros are especially dangerous to anoint. Give them space. Let them breathe. She’s got a lot of questions and is by no means comfortable with all of the Church’s teaching. Nor, frankly, does the Church ask her to be at this point. She’s just barely started RCIA. And I’m already seeing idiots in the blogosphere who are accusing her of being a false convert because, gee, she’s still bisexual and so it must all have been done to get a lot of hits for her blog. Catholics saints can be the strongest argument for the faith. Catholic bigots and pharisees can be the strongest argument against it. Let her be. She’s barely started to internalize the faith.

      • enness

        “it must all have been done to get a lot of hits for her blog”
        My goodness, even I’m not that cynical.

  • Mark Windsor

    I’d never heard of her until recently. Is it really such a big deal that she ends up on CNN? Don’t get me wrong, I’m very, very happy for her, but who is she?

    • Ted Seeber

      Must not have been reading here long. Basically, she’s just a nice Jewish Atheist College Student who started Dating a Catholic Guy a couple of years back. I’ll admit I hadn’t heard of her myself until Patheos promoted the Leah/Mark Gay Brownshirts Argument of this past spring (which, if I count correctly from her now infamous blog, she had already converted at that point).

      Due to her double majors of math and computer science, her blog is a major draw for anybody interested in the intersection between morality and mathematics.

      Thus the shock for those who are hard atheists who read her blog without reading her background story.

      • leahlibresco

        I majored in neither of those fields (boring old polisci) and am only Jewish according to Jews (no one on my mom’s side has practiced in generations). I know Yiddish slang, of course, but so does everyone from NY.

  • enness

    Yeah, I kind of wonder that too…don’t get me wrong either, it is a very big deal for her and a very big deal in this particular community, but on the national or the world scale, it has a bit of a tempest-in-a-teapot feeling. I’m happy for her too, and yet I can’t help but feel some trepidation for her — I really hope nothing will derail the train now that it’s on this track.

  • http://confederatepapist.blogspot.com/ Confederate Papist

    That’s because in the CNN world, when an atheist becomes a Christian, there must be something wrong with that person that it needs immediate and world-wide attention. This is bizzaro world for them. We are a bunch of freaks in the CNN/MSM world.

  • Malakh

    I wonder what it feels like to convert?? Not WHY one converts, but the emotion of realizing you were wrong and found something new and beautiful (whatever you converted from and to) I wish her all the best, and if she is as nice and loved as everyone is saying she is (I don’t know her), I hope this gives her atheist followers something to think about. It seems like everyone is saying “why would someone smart like her do THAT?” instead of the usual “religious people are crazy delusional radicals”, a good push forward! I hope she gets a good treatment from both sides, from Atheists if she remains Catholic, and from Catholics if she “reverts back” to Atheism. I hope she grounds herself in the Truth she has been looking for.


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