September 27, 2021

  Recently former Christian music artist Audrey Assad gave an interview to NCR regarding why she left the Catholic Church. And it resonated. It resonated hard. I fell in love with Audrey Assad’s music when I was in high school. I met her after a concert when I was 15, and I still have the picture I took with her (above), in which my smile is too wide, showing just how excited I was. I have prayed with her music… Read more

June 7, 2021

Last Sunday I went with my mom and a friend to see the movie Cruella. I really enjoyed it, but what struck me most was her descent into madness, because I found it so relatable. As she rises out of the madness, she says to her closest friend, “I went a bit mad. I’m sorry.” Let me repeat her words to you, readers. I went more than a bit mad. I’m truly sorry. Last summer I experienced my first bipolar manic… Read more

September 11, 2020

Source: Louis for *author’s note: I wrote this in the middle of May of this year but have waited until I was ready to share.* TRIGGER WARNING: child abuse, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, suicidal ideation, self-harm, family estrangement There’s something that’s been brewing in my mind for these last few coronavirus months that I finally feel that I can share with a wider audience. As many of my close friends know, I’ve maintained a state of “no contact” with… Read more

September 4, 2020

Source: Being.the.traveller for In the third post on my series about non-European saints, I present saints from the continent of Asia. (You can find the other two here: American saints and African saints.) The history of Christianity in this part of the world is an interesting one as some areas, such as India, contain Catholic communities centuries older than those in the America’s. However, there are also Asian and Oceanic countries whose Catholic communities are primarily made up of… Read more

August 31, 2020

Source: Bintu Malu for “The only refuge of a Christian is courage” – Father Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi I’ve been thinking about this quote from Father Cyprian a lot lately. With the pandemic, so much racial violence, and the nasty political campaigns, it would be nice to have a refuge, a place to hide until it all blows over. Isn’t that what we all want in this disaster of a year? But, I don’t think that’s what Father Cyprian… Read more

August 20, 2020

Image by Pok Rie for This week, readers and friends sent more than $300 my way. That money has been dispensed to the homeless I found in Pittsburgh and elsewhere; to two women in Kenya who have young children and who were displaced due to poverty and flooding, and lastly to a priest in India who is trying to keep his parish healthy and their hopes up despite the terrifying Covid-19 rates there. Thank you. I wanted to provide… Read more

August 12, 2020

Starting a nonprofit for those who need The Shoeless Banshee is in the process of growing into a nonprofit, and we need everything—kindness, clothes, food, lodging, and money—to provide for the beloved refugees we keep collecting and reimburse our interns and friends for their time and goodness: Since I began writing openly 2 years ago about being a survivor of Catholic domestic violence, I’ve heard regularly from family, relatives, and strangers who read my truth and felt compelled to share… Read more

August 6, 2020

Hi there! I’m Veronica, the newest contributor to The Shoeless Banshee blog.  I’ve guest blogged several times and was recently invited to join the honored ranks of Jenn and Marie. I’m very humbled and hope that what I share is helpful to others, both fellow Catholics and all other brothers and sisters.  To begin, I wanted to share something that’s been on my mind for quite a while: I think it’s very important to change the conversation regarding Catholics “status”—… Read more

July 22, 2020

Psychological Trigger Warning: abuse, domestic violence, PTSD, victim-blaming PSA from a chronic-abuse and -trauma survivor (to Catholics and to everyone else): If you are any sort of therapist, spiritual director, confessor, or serve in any pastoral role (including that of friend, teacher, sports coach, college professor, etc.) that interacts with romantic, sexual, or married couples (or their children), please please PLEASE educate yourself on the topic of domestic violence, abuse, and trauma before your next appointment/confession/coffee date/sporting event. Your client/spiritual child/friend’s… Read more

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