To bring him back with a twitch upon the thread

 

Today, I was recieved into the Catholic Church and was given the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, and holy communion.

I had expected, earlier this year, to choose Catherine of Alexandria for my confirmation saint.  After she was converted by a tutor, she king sent various scholars and theologian to argue her out of her belief, and, when she met them in debate, she made converts of them all.  She is the patron saint of apologists, lawyers, philosophers, preachers, students, theologians, and, generally, scrappy people picking fights in charity.  (Also potters, spinners, knife sharpeners, and haberdashers, but they’re a little off the point).  St Catherine of Alexandria is everything I like best about myself.

But she has no extant writings.  I wanted a saint it would be easy for me to get to know as themself, not just my image of them.  I wanted a confirmation saint that I could be more directly surprised and challenged by.  And I wondered if it made sense to pick the person who played to my strengths and my pride, instead of my weaknesses.

After I decided to convert, the book I read next was Augustine’s Confessions.  And the thing that spoke to me most was Augustine’s love affair with Truth.  He sought after his beloved along a long and winding path, but his love and fidelity were powerful enough to give him the strength to walk away from incomplete philosophies. (I was not yet in love, yet I loved to love…I sought what I might love, in love with loving).

I’ve grown attached to Augustine’s prayer “Give what you command, and command what you will.”  Like Augustine, I had people who loved me storming Heaven on my behalf.  AnBut most of all, I like having a patron saint who fell into Manichaeism.   Who better to defend be against my intellectual-at-the-expense-of-the-physical impulses than a man who felt my same yearning and turned his back on it for the sake of a higher love?

(Oh, p.s., it turns out four of the nineteen of us picked Augustine!)

Saint Augustine of Hippo, pray for me.

“Belatedly I loved thee, O Beauty so ancient and so new, belatedly I loved thee. For see, thou wast within and I was without, and I sought thee out there. Unlovely, I rushed heedlessly among the lovely things thou hast made. Thou wast with me, but I was not with thee. These things kept me far from thee; even though they were not at all unless they were in thee. Thou didst call and cry aloud, and didst force open my deafness. Thou didst gleam and shine, and didst chase away my blindness. Thou didst breathe fragrant odors and I drew in my breath; and now I pant for thee. I tasted, and now I hunger and thirst. Thou didst touch me, and I burned for thy peace.”

About Leah Libresco

Leah Anthony Libresco graduated from Yale in 2011. She works as an Editorial Assistant at The American Conservative by day, and by night writes for Patheos about theology, philosophy, and math at www.patheos.com/blogs/unequallyyoked. She was received into the Catholic Church in November 2012."

  • http://ephesians4-15.blogspot.ca/ Randy

    So happy for you Leah. St Augustine is a great choice. If you want extant writings you could not ask for more! This is awesome!

  • Ron

    Thanks for posting a picture. Have been praying for you and am so glad to welcome you home!!!!

  • http://catholicbibles.blogspot.com Timothy

    May our Lord richly bless you! Congrats!

  • Catholic Mutt

    Congrats and welcome!

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  • Susan Johnston

    Welcome home. And in honour of the allusion in the title of this post, a little GKC (like Augustine, never a mistake):

    The Convert
    By G. K. Chesterton
    After one moment when I bowed my head
    And the whole world turned over and came upright,
    And I came out where the old road shone white.
    I walked the ways and heard what all men said,
    Forests of tongues, like autumn leaves unshed,
    Being not unlovable but strange and light;
    Old riddles and new creeds, not in despite
    But softly, as men smile about the dead

    The sages have a hundred maps to give
    That trace their crawling cosmos like a tree,
    They rattle reason out through many a sieve
    That stores the sand and lets the gold go free:
    And all these things are less than dust to me
    Because my name is Lazarus and I live.

    • jenesaispas

      I like that. :)

  • joost r

    May God bless you. Thank you so much for sharing your pilgrimage and all those playful and serious things you see/experience on your way.

  • http://www.splendoroftruth.com/curtjester Jeff Miller

    I am so happy for you! My wife played the part of St. Monica for me to bring me out of a life of atheism.

  • lisahendey

    St. Augustine, pray for Leah and for all of us who are touched through her sharing of this moment. St. Monica, pray for us too, and especially for your daughter Leah. Hooray Leah – praise God and thank you for sharing this moment of happiness with us!

  • http://spiritualworkoutblog.blogspot.com Liesl

    Welcome home! I too am storming heaven asking for St. Augustine and St. Monica’s intercession for a friend… hopefully he will have the same happy ending!

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

    St Gus is one of my fav’s too. Keep reading… but most of all, keep praying! May you fall ever deeply in love with Christ.

  • jenesaispas

    God bless you!
    Its exactly five months since you announced your conversion!

  • Joshua Gonnerman

    Yay! Shout-out to my homie! Did you take a baptismal name? If so, was it Augustine? Augustina?

    Worth noting: an objection to the Confessions text you cite, “Give what you command, and command what you will,” was what sparked the Pelagian controversy.

    • deiseach

      Augusta? Which has the benefit of doubling as the honorific bestowed upon the Empresses and other female members of the Roman and Byzantine imperial families.

      :-)

  • http://egregioustwaddle.blogspot.com/ Joanne K McPortland

    Always had a raging dislike of Augustine . . . until this year, when I have had as passionate a conversion to him as he had to Christ. So I’m celebrating doubly for you today, sister in the Lord!

  • Lori

    God bless you, Leah! Welcome, and thank you for sharing your journey with us!

  • JoeC

    Congratulations! “Confessions” was the first biography of a St. I ever read. I think this quote from Book X was the one that stuck with me the most.

    “And what is this? I asked the earth, and it answered me, “I am not He”; and whatsoever are in it confessed the same. I asked the sea and the deeps, and the living creeping things, and they answered, “We are not thy God, seek above us.” I asked the moving air; and the whole air with his inhabitants answered, “Anaximenes was deceived, I am not God. ” I asked the heavens, sun, moon, stars, “Nor (say they) are we the God whom thou seekest.” And I replied unto all the things which encompass the door of my flesh: “Ye have told me of my God, that ye are not He; tell me something of Him.” And they cried out with a loud voice, “He made us. ” My questioning them, was my thoughts on them: and their form of beauty gave the answer. And I turned myself unto myself, and said to myself, “Who art thou?” And I answered, “A man.” And behold, in me there present themselves to me soul, and body, one without, the other within. By which of these ought I to seek my God? I had sought Him in the body from earth to heaven, so far as I could send messengers, the beams of mine eyes. But the better is the inner, for to it as presiding and judging, all the bodily messengers reported the answers of heaven and earth, and all things therein, who said, “We are not God, but He made us.” These things did my inner man know by the ministry of the outer: I the inner knew them; I, the mind, through the senses of my body. I asked the whole frame of the world about my God; and it answered me, “I am not He, but He made me.”

    • http://reluctantliberal.wordpress.com Reluctant Liberal

      Yeah, that’s my favorite quote from St. Augustine.

  • AV

    Here’s a novena to St. Monica, for when you need the gates of Heaven stormed… (Augustine was my confirmation saint, too)
    http://www.catholicdoors.com/prayers/english3/p02253.htm

  • http://ConvertJournal.com George @ Convert Journal

    It has been a long and challenging journey (so far), but you are home now. Welcome!

  • http://bywayofbeauty.com By Way of Beauty

    Welcome home Leah! “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”

  • http://fineoldfamly.blogspot.com Sally Thomas

    Congratulations, welcome, God bless you.

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  • http://ayearoflivingadventurously.wordpress.com Emily

    Rock on woman. God bless you.
    I recently fell in love with Catherine of Alexandria, too. She’s one of the co-patronesses of the Dominican order (but haberdashery is almost as good!)

  • Faramir

    Congratulations, Leah Augustine, my sister in Christ! Augustine is one of my favorite saints as well. To paraphrase a bit: God has made you for Himself, and may your heart no longer be restless, but may it forever rest in Him.

    • http://ayearoflivingadventurously.wordpress.com Emily

      Love that bit. :)

  • Deacon Greg Kandra

    And with a deacon by your side, too! :-) Wonderful picture.
    God bless you, Leah, and welcome, welcome, welcome!

  • http://theevangelista.com Christina Grace

    Welcome to the family, Leah! We’re so happy you’re here. St. Augustine, pray for us.

  • http://acatholiclife.blogspot.com A Catholic Life

    Wonderful news! Deo Gratias!

  • Jeff

    Thank you so much, Leah, for being my sister in Christ. God bless you always. Say a Hail Mary for me.

    And an early Merry Christmas to you!

  • jenna

    Welcome to the family!! So excited to be at the King’s table with you my dear. :)

  • keddaw

    A good choice of confirmation name given the nonsensical reason he gave for converting: “While reflecting in a garden, he hears a child’s voice chanting “take and read.”” The great Christian thinker indeed…

    • http://www.ephesians4-15.blogspot.ca Randy

      So what should a great thinker do in that situation? Ignore the voice? Cover his ears? Would a thinker not be the least bit curious about what he would learn if he listened to the voice?

      • keddaw

        It was a child’s voice singing a song. If a song (or frozen waterfalls, or the concept of morality being a person and that person loving them) makes the great thinker abandon reason and accept the existence of a caring deity (one so in love with us that he gave his only begotten son etc. etc.) then I would suggest that the honorific ‘great thinker’ was pretty sarcastic.

        • Luke Togni

          I don’t think you’ve really grasped the event in the context of the whole of Book VIII. In it Augustine has already had an intellectual conversion. That was not his problem. He sees himself as similar to Marius Victorinus, the great late ancient pagan-neoplatonic philosopher who himself had been converted intellectually to the truth of the faith, but had yet to receive the sacraments. Eventually Victorinus was converted in his heart and was officially received into the church.

          In the same Book, Augustine relates how two young members of the imperial court at Milan came across the “Vita Antonii”, the biography of St. Anthony of the Desert, who after his parent’s death is looking after his sister. He read a passage of scripture, “go, sell all that you have and follow me”, he does so and becomes a monk . Reading of his conversions the two are immediately converted and follow God.

          In Book VIII Augustine is distraught because he believes what the faith teaches, but unlike the stories above, his will is not converted. Augustine tries to make himself will to follow God completely, but is unable to do so. Weeping in the garden he hears the voice you describe, not sure if it from a child or something else, perhaps God. Recalling the story of St. Anthony Augustine opens the scriptures and reads this passage: “Not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying; but put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fullfil the lusts thereof.” Augustine’s struggle with his will ends and he finds that he desire God completely. God’s grace alone has effected his conversion, just as in all the other conversion stories that he recounts.

          So, no, it is not a nonsensical account of his conversion but a part of his literary description of the supreme role of God’s grace in his conversion.

        • Anthony Zarrella

          If I might ask, keddaw, why do you appear to simply take it as a given that “accept[ing] the existence of a caring deity” constitutes “abandon[ing] reason”?

          It seems that the question of whether the universe in all its wonder could have come about by random chance is *at least* one on which reasonable people could disagree. Or are you not saying that the *existence* of God is counter to reason, but merely His *caring nature* (i.e. the “Problem of Evil”)?

          If the latter is the case, it at least makes more sense to me, though I do not believe the problem of a caring God permitting Evil is an insoluble one. Far wiser people than myself have written on the subject though, so I won’t try to address it here. I’m pretty sure Chesterton (mentioned above) has written on it, I know C.S. Lewis has, and if you’d prefer more “scholarly” theology or philosophy on the topic, there’s plenty of that out there, too.

          God bless you, and may you find the answers you seek.

  • Coffee mom

    Oh joyous day! Welcome! Welcome home! So very happy for you…and so very happy for us the Church to have you here! Welcome, and may God bless you today and as you walk forward into great adventure!

  • http://www.hieropraxis.com Holly Ordway

    Congratulations, and welcome! – from a fellow former-atheist-turned-Christian-now-Catholic. St. Augustine, and St. Catherine, pray for us.

  • David

    I don’t get it. How does this happen?

    • Brian

      What do you mean, David?

    • MC88

      Said the one who has never been in Love.

  • http://www.hermitblogger.wordpress.com AMO

    Congratulations and welcome, from a fellow sister benefitting from Augustine’s patronage.

  • JQ Tomanek

    Welcome to the Catholic Church Leah!

  • http://a-star-of-hope.blogspot.com JoAnna

    Congratulations, and welcome home!

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

    Welcome to the Catholic Church. Let the adventure begin!

  • Brian

    I wish we were nearer to each other, Leah. Hanging out with you would be a blast.

  • Ted Seeber

    My favorite thing about your conversion story, is you taught me the Litany of Tarski.

    If only a few more atheists would pray that daily- and be willing to follow even what they consider “bad” evidence to an objective rational world, how much better off we’d all be!

    But instead, we get the Freedom From Religion Foundation writing the President to advise more draconian censorship.

    • Hendy

      This makes no sense. The whole point of the Litany of Tarski is to align your beliefs, and your desire to believe beliefs, with whatever is true. I would urge you to consider that many on either side of the debate simply don’t have the evidence they need to be convinced. That simple.

      There are atheists, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and Scientologists all wishing you would pray the Litany of Tarski daily and be willing to follow what you might consider “bad” evidence in order to come into the light of their objective, rational worlds.

      You don’t see yourself as hard heartedly ignoring what they consider “evidence,” do you? Then perhaps don’t consider that atheists are doing such, either.

  • Ted Seeber

    And I never noticed before now- but on one of his albums (don’t know which one) Nick Alexander has used those words of Augustine in a song! Too Late Have I Loved You.

  • Michael

    Congratulations Leah… Welcome…Welcome…Welcome and God bless you on this great and happy day. Benedict XVI once said that the day of his baptism was the most important day of his life…and so it is for you. You have the great gift be being able to remember it all and why and how you came here. Your faith makes our faith stronger!!! Somewhere an angel smiled as you were welcome into the life and love of the Trinity this day!!! Peace be with you!!!

  • http://diabeticbirth.blogspot.com Beth T.

    Congratulations! The day of my baptism was one of the happiest of my life, and the day of my confirmation completed my joy. I can’t imagine all that goodness on one day…may God continue to bless you in abundance!

  • grok87

    Congratulations Leah and Welcome!
    Thomas Cahill has some interesting things to say about St. Augustine in “How the Irish saved Civilization.” He calls him “the man who cried I”
    http://www.amazon.com/Irish-Saved-Civilization-Hinges-History/dp/0385418493
    “To Carthage I came, where there sang all around me in my ears a cauldron of unholy loves. As yet I loved no one, yet I loved to love, and out of a deep seated need, I hated myself for not being needy. I pursued whoever-whatever might be lovable, in love with love. Safety I hated-and any course without danger. For within me was a famine.”

  • Mark Shea

    Leah:
    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. One of the many unexpected graces of my life has been the honor of getting to know you just a tad. May he continue to guide you on your way into the heart and mind of Christ the Word made flesh and see you through until the Day of Christ Jesus. May he grant you to know the depths of his faith, hope and love through Christ our Lord.

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  • TeresaL

    Welcome home, Leah! This is a very moving moment to witness, even if virtually. So happy for you!

  • Indy

    May God bless and keep you – I can always use another sister!

  • Sparki

    Congratulations and welcome home!

  • Anna

    Welcome home! You’ve been in my prayers all week – and I’ve been sending your “countdown” posts on to lots of people because, being a cradle Catholic myself, they’ve been beautifully helpful in re-opening my eyes to that eternally new gift of faith.

  • Christopher Lake

    Welcome to the Church that Christ founded, Leah! I’ve often read your blog before but have never commented. You have come into the Church at a very interesting and challenging time in her history– as has every other convert in history! :-)

    In America though, particularly, challenging times are before us in many ways. I’m so glad that you chose, by God’s grace, to come into the Church. It’s a great gain for you and for the Church. We need sharp thinkers, such as yourself, with us. Welcome home, my sister in Christ!

  • http://beatencopperlamp.blogspot.com Sarah

    Congratulations and welcome home! Sacraments are awesome, aren’t they?

    As if your joyful embrace of the Truth wasn’t enough, this post especially makes me happy because your title quotes one of my favorite books, and I recognize the lovely church where you were just baptized. I look forward to reading about your new life as a Catholic!

  • Len

    Congrats and welcome!

  • Gia

    Welcome welcome welcome welcome … home.

  • KarenColorado

    Leah, Thank you for sharing the photo and your reflections. This is the part of the liturgy that always makes me cry. I want to say, “Welcome”… But more than that, I want to thank you for welcoming us readers along in YOUR journey! Your joy and love for Truth are palpable and contagious!!

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  • http://agapas.me Bob LeBlanc

    Welcome home, Leah. It’s most interesting to read Augustine’s Confessions. Everyone loves these conversion stories. It’s like the fairy stories, Cinderella and glass slipper, except they’re real. And they point to a great joy, a joy beyond the walls of the world!

    Certainly, it’s a love affair with Truth, Logos, or the Word, or just Jesus the Christ. And the more you know the Truth, the deeper the Love. Today, for you, the world is new. Recall those moments in Eden, the world made new.

    And here’s a prayer, that you finish race, when that Joy is more than memory.

  • Rafael

    Felicitaciones Leah , rezo y lo seguiré haciendo por vos. Bienvenida a casa.
    Me imagino tu inmensa alegría! que buenos santos elegiste como modelo, unos gigantes realmente.
    Rafael Bertinat. de Colonia, Uruguay

    • Tomas Mirandola

      Leah, desde Argentina me sumo a las felicitaciones de Rafael!

  • http://theromanroad.wordpress.com Jason

    Welcome home!!

  • Dennis Mahon

    Welcome home, Leah. Now buckle your seatbelt – it gets rocky after here.

    • R.C.

      Hear, hear!

      As I saw some Catholic blogger (it may have been the Anchoress) say prior to my own entry to the Church: “Come on in, it’s awful!”

      • http://ayearoflivingadventurously.wordpress.com Emily

        Yeah, but we’re in it together. :)

  • SteveP

    Praise the Lord our God for the birth of a new sister in Christ! Welcome Leah Augustine!

  • stephen m. bauer

    Congratulations!

  • Sara

    We love you so much and are so happy you are home! Praise God!

  • http://backoftheworld.com Ryan M.

    Congratulations and welcome!!! “Securus Judicat Orbis Terrarum”!!!

  • http://www.2catholicmen.blogspot.com Ben @ Two Men

    Welcome Leah.
    Reading books from centuries ago like “Confessions” may be the closest thing to time travel we have. If reading Catholic classics, it’s a great reminder of the communion of saints, especially when stumbling upon a paragraph like this one from Confessions Book I. “To whom am I narrating this? Not to you, my God, but to my own kind in your presence – to that small part of the human race who may chance to come upon these writings. And to what end? That I and all who read them may understand what depths there are from which we are to cry to you.” Think about it; reading Confessions from AD 397 in the year 2012 is like someone reading this post in the year 3627!!

  • http://www.catholic.com Damien

    Awww yeah! Christ’s Church has gained a beautiful heart and mind.

  • http://theophor.us Ignatius Theophorus

    Congrats and good pick. Augustine is my favorite Doctor. And you only have 364 more days as a neophyte! And only 1 year and 364 days before Canon Law allows you to enter a novitiate or equivalent (most won’t take you before year 3, so you have time) (that two year wait might only be for the priesthood, now that I think about it. Religious orders are a good deal more autonomous).

    I definitely recommend City of God. It is no light read and takes a while (took me a few years reading it on and off), but I found it extraordinarily useful.

  • http://wdmt.blogspot.com Mike

    Congratulations and welcome home!

  • ARKD

    Congratulations, Leah! (I was pleased to read about your choice of patron saint. I’m also a convert, and I chose St. Augustine, also after having considered St. Catherine of Alexandria.)

  • http://whiterosebrian.deviantart.com Brian A. Cook

    Welcome home. Do not let anyone repulse you from Christ. Do not give up on Christ. Do not give up on Mother Church, even with all the question-marks and problems and historical burdens (I have written to leaders, including the Pope himself, asking them to directly deal with those). Be patient in searching for truth and goodness and beauty. Seek to love and care with a pure heart. Pray as often as you can, even if you merely whisper, “Lord Jesus Christ” or, “have mercy on me.”

  • teomatteo

    Often when i kneel before the communion rail i get a very strong sense that my patron saint is kneeling on the other side… together for that moment at a foretaste of the banquet promised us. Leah, i will keep you in my prayers.

  • http://www.arsvivendiblog.com/ Inge (Ars Vivendi)

    Congratulations, Leah. I am also a convert from Atheism, and St. Augustine is also one of my patron saints! I really LOVE reading his Confessions. He is passionate, but also very knowledgeable: he knows why he believes what he believes and is very good at explaining it.
    The Church needs us converts, because we see things from a different angle. Fasten your seat belt, indeed.

  • Kristen inDallas

    Congratulations!

  • Jacob Therakathu

    Congratulations:)

  • http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/ Thom

    I seriously ask you to love with me, to hurry and believe with me; let us long for our celestial home, sigh for our celestial fatherland, and realise that here on earth we are pilgrims. What shall we see then? Let the gospel now speak out: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (Saint Augustine, Tract. In Joh. 35, 8)

    Welcome home, sister.

  • http://jscafenette.com Manny

    Well congratulations!!! That is wonderful. Welcome into our faith. :)

  • deiseach

    Now! I was forgetting! But part of the fun of being a newly-minted Catholic is all the traditions (the “small-t” ones, as well as the “capital T” Tradition).

    And here in Ireland, it is the custom that for Communion and Confirmation, the kids then go round and hit up their family friends and relations for cold, hard cash. Traditionally, it should be “silver for a handsel” as an elderly cousin of my mother informed me years ago, but seeing as how all common coinage nowadays is cupro-nickel… anyways, seeing as how you did the three-in-one yesterday (baptism, communion and confirmation). you certainly deserve the traditional extorting of cash from the relatives!

    (I’m feeling like a proud auntie here, so excuse the presumption). So what I wanted to say was, if you have anything on the likes of an Amazon wish list, or you’d like to nominate a donation to your favourite charity, let us know – and don’t feel guilty or greedy about asking, because this is tradition now, you’re not just allowed to do it, you’re supposed to do it!

    Yeah, we could do it on the cheap and give you spiritual bouquets instead but there’s nothing stopping us doing both!

  • http://www.movingmountainsrosary.com Joe Ott

    Hi Lea,

    Welcome Home! May Our Lord Jesus Christ bathe you in His Precious Blood. If you would like to share your story with a listening radio audience here in Massachusetts/ Connecticut, let me know? You can check my web site to see what the program entails. Pax Tecum,

    Joe

  • YachovBenYachov

    Welcome to the Church my dear.

  • http://www.elizabethhillgrove.com Elizabeth

    Heeeeeeeey yaaaaaaaaaaaaay! Par-tay! Welcome Home, Leah!

  • Heather

    Congratulations! You have to see the movie Restless Heart about St. Augustine. It is awesome!!!!

  • Tiff

    Yay! Welcome Home Leah!

  • Alix

    Welcome home!

  • Gerry

    How thrilling! I wonder, which will be the next causes you chose to support now that you are part of the RCC?!
    Maybe join the Irish bishops, and lobby for inaction in abortion laws so that more and more women can die with their cervices open for three days?
    Or could you defend priests denying communion and confirmation to Catholic marriage equality supporters, least they change their thinking ways?
    There’s always the option of trying to harmonise science with fertilised eggs in the wombs of virgin women who never physically died, resurrection and those ‘faces’ in oil stains.
    One whole ocean of possibilities, if you ask me.

    • Alix

      Perhaps she’ll volunteer to teach spelling and grammar to the haters in her com-box? That would indeed be a mitzvah…

      • http://theophor.us Ignatius Theophorus

        +1

    • michael

      Gerry,
      It never ceases to amaze me how New Atheist vitriol, like the kind you are vomiting, echos that of fundamentalist Christians in their cruelly exclusionary ravings. I’m sure you’re aware your bitter words are useless here, so obviously you are just trying to make yourself feel better about your positions.

      She didn’t come to believe in a bunch of political positions, she came to believe in the Person of Christ.

      • Gerry

        “She didn’t come to believe in a bunch of political positions, she came to believe in the Person of Christ.”

        I am sure you can find more than a handful of Catholic bishops who will identify those as one and the same.

        • Ted Seeber

          No- but behind each of those political positions IS Reason and Truth- which you cannot see because you lack Faith in Truth.

          • http://delphipsmith.livejournal.com Delphi Psmith

            Your interpretation of truth, perhaps, but little or no reason, just faith. But hey, if that’s enough for you…

    • Captain America

      Hater.

      • Gerry

        Fair enough, but why?
        Is it not true that Catholic bishops are responsible for 20 years of no laws for safe abortions in Ireland?
        Is it not true that a priest and his bishop in Minnesota wants to force a teen to change what he believes before confirming him?
        Is it not true that the RCC believes in things that are absolutely against scientific knowledge?

        • http://www.nature.com Agnikan

          Gerry, there’s more to the story: http://www.kfgo.com/on-air-details.php?ID=1498

          • Gerry

            Gee, kinda like “he wasn’t denied confirmation; he was just told he couldn’t have it unless he changed his thoughts to exactly what we think, so he walked away and started saying mean things about me!”

          • http://theophor.us Ignatius Theophorus

            @Gerry

            If you had read the article, then you would know that the Church denied him nothing, he chose not to participate.

        • http://ayearoflivingadventurously.wordpress.com Emily

          WHY would a person WANT to be confirmed if they do not believe what the Church practices and holds to be true? Confirmation makes you an adult in the Catholic Church and inplies you believe what she teachers to be true, and that you will defend it as true.
          If you are for “marriage equality”, then you do not believe what the Church believes to be true, and as such, you shouldn’t WANT to be confirmed in it. The bishop cannot in good conscience confirm someone who blatantly disregards Church teaching.

          • Gerry

            But of course you are right!
            Haven’t I just proposed Leah to go for it and defend the bishop? I am encouraging her to side with the priest!
            I mean, given than “LGBT” is the largest term in her tag cloud, and given how she was just given what this young man, was denied, her opinion should be very valuable, right?

          • Ted Seeber

            One can be for Same Sex Attracted people- love them and include them- without being for replacing love with lust and claiming gay marriage is possible.

        • Ted Seeber

          “Is it not true that Catholic bishops are responsible for 20 years of no laws for safe abortions in Ireland?”

          Forget the Catholic part, it’s not even true that there are no laws for safe TRIAGE in Ireland for women. The case you’re referring to is based entirely on rumor and innuendo, not on fact.

          “Is it not true that a priest and his bishop in Minnesota wants to force a teen to change what he believes before confirming him?”

          Uh, yes, that’s what confirmation MEANS. Converting from falsehood to truth. But I’ve got a question for you- why do you think Lust is Love?

          “Is it not true that the RCC believes in things that are absolutely against scientific knowledge?”

          Things like you can have human beings without fetuses or chickens without eggs? The lack of scientific knowledge is all on the other side, which is why I repeat what I say below- without faith there is no reason.

          • Gerry

            1. Nope there aren’t. That’s why there’s an European ruling against the country, remember? That’s why their health ministry formed an action committee whose results were delivered days ago, remember? “Things like me” can also read websites, remember?

            2. Glad we agree. I don’t think I ever said “lust is love.” Just so we are clear on it, do you think my love for my boyfriend is lust then? Or is it that “things like me” are so disgusting to you that you can’t portray us feeling anything but that which revolts you?

            3. What do “Things like me” having foetuses and chickens has anything to do with you believing Mary—against any scientific notion—ascended into heaven instead of dying? Or that a deceased body can just stand and prance around upon command?

            But seriously, what exactly are those “things like me”? I’m curious.

          • Ted Seeber

            1. Europe doesn’t define truth. Democracy doesn’t define truth. There is already an exception for TRIAGE in Ireland’s laws, regardless of what anybody says, because that is a FACT, unlike the lies you want to believe.
            2. If you’re for gay marriage, then you are for replacing love with lust, because homosexuality is only about lust, not about love- only about wanting to use the other person for sex, not about wanting to grow old with them and share life’s joys and sorrows with them (that’s called friendship, and it is possible to do without using the other person to satisfy lust).
            3. Things=ideas- you’re the one who used the term first. Ideas like: You can have a chicken without an egg (because obviously eggs aren’t chickens, right? Seen that plenty from the New Atheists- in support of the idea that fetuses aren’t human). I’m just pointing out that your misconceptions about Catholicism are equal only to your misconceptions about science.

            And you’re still not what I would call rational.

          • Val

            Ah, Ted, my dear fellow gargoyle.
            That Leah now has far more in common with you and your sick lies than she ever did with loving queers, moral atheists or honest philosophers says more about her complete moral failing than any verbose argument ever could.
            Thank you for being you.

        • deiseach

          No, Gerry, it’s not true that the bishops are responsible. It’s the fault of successive governments, none of whom wanted to touch the issue, since they were worried about the reaction of the electorate (and matters have changed over the past thirty years in Ireland, so that the bishops don’t have the power you ascribe to them in political matters any more).

          We may possibly get legislation in the lifetime of this present government – or we may not.

        • jenesaispas

          No such thing as a safe abortion.

          • http://www.politicalflavors.com Elizabeth

            No such thing as safe childbirth either.

        • savvy

          Gerry,

          1. Abortion is already legal in Ireland to save the life of the mother, and it’s a well known fact that Ireland has the lowest maternal morality rates in the world.

          Section 21.4 of Ireland’s Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics for Registered Medical Practitioners:

          “In current obstetrical practice, rare complications can arise where therapeutic intervention (including termination of a pregnancy) is required at a stage when, due to extreme immaturity of the baby, there may be little or no hope of the baby surviving. In these exceptional circumstances, it may be necessary to intervene to terminate the pregnancy to protect the life of the mother, while making every effort to preserve the life of the baby.”

          The issue here was malpractise, but then again why argue with those haters not interested in facts, of an investigation that has not even been completed.

          2. Confirmation requires taking certain vows. Should someone take vows they do not believe in?

          The kid was honest and withdrew from the class himself. It was the parents that were in an uproar.

    • Ted Seeber

      The above post is the proof behind Fides et Ratio. When you deny faith, you abandon reason indeed!

    • deiseach

      Or she could teach basic research skills to putative journalists, who are completely sure they know exactly what happened in a medical case before the enquiry (which has only formally been announced today) has even started. I don’t know why we’re even bothering with the expense and time of the thing, since you know perfectly well how the woman died, from what cause, and where the septicaemia that killed her was introduced into her system.

      Oh, and by the way, it wasn’t bishops but trained medical professionals who were working in the Galway University Hospital treating (or failing to treat) this woman.

      • dan

        Whatever the bishops may or may not practices does not invalidate the church’s doctrine. It is a simple thing taught in entry-level critical thinking courses that hypocrisy does not invalidate an argument. Theoretically, though every single priest and bishop in practice did not live up to the doctrines, that does not mean that the doctrine is invalid. Now, it would be a strong case against it, but one has to consider the argument itself, not the qualities of the people who espouse them. You cannot make judgements based upon an argument’s presenter. Likewise, all theists cannot dismiss an aetheist’s claim merely because theology is outside the realm of biology. Such an instance would suggest that his claim is invalid, but one cannot decide that without weighing the claim separately from the claimer. For any reasonable discussion on anything, the existence of God included, the arguments alone can be considered.

        If one wishes to attack christianity, one cannot do so by attacking the actions of its members, for they can always be uninformed. Again, HYPOCRISY DOES NOT INVALIDATE AN ARGUMENT! Those who choose to disagree with christianity must disagree with the doctrines themselves.

        • keddaw

          “one has to consider the argument itself, not the qualities of the people who espouse them”

          Indeed, but the arguments are not based on independently verifiable facts but on some claim of access to higher knowledge. If the people who espouse such beliefs (or Church teaching in general) cannot be differentiated from people who do not then the Truth claim becomes all the more untenable and you’re left with the question, as Stephen Fry put it, what is the Catholic Church for?

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGFS_hkHfCc

          • Brian

            I think you should take a closer at what you wrote, keddaw:

            ” If the people who espouse such beliefs (or Church teaching in general) cannot be differentiated from people who do not then the Truth claim becomes all the more untenable…”

            This is the very definition of an ad hominem fallacy.

          • keddaw

            Brian, if it were it would be a textbook example of an ad hominem rather than a definition, but pedantry aside, I stand by the claim that if the Church makes unverifiable Truth claims based on personal or collective access to ‘moral’ information the rest of us lack, and then the Church proceeds to act in ‘immoral’ ways*, then it is not unreasonable to ignore their proclamations of moral teaching and seek our own enlightenment in such issues and ask once again, what is the Church for?

            *Or as moral as knowledge of that time would lead a regular ‘good’ person to behave.

          • savvy

            The church has all kinds of people. Sinners and saints. You are ignoring the fact that this is the world’s largest charitable institution, that feeds, clothes, and educates and treats more people than anybody else on the planet.

            I brought up the fact, that there are those who fail to live up to a standard. It does not change the standard itself. On the other hand, those who claim there is no standard, accuse others of violating one is the ultimate hypocrisy.

          • keddaw

            “there are those who fail to live up to a standard. It does not change the standard itself.”

            But the institution is claiming special insight from the creator of the universe, the ultimate source of morality, in order to set that standard. If they cannot get something as simple as slavery or child abuse correct then I would suggest they really, really don’t have special insight from the ultimate source of morality and we should be seeking our own reasons to be moral and discover what moral actually is.

            I’m pretty sure you can accuse people of violating their own standards even if you believe those standards to be stupid or wrong (e.g. anti-gay Evangelists having homosexual trysts or the Catholic Church claiming to be pro-science while performing exorcisms and ‘verifying’ miracles to canonize 55 saints since 1950). Try to get the direction of the hypocrisy right here…

  • milmarm

    David, sincerely ask to be lead into all Truth, be open and then enjoy the wild ride.

  • Grace

    I love St Augustine as well…

  • Jennifer

    Welcome Home Leah! I was keyed onto your conversion story via Marc (the Bad Catholic). I know it must be hard, but I am so grateful for you and will continue to pray for you. St. Josemaria Escriva (founder of Opus Dei and a GREAT saint that you should get to know sometime) said very wisely: Conversion takes a day, sanctity is the work of a lifetime.” here’s to your journey to sanctity. May you continue to discover the wisdom, joy and fullness of the truth contained within our beautiful Catholic Church. God bless you.

  • http://denythecat.blogspot.com Brian Sullivan

    When we sang Lift High the Cross at Mass on Sunday, this verse reminded me of your Baptism:
    “Each newborn servant of the Crucified
    Bears on the brow the seal of Him Who died.”

  • http://littleportionhermitage.blogspot.com/ Brother Hermit

    Welcome home!!!!

  • Esther

    Hearty congratulations to you!

  • http://www.nature.com Agnikan

    Mazel tov!

  • Angela

    Welcome!!! We are so happy to have you here :)

  • Max

    As an Augustinian pre-novice, I approve this message :)

    Congrats Leah!

  • Pete

    I think that your faith is too dependent on your blog posts,
    and the audience of fans that reads them. If you dd not blog,
    and/or had to be a practicing member of the Church on a desert
    island, would you still remain in the “body of Christ”?

    Most likely your pride will drag you out of “God’s embrace” and
    you will become apostate. Your considerable intelligence is
    higher than any deity promoted by Christian theologians
    and you should be proud of it without guilt.

    I hope you will investigate the large amount of Jewish writing
    on how they consider Jesus to be a failed prophet, and certainly
    not the Messiah.

    Also you should see how the “Second Coming” is not going to
    happen. Matthew 24:34 compared with Matthew 24:36: You
    will see that “hour and the day” are dependent on the context
    of “generation”. A priest might tell you that “hour and the day”
    is an open ended prophecy or expectation, but it is dependent
    on the supposed words of Jesus when he talks about “generation”.

    I admire your intelligence and writing skills, and I think you
    will wake up one day and have a hard time with Church claims
    on a variety of subjects.

    • Ted Seeber

      The world ends with every human being’s death.

      Start there, and maybe you’ll find higher philosophy than that of the racist Zionists.

      • http://thoughtfulatheist.blogspot.com/ Jake

        Well that escalated quickly…

    • Victor

      (((I hope you will investigate the large amount of Jewish writing on how they consider Jesus to be a failed prophet, and certainly not the Messiah.)))

      I often let my little pete have his lusting so called brainy saying opinions also, butt where are your godly virus cells when you need them Victor?

      Relax sinner vic cause “I’M” not dead yet and if ya want to TALK, YA KNOW WHERE me, myself and i can be add!

      Listen Victor! We come in peice and our fight is not with little retarded people cells as yourself so please don’t go bi-polar on U>S (usual sinners) alien gods cause we won’t stand for “IT” if ya know what “I” mean? :)

      Like I’ve always said while passing “IT” from my trone butt “I’M” going to say “IT” again in the future, there’s nothing wrong with ya maggets sinners, “IT” is The Rest of The World! :(

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZ_X448CTk8

      Peace

    • mnemos

      @Ted and Victor – I don’t see where you are coming from. I welcome Leah to our Church with lots of the folks here. Pete doesn’t agree and offers his counter position in a reasonable, respectful and challenging way. He doesn’t agree – that’s fine, God can handle it and hopefully Pete will follow where God leads him. If Leah sees some pride associated with her blogging that she needs to face as Pete seems to warn, she has faced many questions here with openness and honesty and I wish her strength of faith to continue.

  • DoctorD

    I am very sorry for your loss.

  • Rachel K

    Congratulations and welcome home!

    Good job picking a saint who speaks to your weaknesses, by the way–if I could go back in time and do it again, I wouldn’t have chosen Angela Merici as my confirmation saint. Don’t get me wrong, Angela Merici still rocks my socks, but I don’t need a confirmation saint name to remind me that underprivileged kids need teachers as much as everyone else (which is why I chose her as a 22-year-old working on her education resume). I very rarely find myself offering up prayers to St. Angela Merici in the middle of the day. St. Martha, my sister in “But I’m too busy to read the Bible”? Or St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, my sister in “But God, why don’t your plans for my life look more like MY plans for my life?!” They’re different kettles of fish.

  • Jim

    Congrats Leah!

    Now you can look me up on Catholic Match… :p

  • http://www.jennasthilaire.com/ Jenna St. Hilaire

    From a fellow convert, who has lurked over here a few times from Mark Shea’s: one wholehearted, joyous, slightly teary welcome. I’m reading St. Augustine’s Confessions now, and that “O Beauty so ancient and so new” clip just gores me every time I see it. Here’s raising a glass and offering a prayer to your excellent patron for you today!

  • Val

    Disgusting.
    I sincerely hope that if Leah has any queer friends left, they shun her for this hypocrisy.

    • John

      Very charitable. I’m sure Ms. Libresco wishes you no ill, why must you wish it for her? If, indeed, there is no truth and everything is one’s personal choice then what concern is it of yours what she does with her life? She has done nothing to you. Irrational to the extreme.

      • http://seriouslywhimsical.wordpress.com Jennifer

        Would you be charitable to someone who joined up with a hate group? Because to a large number of people around the world, the Church IS a hate group.

        (Of course people who join hate groups always believe they are the ‘good guys’, but that’s a matter of their perspective).

        • Brian

          That is a rather ignorant view, though. The Church teaches against contemporary views on sexual ethics, yes, but that is hardly hateful. Anyone with the slightest familiarity with the intellectual tradition of the Catholic Church knows that her teachings on sexual ethics are based on a highly-developed moral philosophy and theology. Hurling accusations of “hate” and “bigotry” at the Church only reflects ignorance and misunderstanding.

          • Val

            Ah yes… every observation of the failings of the church are always a display of simple ignorance. How wonderfully complete a worldview.

            Leah has – very publically – betrayed the lives and hearts of real people because she fell in love with an argument. She has taken up with a tribe inimical to my own… one that excuses brutish medievalism with absurd claims of authority, and whose adherents pretend that their contemptible actions represent ‘love.’

          • Ted Seeber

            Sounds like all the hate is coming from you Val.

          • LeRoi

            Much as I hate to stand anywhere near Ted Seeber, who’s posting rape comments on the football post (not to mention his comments here)…

            Can you get any more melodramatic, Val? Leah’s life is not about you, anymore than anyone else’s is. She hasn’t “betrayed the lives and hearts of real people” – she’s living her own life, and following her own path. Get a grip. I don’t have to dislike every Catholic if I dislike the Church; that’s an absurd principle.

          • Val

            No, LeRoi, that’s not all she’s doing and you know it. She has made her conversion a very public event and in the process has already challenged the moral standing of atheists and engaged in classic evangelical apologetics.

            How influential and offensive does an institution need to be before someone else’s submission to its doctrines qualifies as an affront to you?

        • Ted Seeber

          To most Orthodox Catholics, abortionists are a hate group.
          To most Orthodox Catholics, homosexuals are a hate group.

          To many men, feminists are a hate group.

          If we’re going to ban all hate groups, shall we start there?

          • http://seriouslywhimsical.wordpress.com Jennifer

            When was the last time a pro-choicer tried to force a religious person to have an abortion?

            When is the last time a homosexual tried to convince a religious person to have gay sex/marry someone of the same gender?

            When is the last time a feminist DIDN’T believe in equal rights for men and women (that being the definition of feminism)?

            Please explain how these groups could be considered as ‘hate groups’, since they don’t advocate any hatred of or discrimination against anybody. Thanks.

          • http://delphipsmith.livejournal.com Delphi Psmith

            Go Jennifer :)

        • savvy

          Jennifer and Val,

          Certain ideas cannot be reconciled with historic Christianity such as pansexuality. I do wish these people the best in starting their own religion.

        • John

          So they’re intolerant, you’re intolerant, I’m intolerant….we’re all intolerant.

          Is the Church a “hate” group because they don’t publicly endorse & glorify the things you want? Is that where we are now? You don’t agree with me or I don’t agree with you and now it’s bigoted hatred? This all reeks of spoiled children being told “no” for the first time.

          • http://seriouslywhimsical.wordpress.com Jennifer

            The Church is seen by some people as a hate group because it promotes prejudice against some categories of human beings. That the Church does so out of its own “love” or “morality” does not make the prejudice any less hurtful to those whom it effects. This is obviously more than a case of “you don’t agree with me, therefore you belong to a hate group!” I am perfectly happy to disagree with people about ideas. When those ideas cause harm to whole subsets of our species, then there is more of a problem.

            I’d guess that the KKK dislike black people only because they “love” white people and want to uphold the “ethics” of white superiority. Before you jump on people for being melodramatic or childish, consider that they are approaching your organisation from the outside, and seeing it from a different point of view. To people who have been hurt by the Church, to people who feel hated by the Church, of course they are going to be disgusted by Leah (who seems like a lovely young woman) joining its ranks. Wouldn’t you be disappointed (and freaked out) if your friend or acquaintance joined the KKK out of the blue? It’s very disconcerting.

            Personally, I do feel hated by the Church (well, by all Churches in general, not just the Catholic Church). I recently attended a friend’s wedding where one of the Bible passages, read out with great relish, told of how dirty unbelievers such as myself would burn for all of eternity in a lake of fire. Doesn’t that sound a little… um… KKKish, to you?

          • Cous

            hey Jennifer, you seem open to discussing this calmly, so I wanted to respond to what you said above. I can only apologize if you have ever been hurt by someone in the Church or felt that the Catholic Church as an institution has, in practice, perpetuated or promoted prejudice against you or those you love. As a matter of doctrine she does not do this, but obviously her members have fallen far short of putting those teachings into practice.

            I’ll just offer two points for consideration – one key difference between alarm at a friend joining the KKK vs. a friend joining the Catholic Church is that the (hopefully) primary reason one joins the Church is not for social reasons or because one plans to start adopting all the worst behavior and attitudes and preferences in which the stereotypical member of that group engages, but because of the ideal that that institution teaches, however far short of it her members fall, and in this case because one believes that the Church and only the Church possesses and teaches the fullness of the truth about man, goodness, eternity, and God.

            It would be like if the English and engineering departments were both building rockets and fighting over whose math was correct – if you had to choose a rocket in which you go to the moon, you would side with the engineering department and get in their rocket because they are right about the truths of physics and math and you want to make it to the moon alive, despite the fact that you like the people in the English department more and think that a lot of the people in the engineering department are misogynistic and selfish and sometimes use their authority and knowledge of engineering to pursue evil ends.

            The other thing I’ll offer is the counterpoint to the reading you heard:

            For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you…Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’ Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’ [Mt 7:2, 21-23]

            To all: happy Thanksgiving!

    • Jennifer

      You can reject and ridicule the Truth all you want. Doesn’t make it any less true.

      • http://seriouslywhimsical.wordpress.com Jennifer

        Haha.

        Just pointing out that this is a different ‘Jennifer’ to myself. Obviously.

  • http://www.jrganymede.com Adam G.

    That puts paid to my theory that this whole conversion thing was a spoof. Best wishes.

  • http://thoughtfulatheist.blogspot.com/ Jake

    Consider me a conscientious objector, but congratulations on this big day in your life. We all appreciate you sharing your journey with us, regardless of where you end up.

    Also, quick takes. We like the quick takes.

    • Faith

      You, sir, are a gentleman! We need more of your kind! It was refreshing to read a dissenting but gracious response.

    • R.C.

      I second Faith’s view. Let’s hear it for the gracious dissenter!

      (So much better than that ungracious variety one sometimes encounters!)

  • http://streetevangelization.com Steve Dawson

    Congratulations Leah! God bless,

    Steve
    St. Paul Street Evangelization

  • http://acitizenpayingattention.blogspot.com/ Bruce Cole

    Leah – sorry for all the nasty e-mails. Predictable, up to a point. Anyway, I have followed your blog for several months, and never written. I offered my communion for you yesterday. Augustine has been a great companion of mine for, well, decades now (I also ended up marrying an Augustine scholar – a Yalie to boot!) Been especially interested as we lived in the DC area for years – still miss it a lot – and so that added something extra to following your story. Anyway, just saying congratulations and I look forward to following your path.

  • Patrick Joseph

    Welcome home, o daughter. Aren’t we the lucky ones? To help you along the narrow way, may I suggest a book: The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence. May you find this simple yet profound means of knowing, loving and serving God as awesome as I have. Pray, hope, and don’t worry as St. Padre Pio said.

  • Edward

    Welcome Home Leah. Thank you for sharing your journey. Conversions like yours are always beautiful and evangelistic, including to those who hate and are unaware of what True Love can do deep within our spirit. Long live Christ the King! Alleluia!

  • Rick White

    JMJ
    Congratulations , and welcome home , I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers , may our Lord , his blessed mother , all the angels and saints be with now and forever. There are many more saints , blessed’s and servants of God to explore , this is my first time on your blog and of hearing of you , I will be fallowing you with interest from now on. Again God bless and be with you and yours , the journey is just beginning, Deo gratias

  • Craig

    Deo gratias!

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  • Otepoti

    Thanks be to God.
    (Are you going to change the name of your blog now?)

  • Clare Krishan

    Congratulations – and keep St Catherine close for when your intellectual-at-the-expense-of-the-physical impulses need a diversion: a delicious traditional gingerbread is created at this time of year and is named after her. The dough’s dry ingedients and shortening are laid up in a warm place on her feast day 11-25 to allow the aromas some weeks to mingle well before adding the milk and eggs and baking later in Advent in time for festivities of Christmas.
    http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorner_Lebkuchen
    http://www.rezeptwiese.de/rezepte/90392-thorner_kathrinchen (German name)
    http://www.visittorun.pl/237,l2.html
    “Pope John Paul II was presented by Toruń Gingerbread Bakers delegation with an occasional cake shaped like the Heliocentric System as visualized on Nicolaus Copernicus’ work “De Revolutionibus, etc.” The most famous form of Toruń gingerbread: Catharine (Polish: Katarzynka) However, the most recognizable and typical gingerbread shape is the simple “Catherine” (Polish: “katarzynka”), made by joining six circles (medallions) together. ”
    Apart from Copernicus, Torun is also famed for the declaration on catholicity of the University in the heart of the Church (signed to coincide with the week of her feast day, perhaps?)
    http://www.uowc.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/TORU%C5%83_DECLARATION.pdf
    n.b. the Polish monks who run the Czestechowa shrine in Doylestown, PA sell them year-round in their gift shop.

  • Lynda

    Welcome home! I am very happy for you. I would advise you not to allow such hate-filled, irrational comments on your blog, though. I could answer their baseless attacks on the Church and Ireland’s world-renowned excellence in obstetrics and maternal medicine but they don’t want to know the truth, and this isn’t the proper forum. Congratulations, and keep up the good work! You’ve shown how, when a person sincerely seeks the Truth, he will usually find it.

  • http://imperfectfollower.blogspot.com NickD

    Deo gratias! I’m praying for you!

  • http://www.evolutionarylandscapes.net Jeremy Johnson

    Thanks for this post. It inspired me to write up a little piece in my Tumblr and share the St. Augustine quote. Feel free to read it, if you feel moved to. Otherwise, congratulations on your conversation!

    http://shamansun.tumblr.com/post/36118120224/thou-wast-with-me-but-i-was-not-with-thee

  • http://www.azoic.com/ Irenaeus of New York

    Congratulations!

  • http://www.etsy.com/LadyJaneDarcy Jane

    God bless you!!! Welcome home!!

  • http://www.postabortionwalk.blogspot.com AncillaDomini

    This is beyond awesome! So happy for you! I can’t wait to see what you write about now!

  • Morriec

    William Jurgens in his commentary in his 3 volume collection of the writings of the Church Fathers stated that if he had to choose between losing all of the Church Fathers’ (other than Augustine) writings or losing Augustine, he would choose keeping Augustine. congrats.

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  • Maria J.

    Congratulations! Welcome to the family!

  • Johnny Frugal

    Congratulations!!
    May God Bless and keep you, may He make His face shine upon you, may He give you peace.

  • Tricia S

    May God continue to bless you, and may the joy you feel today pale in comparison to future days as you experience life having “put on Christ!”

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

    Leah,
    As the Bishop said to me on the day of my ordination, when I placed my folded hands within his and looked him in the eyes and pledged obedience to him and his successors, “May God who has begun the good work in you bring it to fulfillment” (Philippians 1:6).
    The “Finished Products” are in heaven. But, as I am finding out, if you dare to seek the Truth and enter the Church, if you further dare to offer your thoughts to the world as a blogger and enough people take notice, they’ll be lining up with various grades of sandpaper to finish you further.
    Let us pray for each other.

    • keddaw

      You pledge allegiance to your bishop and his successors? Not the Bible, not Jesus, not the truth (or the Truth) but to your fellow clergymen and organisational superior. I did not know that, thanks.

      That explains a lot.

      • Christopher Lake

        Keddaw,

        The New Testament, as the collection of books that we now have, came to us from the Church– *not* vice versa. Catholics don’t pit the Christ and the Bible against the Church. It was the Church that preserved the Bible. St. Jerome translated the Bible into Latin, in the 4th century, because Latin was the common tongue of Christians in the Roman Empire, and the Church wanted Christians to be able to read the Bible.

        Now, private, individual *interpretation* of the Bible is another matter– and it is what has led to the cacophony of disagreement and division within Protestantism today. Christ founded a Church, and He ordained and sent out leaders for that Church– the apostles. Before those leaders died, they appointed successors, and apostolic succession continues today in the Catholic Church. See the Gospel of John, chapter 20, verses 19-23 and 2 Thessalonians, chapter 2, verse 15, for a start.

  • Catherine

    From a revert to a convert: Welcome home. You will encounter saints and haters in this family : revere the formers and forgive the latters ;) God bless!

    • Victor

      Catherine! That’s what makes “IT” so easy for us, these Christians always find “IT” in their heart to forgive U>S (usual sinners)! :(

      That’s cause deep down inside, all of humanity love ya sinner vic! :)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZQRSuLHWI8

      Peace

  • Luis Andrey Solano Sancho

    Que alegría!…saludos desde Costa Rica. Que Dios te bendiga, guarde e ilumine siempre. Me encomiendo a tus oraciones ya que me presentarán al Seminario Introductorio de mi país, aspirando si es la voluntad de Dios al sacerdocio.

  • http://www.thecatholicbeat.com Gail Finke

    Welcome to the family! St. Augustine is an old friend of mine too.

  • Josh Lyman

    Given the amount of intellectual reasoning, and evidence you have shown to support your conversion to an organisation that actively works to deny people basic human rights, I think it would have been fitting for you to have chosen the name of an apologist whose actual apologetics and arguments have similarly been “lost” to time.

  • filiusdextris

    I’m glad you’ve joined the body of Christ. I love to see your joy! May God bless all your spiritual endeavors! (I’m also a convert who chose Augustine…)

  • Eugene Yeo

    Welcome Home, sister. You were missed.

  • Stefano

    Welcome back home.
    May God bless you for your entire life and beyond

  • Marco

    Our beloved sister Leah, God bless you, yours and your life.

  • http://none the boy

    Congratulations Leah and may God richly bless you in your walk with Him.

  • Kewois

    Hi Leah.

    congratulations!

    Now, what about all that questions, or at least some of them I asked and you say you were asking and researching about them,,,,,, well… any answers??

    What about the bisexual condition? It a severe disorder or not?
    The evil facts in the old testament?
    etc..

    Do you believe in Transubstantiation?? any proof? Just faith?

    If you answer some in other place, please tell me where?

    Thank you

    Kewois

    • savvy

      I am going to answer your previous comments here.

      “But the institution is claiming special insight from the creator of the universe, the ultimate source of morality, in order to set that standard. If they cannot get something as simple as slavery or child abuse correct then I would suggest they really, really don’t have special insight from the ultimate source of morality and we should be seeking our own reasons to be moral and discover what moral actually is.”

      You are confusing the standard with the failure to live up to it. The Thing is the church does not claim to be perfect, never has. You might want to try this book.

      http://archives.nd.edu/episodes/visitors/rhb/bensonp.htm

      “I’m pretty sure you can accuse people of violating their own standards even if you believe those standards to be stupid or wrong (e.g. anti-gay Evangelists having homosexual trysts or the Catholic Church claiming to be pro-science while performing exorcisms and ‘verifying’ miracles to canonize 55 saints since 1950). Try to get the direction of the hypocrisy right here”

      Yes, hypocrites we all are, self diagnoses is the key. The church does have a very precise system of determining if these things are credible or not. You might want to check this book out.

      http://www.us.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/ReligionTheology/HistoryofChristianity/Modern/?view=usa&ci=9780195336504

      God Bless

  • carlos carrasco

    muchas felicidades, tanti auguri, congratulations. May you show all the world the joy and peace of the catholic faith. I’ll pray for you

  • http://unequallyyolked John Florio

    Leah, Congratulations and God bless you! Welcome to our family, sister. Be assured of my continued prayers on your faith journey.

    Deacon John

  • Nathália

    Vi a notícia do seu batismo na página da Catholic News Agency em português e fiquei imensamente agradecida a Deus pela sua conversão e que o seu blog possa ser um meio de Evangelização e de levar a Cristo às pessoas que tanto necessitam!

  • Milagros

    I am so happy for you!! ..Congratulation and Welcome to the Catholic Church ;)..God and Mary and Saint Augustine guide you always..Many Blessings for you :)

  • http://www.tridiacriacao.com Renato Uirá

    Congratulations! Parabéns!
    God bless, and the Holy Mary guide you to Heaven, that is her son.

    I’m brazilian and your brother in Christ. Thank you for your example.

    Sincerely,
    Renato Uirá.

  • Stefano

    Quien Como Dios?
    Bienvenida a casa Leah!!, espero que Dios te colme de muchas bendiciones al igual que la Virgencita
    Se Santa!, nuestra vocacion universal es la santidad :), ahora mas que nunca ahora es cuando mas estamos de crisis, pues ahi crisis de Santos.
    Te tendre en mis oraciones
    Att: Stefano C; Ecuador – Gye
    Nadie Como Dios!

  • Ricardo Carvajal

    Hi I am from Costa Rica and I´m very happy. I have a new sister in the faith Welcome

  • Daniel

    Most likely I’ll choose Saint Augustine as my confirmation saint, since “Confessions” helped me A LOT and we have a lot in common. God bless you and your journey, Leah!

    • leahlibresco

      Yay! I’m glad we’ll be praying together.

  • http://theperkypilgrim.wordpress.com Dylana Skye

    I am choosing Jehanne d’Arc because my worst virtues are silence and fortitude. I confirm on Divine Mercy Sunday 2013 in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. EEEPPP!! I am so excited to be “named” Jehanne-Marie! Augustine is a good friend though. My mother’s confirmation saint. We were together received into the Church on the Easter Vigil of 1999. I was baptized. She received the other two sacraments of initiation. This truly makes my heart happy. I pray that this will prove to at least one person that faith cannot be separated from reason.

    FIDES ET RATIO!

    St. Jehanne d’Arc, priez pour nous!
    St. Augustine, ora pro nobis!
    St. Catherine of Alexandra, ora pro nobis!
    All ye holy saints and angels of God, ora pro nobis!

  • Paula mattos

    Evelyn Waugh described it beautifully in Brideshead Revisited – a twitch upon the thread

  • Fabiano

    Congratulations! Parabéns!
    Welcome home. May God bless you and Mary protect you with her virginal mantle.
    Your new brother in Christ from Brazil.
    Fabiano
    UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS

  • Anelize Luz

    Parabéns Leah!Que Deus a abençoe muito e te mantenha nesse caminho de fé,que é maravilhoso!Seja bem vinda a essa grande família de Deus!

  • edivaldo

    Parabens pela escolha e condução divina, realmente Santo Agostinho é o caminho de encontro a Deus, Benvindo a nossa casa, és herdeira de bens incalculáveis.
    Edivaldo F. dos Reis (seminarista)
    Apucarana – Brazil

  • Benjamin

    Congratulations on your conversion Leah. It’s great to see people striving vigorously for the truth.

    I have a question of an historic nature, though.

    Is there good historical records confirming St. Catherine’s existence? I ask because this story sound an awful lot like a Christinized version of Hypatia.

    I would imagine that the daughter of a king converting to christianity and the going before the roman emperor would be a big deal, but I haven’t seemed to find this story in any contemporary sources (talked about by church fathers who were contemporaneous of maxentius, for example).

    However, as there are no doubt very gifted scholars in catholic history on this site, I’m sure I’ll get a satisfying answer.

    Best wishes

    (and my confirmation Saint was Maximillian Kolbe. I can’t even type those words without feeling a shudder the man was such a Saint if there ever was a Saint).

  • Michael

    I was raised in the Catholic Church, and confirmed as a teenager in the usual manner. I chose Peter. I don’t really remember why, something about him being the Rock or some other teenage vanity like that.

    Became an atheist in college, and spent most of my 20s as a hardcore atheist.

    Finding my way back to religion. Not quite a churchgoer again. But I find Peter surprisingly apt. Probably the the hardest thing about accepting Christianity again would be having to profess it, having to tell those around me I’m a Christian. It was Peter who denied Christ 3 times, merely out of fear of what the others would think. And that is me. It’s still me, Lord help me, Peter pray for me.

    Congratulations on finding your way to God. I hope to reach Him someday too.

    • grok

      Michael,
      St. Peter is surely praying for you. I am praying for you also. Remember we all have limited time in this world. Advent is a great time to take small steps towards refinding your relationship with God.
      From “When Harry met Sally”
      “And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”
      cheers,
      grok

  • Joseph

    Congratulations!!!! :D

  • RSVS

    Look at the amazing stained glass light reflecting on this beautiful soul. What a grace filled happy moment for the Holy Spirit and Our Lady…just crushed your serpent head Satan! She used to believe in nothing, now she believes in the Truth and her soul is back with her Creator!

  • http://adultonsetatheist.blogspot.com/ Adult Onset Atheist

    Wonderful, and congradulations. The only thing left to complete this would be a June wedding. Any plans yet?

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