No Matter Who’s The Pope, The Church Will Always Still Be THE Church…

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... The humblest thing I ever saw a pope do was to abdicate the papacy. That right there was a true act of humility. Granted, I was confused and heartbroken at the time - even a little angry. Alright, a lot angry. However, I can look back and see BXVI's actions for what they were. A genuine example of humility and self sacrifice. Now compare the act of giving up the papacy with riding public transit, living in the equivalent of a Vatican Motel 6, or opting for a cheaper ride. One Pope gave … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ Preference for Simplicity Leaves Much To Be Spiritually Desired…

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... I had the weirdest dream last night. It was about Pope Francis. He was doing something. Something, now in waking hours, I can't recall but in my dream it annoyed me tremendously. He was probably wearing second hand sweat pants and riding the metro or something. Anyway, I'd managed to forget about it till His Holiness appeared in my news feed and the those irksome feelings crept over me again. I know this is a completely irrational reaction to have, especially as a Catholic, directed at … [Read more...]

It’s The Little Things, A Lesson in Yogurt Theology …

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... As cliche as it sounds, yes, sometimes it is quite literally the littlest things that bring you about. You don't need me to tell you things have been unremarkable and quite boring around here lately. I'm positively frozen in place, unable to write. Seized by a severe case of the doubts and intimidated by the talent Patheos has been acquiring. Oh, and there's that incessant voice in my head telling me I gotta lot nerve, sister, writing a Catholic blog. "When was the last time you prayed … [Read more...]

The Boston Bomber’s Widow and Abusive Relationships…

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... Reading about Katherine Russell/Karima Tsarnaev, the widow of Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, reminds me specifically of two woman. The first was an old friend who married a seemingly wonderful man too young, had his children, then watched him transform into a controlling and abusive "devout" Muslim. The second woman was me. Sarah. My friend "Sarah"* met her husband in college and fell quickly in love. Sarah was a cradle Catholic and her husband, "Hassan"*, was a Muslim but not … [Read more...]

How The Nine Days Of Prayers Comforted Me While I Fought Demons…

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... With the upcoming March For Life, the topic of abortion seems to be every where at the moment. Because of this it's been on my mind daily. Perhaps these daily reminders is what triggered the event that happened this morning. My first waking thought hit me like a sledge hammer and I was instantly transported back ten years. I was standing alone in a sterile room wearing a hospital gown. In my hand was the sheet that I had pulled back off the portable suction machine that sat in the corner. … [Read more...]

Probably Unacceptable Prayer…

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... OK, unacceptable is a slight exaggeration. Maybe more along the lines of "imperfect" prayer. I think most prayer is probably acceptable, except the smiting ones. Infamous for having never finished a novena, we can now add composer of truly awful prayers to the résumé. The official Church prayers are beautiful and full of sound theology. Mine, not so much. Take, for example, the prayer I typically say at my desk every morning. "Lord, I hate my job. Just get me through the … [Read more...]

Prayer, Sin, and Faith…

... Someone once told me that when we are in a state of mortal sin God doesn't hear our prayers. Our sinful actions have severed our relationship with Christ and our prayers fall on deaf ears or some other such bleakness. I had always been a bit suspicious of this bit of information; how else do sinners experience conversation? I think my entire early twenties was a perpetual state of moral sin and debauchery yet there I was on my knees praying fervently for help one evening and I know He heard … [Read more...]

An Exercise in Faith and Trust…

... For something as seemingly infinite as the internet, things are starting to feel a bit crowded around here. Stifling to the point of suffocation. If you've ever ended a long distance relationship you understand the small solace found in knowing you'll never be subjected to those painfully awkward moments of running into each other in public and enduring the strained exchanges that follow. But there's no escaping the internet. Facebook is six degrees of Kevin Bacon. Everyone is a … [Read more...]

Changing Everything But Ourselves…

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... Today I realized I'd forgotten how to pray the rosary. No, not the prayers. The meditations. Was today the Joyful, Luminous, or Sorrowful Mysteries? I couldn't remember. Then I tried to pray the Angelus and that also escaped my memory. Geesh. There goes my street cred, I thought. And what business do I have writing a Catholic blog, my conscience answered back. I'm not to be held as an example for anything, other than being totally human and utterly spiritually lazy at times. And you can … [Read more...]


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