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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.
My request as a Muslim & fellow human:
The New Zealand terrorists live streamed their terrorist attack with specific hopes you watch it & share it.
Do Not Give Them A Platform.
Suffocate their hate. Suffocate their hate. Suffocate their hate.
"Every kind of imperfection in fact always comes from a want of effort, energy, and fervor in the spiritual life. It is always selfishness which, in one way or another, takes something away from God to satisfy the ego. We are too calculating, afraid of giving too much, and so selfishness clips our wings and keeps us from reaching full union with God."
"Always be fearful if you do not feel sorry for the faults you commit, for even venial sin ought to fill you with sorrow to the very depths of your soul.... For the love of God, take care not to commit any deliberate venial sin, even the smallest.... And can anything be small if it offends God?" - St. Teresa of Jesus
This doesn't relate directly to my situation, but it's still a message I needed to hear: https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2019/03/12/whats-wrong-celebrating-sin-public
"Help me to share, as you did, the perfect obedience of Jesus, who came not to do His Will, but the Will of His Father; to trust in the Providence of God, knowing that if I do His Will, He will provide for all my needs of soul and body; to be calm in my trials and to leave it to our Lord to free me from them when it pleases Him to do so."
That's from the St. Joseph novena I'm following, and honestly there's no reason I shouldn't pray that every single day.
Today's head-bashing link: https://afkimel.wordpress.com/2019/03/11/finding-the-god-who-is-love-2/
"All the insult and injury we do in sinning is to ourselves alone, not to God. We speak of God forgiving us because he comes to us to save us from ourselves, to restore us after we have injured ourselves, to redeem and re-create us." - Fr. Herbert McCabe
St. Joseph doesn't mess around. Since starting his novena I've been hit over the head every single day.
I've been praying mostly for wisdom to know what to do about an odd situation that's causing me a lot of emotional anguish, and then today I get slapped in the face with these:
Novenas so far this year: St. Margaret of Antioch, St. Thomas Aquinas, Our Lady Undoer of Knots, and St. Joseph (just started yesterday). Those are the ones I remember, anyway.
Yes, I'm in a bit of a crisis right now, but I've promised not to make any rash decisions, and so I'm going to spend a few months rallying all the help I can get, in the form of chaining together ALL the novenas.
Think about how many times in a day on the Web you click “I agree” when you really don’t agree just so you can get on with your day and use an everyday thing.
This is not how consent is supposed to work.
Catholic convert (2012), wife, cantor, mantilla-wearer, huge nerd.
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