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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.
"Judgment will come. And what bliss will flood the faithful soul when it at last meets Jesus and can contemplate him in all his goodness - when it sees the smile on the face of this Savior it has sought and loved! This will be like the meeting of a son with a much-loved father whom he has yearned to see. It will be the long-awaited embrace of friend with Friend. It will be a moment of indescribable joy."
- Blessed James Alberione
Lord Jesus Christ,
who on the cross called the penitent thief into your kingdom,
in faith and trust and confessing our sins we implore your mercy,
that after our death
you will lead us rejoicing through the gates of paradise.
You live and reign for ever and ever.
Taking "death" not as dead to this life but to the daily experience of suffering (like today's Sorrowful mysteries of the Rosary), thank Jesus for taking us with you.
"O Christ, let my greatest delight be to see you loved and your praise and glory proclaimed, especially the honor of your mercy.
"O Christ, let me glorify your goodness and mercy to the last moment of my life, with every drop of my blood and every beat of my heart.
"Would that I be transformed into a hymn of adoration of you.
When I find myself on my deathbed, may the last beat of my heart be a loving hymn glorifying your unfathomable mercy."
- St. Faustina Kowalska
"What is Christ but the death of the body, the breath of life? And so let us die with him, so that we may live with him. Let there be in us a daily practice and inclination to dying. By this separation from bodily desires ... our soul will learn to withdraw itself and to be 'placed on high' where earthly lusts cannot approach and attach themselves. Our soul takes the likeness of death upon herself so she may not incur the penalty of death."
- St. Ambrose of Milan
So I bought the Memento Mori prayer book (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/081985008X/) and I'm reading through it now, and... quotes incoming.
"The most basic Christian gesture in prayer is and always will be the sign of the cross. By signing ourselves we place ourselves under the protection of the cross; we hold it in front of us like a shield that will guard us in all the distress of daily life and give us the courge to go on. It is our visible and public Yes to him to who suffered for us."
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
This Sunday I was back at my home church for the first time since Divine Mercy Sunday (Feast of the Assumption notwithstanding), after having had some grave personal conflicts with an employee.
I'm feeling hopeful about an eventual reconciliation, but it will take some time. On the pastor's advice, we haven't spoken since things came to a head between us, and likely will not until he thinks we are both ready to do so, but he also wants us to reconcile, and I think this was a perfect week to begin the process.
Even if I did have to endure "Hosea"...
I wonder how many people get hung up on John 3:16. How many have difficulty -- serious difficulty -- translating God so loved the 'world' to what is actually the very essence of the gospel -- God so loved the 'one.'
That is why they cannot say with certainty "God so loved 'me' that He gave His Son to die."
"To die for 'me.'"
But that's the whole point of the Lost Sheep. And the Lost Coin. And the Lost Son in Luke 15.
God loves you. God searches for you.
"If we ask how we are to become humble we must ask in prayer for the grace of humility and ask sincerely. Then, we must accept humiliations when they come our way. But let us never forget that there is an enormous difference between being humble and being humiliated.
Dom M. Eugene Boylan, O.C. R. (Irish Monk +1964)
Catholic convert, wife, cantor, mantilla-wearer, huge nerd.
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