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I became Catholic in 2012, after having resisted for over a decade. I'm a philosophy nerd, a science/technology nerd, an early music lover, a soprano, a bassoonist, an artist, and a writer. Not necessarily in that order.

I would have continued resisting Catholicism as an option if not for my husband, who refused to marry me if I wouldn't at least consider it.

We don't have any children, and this isn't anyone's fault. We may have considered adoption if we weren't mired in the care of elderly relatives, which consumes a good deal of our time and energy.

I don't always think to tell people things about myself, but I'm always willing to answer questions people ask about me.

More being called out: "she shall be saved in childbearing" from 1 Timothy 2:15.

I really don't understand. I did everything as well as I could. I did everything I was told to do. I *wanted* to get married young and have lots of children. Every man I met thought I was crazy for wanting this. I don't see how it could possibly be my fault that it didn't happen for me.

Every time I read Vespers in the Little Office of the BVM I feel called out.

"[The Lord, w]ho maketh the barren woman to dwell in her house, the joyful mother of children."


"Lo, children are an heritage from the Lord, and the fruit of the womb a reward."

I'll be 40 next April.

"Christian fellowship is not just about having a friend who happens to be Catholic. It is also much more than being surrounded by mere 'fans' of the Catholic Faith - people outwardly orthodox and excited but not inwardly striving for virtue and sanctity. It's about having others beside you who are running after Christ as a disciple like you are." - Dr. Edward Sri

This is what's distinctly lacking in my life.

I've never been able to get into praying the Rosary, but I have been praying as many novenas as humanly possible, sometimes as many as 5 at a time, using the Pray Novenas app on my phone. I wonder what the deal is with that.

People say spiritual motherhood is not a consolation prize, but anything, regardless of its own merits, is a consolation prize if you receive it instead of what you really wanted.

Controversial opinion: Having sung both songs back-to-back just now at choir rehearsal (and we're singing both on Sunday), Lift Every Voice would be a much better national anthem than The Star-Spangled Banner. Not even because it's less problematic in general (check out the stanzas nobody ever sings -- yikes) but because it's way easier to sing and the tune was actually written by an American.

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I still haven't been to Mass since March. What with the streaming at the Episcopal church where I work, I could only go on Saturday afternoon, and the local bishop and parish are both discouraging the reception of Communion on the tongue, and we are still dispensed anyway.

I don't know why, but I just don't feel safe receiving in my hand from an Extraordinary Minister. And the only place I am 100% sure that wouldn't happen (because that never happens at a TLM) is an hour drive away and their Mass times overlap with the times I have to be at the Episcopal church.

They're having an Ordinariate Mass on July 5, though, in the afternoon. I'm going to do everything I can to make sure I can be there.

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I needed to hear this as well:

"In vain ye rise before the light: rise not till ye have rested, O ye that eat the bread of sorrow." (from Psalm 126)

I've started praying the Little Office this week, and this right here is all kinds of appropriate about now:

"O Lord, deliver my soul from wicked lips: and from a deceitful tongue.
What can be given to thee, or what can be superadded to thee: unto a deceitful tongue?
Sharp arrows of the mighty one: with desolating coals.
Woe is me, that my sojourning is prolonged!" Ps. 119 I think? I am not that great at Roman numerals. Douay-Rheims for sure, so the number may be off by one anyway.

The missal belonged to an N. Deniau, listed there as the Vicar:

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So I bought a couple of old Latin books (a missal and a prayer book) from France on Etsy, and there have been some interesting inserts. This one I'm not sure I understand, though.

I've been working on my Latin again, for no particular reason - I've just been inspired to do so.

This mood doesn't normally last terribly long, so we'll see how it goes.

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