Discussing Conversion with Rebecca Cherico

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This past Friday, I had the pleasure of being a guest on Rebecca Cherico's radio program "Conversion Keeps Happening" on Radio Maria.  Rebecca is the editor of Atheist to Catholic: 11 Stories of Conversion, so you can probably guess the topic of our interview.   You can listen to the conversation here.   The focus is on my conversion story, but, as most of you can probably guess, we manage to take a number of semi-on-topic excursions to discuss the Yale Political Union, … [Read more...]

Why I Am Catholic…

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Patheos asked bloggers to give 200 word apologiai for their faith, so, here's my very brief attempt at why, given theism, I went with Catholicism: From Paul's original cry that "If he be not raised... your faith is in vain" to Flannery O'Connor's "Well, if [the Eucharist]'s a symbol, to hell with it!" Catholicism has resisted Invisible Dragon in the Garage Syndrome fairly well.  It’s not a religion that doesn't mind what people think, as long as they all get along  -- it's … [Read more...]

Famine in a Time of Feasting

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This past weekend was the one year anniversary of my conversion (well, according to the liturgical year, anyway). I changed my mind in the night between plain old Saturday and Palm Sunday. And, as one friend joked, this meant I got to skip Lent and come in right during Holy Week. But one of the things I felt most acutely during my attendance at Triduum services that week was a sense of distance. It was one thing to not participate in the liturgy as an atheist, but if the Eucharist was … [Read more...]

The Inspector Javert Medley [Sequence Index]

Isn't moral conviction dreamy?

I may not have drawn little hearts in my middle school notebooks labelled "Leah + Inspector Javert" but I've loved him far too much since the first time I saw Les Miserables.  (And, this year, I immediately dibsed his part when organizing a Les Mis flashmob).  But some of the things I've loved most about the adamant Inspector are the things I've had to set aside in order to be a Christian.  So, to mark the occasion of the movie's release, I wrote three meditations on … [Read more...]

Javert: No Quarter Asked or Given

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I first saw Les Miserables when I was in middle school, I think, and I was on the edge of my seat from the opening number.  But the moment that transfixed me was Javert's joyous "Stars."  I was in love. There was nothing I wanted so much as to be like that man, ramrod-straight, inviolate, and wholly consecrated to duty.  In fact, when informed of my conversion, one friend, initially puzzled, said, "Well, I guess you've always been a bit of an absolutist."  But my Javertian … [Read more...]

For C.S. Lewis, Deo Gratias!

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Patheos invited religious bloggers to share stories about people we're thankful for who've supported us in our faith.  Technically, they asked us to do this for Thanksgiving, but as I was late to the faith, it's thematically appropriate that I be late to the prompt as well. I turned out to be embarrassingly easy to snare. When I was coming out of Commons (the big dining hall on campus), Yale Students for Christ were tabling outside, and they'd put up a sign reading FREE BOOKS.  I … [Read more...]

Singing my way to the Sacraments [Index]

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In the run-up to my reception into the Catholic Church, I tried to talk a little about the process of conversion and the Christian faith in the language I'm most fluent in: the lyrics of Broadway musicals. “Reach out your hand, and see what it gets you” - The song is from Stephen Sondheim's Anyone Can Whistle, and the Gospel reading is from one of the Scrutiny masses in Lent.  I'm contrasting Bartimaeus, the man born blind, with Nurse Fay Apple from the show.  Both make themselves … [Read more...]


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