Posts in category "Becoming Episcopalian"

The dragon on the side of the road

The dragon on the side of the road
I learned about St. Cyril of Jerusalem’s dragon quote yesterday while reading a book, and have been pondering it. If you are unfamiliar with it, here’s what St. Cyril said: But a dragon lies in ambush for the traveler; take care he does not bite you and inject you his poison of unbelief. Seeing this... Read more »

PCOS, NFP, Implanon, and faith

I promise I won’t be too icky with this blog post, but I will be talking about our favorite Aunt Flo. Within the context of faith and healthcare. It’s kind of a memoir-ish post. Consider yourselves warned. I remember worrying that I was the next Virgin Mary whenever my period didn’t come for up to... Read more »

Kicking them while they're down: Haters attacking Rick Warren after his son's suicide

Kicking them while they're down: Haters attacking Rick Warren after his son's suicide
Let me get this straight. I’m not exactly a fan of Rick Warren, his theological and social views, and his ministries. However, that does not and should not impact my own compassion and respect for the Warren family as they grieve. Nor should it yours. That’s why I was pissed when I heard that people... Read more »
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I believe, even though I don't always feel particularly faithful.

In, out. Ebb, flow. Sunrise, sunset. We flower and we fade. Joy. Suspicion. My faith has always cycled, and as I’ve gotten older and talked with other people who believe and read books, it seems that faith cycles are quite common. Even among people who may have grown up with unhealthy, abusive, ugly examples of... Read more »

Dear Pope Francis I

Dear Pope Francis I
Dear Pope Francis I, Congratulations! I’m glad it was a short conclave, and that Catholics all around the world have a pope just in time for all of the Holy Week and Easter-tide activities. Now that you have been elected, I feel like I must share my hopes for Catholicism, going forward. Perhaps you will... Read more »

Lenten Resolution: Take care of myself, as God's loved one

Lenten Resolution: Take care of myself, as God's loved one
I’ve been thinking about what I should do for my Lenten resolution. A friend is giving up Facebook (though I secretly hope she’ll take advantage of the mini-Easter Sundays). I’m sure a number are giving up chocolate or sweets. My brother used to try to give up TV but ended up switching to something else... Read more »
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The Apostle Paul was an asshole

The Apostle Paul was an asshole
Don’t you wish some Bible passages came with disclaimers and warnings? “…And so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be sensible, chaste, domestic, kind, and submissive to their husbands, that the word of God may not be discredited.” Titus 2:4-5* *WARNING: The misuse of this Bible passage could cause husbands... Read more »

Taking down Christmas decorations early

Taking down Christmas decorations early
Every year, I ask myself when I’m going to take the Christmas decorations down. This year, the answer was pretty easy, and I took down all of them today. Except for the lights on our apartment balcony, that is–it’s still too dark out too early, and the lights help. You see, I’m headed off for... Read more »

It's Christmas Eve and I still can't get into the holiday spirit

It's Christmas Eve and I still can't get into the holiday spirit
Just call me an old curmudgeon, but Christmas feels like just another day. I’ve had fleeting moments of awe and joy, where my heart feels warm and my body light…until mortal life pulls it back down and I continue plodding along. The most likely reason is bittersweet memories. Holidays are fraught with triggers for old... Read more »
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Keeping the Mass in Christmas

Keeping the Mass in Christmas
A friend shared an image from the “Catholics Come Home” campaign that told people to keep the Mass in Christmas. It’s a nice play on the overused “Keep Christ in Christmas” rallying cry. For Christmas, go to Mass. Talk about an old tradition, as it’s something generations upon generations have done. (PS, the above image... Read more »