My Friday Obligation

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The best derogatory term for Catholics is pretty obviously "mackerel-snapper."  (The best derogatory cartoon is the bishops' mitres as alligator jaws one)The slur comes from the Catholic practice of fasting from red meat and poultry on Fridays (and therefore eating fish instead).  In Catholic tradition, every Friday is a little Lent and every Sunday a little Easter, so there should be some remembrance of fasting and feasting as appropriate.  (I should add that every time I explain this, I imm … [Read more...]

For I am a Woman Under Authority

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This weekend, I attended a silent retreat.  The timing of the retreat on Saturday made it a good time to reflect on preparations for Advent (and plenty of other things -- the retreat ran from 9am-6pm, and my friends offline will know it was only by the grace of God that I kept my motormouth from running all that time).  The Advent season is similar to Lent, a time of reflection, purification, and anticipation before a great feast.  So, many Catholics take on Advent fasts the same way they do at L … [Read more...]

7 Quick Book Recommendations

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Tis the season for finding gifts, and how could you possibly do better than books?  Seriously, when I was a little kid, the tooth fairy left money and YA fiction in our beds.  It's hard for me to cull from my list of favorites, so these seven books (plus one bonus recommendation) are all culled from things I read for the first time in 2012.Oh, and don't forget that when you buy books or anything on Amazon through my links, I get a small cut that I turn into more book purchases and r … [Read more...]

“In a world of wondering, suddenly you know”

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About two years ago, long before I converted, a student was working on his performance of "How Glory Goes" in a musical theatre masterclass that I was sitting in.  The song is from the musical Floyd Collins, based on the life of Floyd Collins, a cave explorer from Kentucky who was trapped in a cave and starved to death alone.  (An obvious topic for a musical).  Before the rocks shifted and cut Floyd off from the surface completely, there was a narrow shaft open.  A very slight reporter could shim … [Read more...]

Help me make a hymnal for the Liturgical Party Train

God willing and the creek don't rise, I'll be received into the Catholic Church four weeks from today.  However, it just so happens that the baptism falls on the same weekend as The Game.  That means I'll be taking a night train from Boston to DC with a group of my college friends to make it back in time.Since we'll be traveling together, I thought it might be nice to say Evening Office when we board in Boston and Morning Office when we arrive in DC.  (Those are parts of the Liturgy of the Ho … [Read more...]

“To Be or not To Be” How to frame the question?

I've been doing lectio divina in the Gospel of John, and I found myself paying a lot of attention to the use of the verb "to be."  (I was thinking about the I am that I am answer that God gives to Moses when asked for his name).But then I got a bit distracted by a nerdy translation question: How do people translate Exodus 3:14 ("And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you") into languages that don't inclu … [Read more...]

LARP Your Way to Truth

"It's an unorthodox epistemology, but it just might work!"

Over in the Atheist channel, Bob Seidensticker of Cross Examined is experimenting with prayer.  He's signed up for an experiment run by Justin Brierley of the Unbelievable radio show (which you may remember from the time Hemant and I tangled on air).  The program is asking for atheists to try praying for at least two to three minutes a day for God to reveal Himself to them (if he exists).  After 40 days, the atheists are going to share their experiences and, if applicable, conversions.Bob's a … [Read more...]


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