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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.
Every year or so I retake a temperament quiz (like the one at https://www.temperamentquiz.com for example), thinking something will change. In reality all it does is tell me I'm either melancholic-choleric or choleric-melancholic, depending on how impatient I am that day.
So I guess it must be fairly accurate, no?
"I will think of this new year as a white page given to me by Your Father, on which He will write, day by day, whatever His divine good pleasure has planned. I shall now write at the top of the page, with complete confidence: Domine, fac de me sicut vis, Lord, do with me what You will, and at the bottom I already write my Amen to all the proposals of Your divine will. Yes Lord, yes to all the joys, the sorrows, the graces, the hardships prepared for me, which You will reveal to me day by day. Grant that my Amen may be the Paschal Amen, always followed by the Alleluia, uttered wholeheartedly, in the joy of a complete gift. Give me Your love and Your grace, and I shall be rich enough."
- Sr. Carmela of the Holy Spirit, OCD
"[W]e shall be established forever in the degree of love which we have reached now, in time. If we have attained a high degree of love, we shall be fixed forever in that degree of love and glory; if we possess only a slight degree, that is all we shall have throughout eternity. No further progress will be possible when time has ended."
Ouch. That is the scariest thing I have read in awhile.
I'm a bit of a Bible collector...
As has become tradition, I've gone over to http://www.saintsnamegenerator.com and asked the RNG to give me a saint to focus on this year.
I got St. Margaret of Antioch. For crying out loud. I mean, I do pray before clicking, that I'll get someone who can help me get where I need to be, but it's never been quite this on-the-nose before.
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Advent and Christmas can be a form of grueling torture for those who are, by no fault or desire of their own, without children.
In previous years, I had been able to distract myself enough with work that it wasn't a big deal, but this year... not so much. Meltdowns whenever pregnancy was mentioned in the homily (which was pretty much every week). Meltdowns after seeing any child under the age of 5 (I did manage to hold it together in front of them/their parents). Meltdowns anytime I was left alone with my thoughts.
And it's not over yet. We have family stuff yet to come wherein there will be small children included. I just hope I can breathe again soon.
Catholic convert (2012), wife, cantor, mantilla-wearer, huge nerd.
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