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My goal is to try to respond to all negativity with love

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I think I'm just a smidge bitter about things

It’s been a year and I still strongly believe this. Perhaps even more strongly than last year.

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When I was really little my mom would always say “if you’re bad you’ll go to heck” because she didn’t want me to say hell

I was reading St Bernadette’s autobiography today at the recommendation of my priest to read the biographies of saints. I wasn’t sure about how that was supposed to make me feel closer to God but I tried it anyway.

I’m really glad I chose the little flower herself since she’s (relatively) modern and I can relate to her more on a human level.

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I have a personal relationship with various service providers, neighbors, friends, and even a few people I don't like much.

I have an intimate relationship with far fewer people that I love dearly.

Faithful Catholics know what our Protestant friends mean when the ask about the former, but think of our relationship as the later -- intimate, loving, respectful -- and uniquely, adoring. Thinking of our relationship with the person of Jesus Christ as just a "personal relationship" seems somewhat common and distant.

Simply Catholic has a good piece by Karen Edmisten on this point:

simplycatholic.com/a-personal-

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I read an article today about Leo Tolstoy and how he suggested when you’re having a crisis in faith to continue going through the motions in order to better facilitate the return of your faith.

This wasn’t my usual sort of article but I’m glad to have read it anyway

biologos.org/articles/struggli

I find it really hard to listen to other Catholics when they struggle with their faith. I know it’s not fair because those same people are my friends and loved ones and I’m certain they would listen to me if I was having troubles with my own faith.

I absolutely cannot stand acoustic guitars

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The Problem With Being Cool About Sex - Half a century after the sexual revolution, a new generation of feminists understands that we still haven’t reconciled what we should want with what we do want. theatlantic.com/magazine/archi

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