Posted in Catholicism, Lent, linkups, Uncategorized, tagged Catholic, Catholicism, confession, faith, guilt, Lent, Penance, reconciliation, Sacrament on March 21, 2017|
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So today’s post is brought to you courtesy of the Catholic Women’s Blogger Network. It’s part of our monthly blog hop and I totally would not be writing it if it weren’t.
Because here’s where I peek out from under my somewhat ill-fitting Catholic blogger hat and admit that my true feelings about Confession are a mixture of guilt and discomfort. I hate that but it’s the truth.
I wrote the whole story here if you want to read it. When did I write it? A little over four years ago, which is the last time I went to Confession.
I can’t tell you how I long for the days when we were marched regularly into the cafeteria of St. Joseph School, with no advance warning or choice in the matter, and told that we were going to confession in the dark little closet where Father Henkel waited. I’d stand in a red plaid line, leaning against the radiator for warmth and secretly wondering about how long certain people were taking. Before I knew it I was all finished, back on the hard wooden kneeler saying two Our Fathers and one Hail Mary, and my soul was white as snow.
Clearly this is the Lent of hard things for me with lessons to be learned, and if I am really paying attention it would seem that this is one of them. Will I go to our parish’s upcoming Lenten penance service and find a friendly priest in the basement to hear my uncomfortable and unprofessional recitation of sins? Only time will tell.
To read more reflections on the Sacrament of Confession, click the image below.
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Posted in book review, books, Catholicism, Uncategorized, tagged book, book review, Catholic, John Grissom, Page Zaplendam, The Egyptian Elixir, The Order of the Blood, vampire, Van Helsing on February 14, 2017|
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You might remember a little over a year ago when I reviewed–very favorably–Page Zaplendam’s Order of the Blood. I encourage you to click over and read my first review, which also includes an interview with the author.
I enjoyed this far from typical vampire novel very much and so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read an advance copy of the sequel, The Egyptian Elixir. I was provided with a free copy in exchange for my honest review.
From the book jacket: When John Grissom and Van Helsing find themselves witnesses to an assassination attempt on the Marquis of Wellesley, they discover London’s most notorious purveyor of stolen goods at the bottom of it. But his ability to influence people is odd to say the least. The vampire and the hunter investigate, but the Egyptian elixir may prove the undoing of them both.
John Grissom is a Catholic, and doctor, and a gentleman, who also happens to be a vampire. Van Helsing (not THAT one, but rather his ancestor) is a vampire hunter. They form an unlikely crime-fighting duo in Regency-era England. Throw in some English aristocrats, a dimwitted giant, and a mysterious Egyptian pharmacist and you’ve got a fast-moving and engaging tale.
I don’t want to give away too much, but I will say that what I enjoyed the most about this installment of the Unofficial Chronicles was the budding friendship between Van Helsing and Grissom. Henrietta Isherwood, Grissom’s erstwhile assistant and potential love interest, is physically absent from this installment but obviously remains on Grissom’s mind. She returns in the next book but her absence here allows the author to focus on the “bromance,” a good choice for this volume.
Now THIS is exciting. To celebrate the release of the new book, you can get a free Kindle edition of Order of the Blood right here. After you read it I promise you will want to buy the new book, which is available at a very reasonable price here.
If you want to learn more about Page’s work, and keep an eye out for her future stories (hint: there’s another book coming soon!), you can find her website here.
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Posted in Abortion, Catholicism, Deep Thoughts, Politics, tagged Cafeteria Catholic, Catholic, Church, conscience, Democrat, Election2016, Facebook, Politics, Republican, unfriending, voting on November 2, 2016|
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Twelve years ago, dismayed at all the misunderstandings and hatefulness I was seeing among Catholics over the Presidential election, I decided to write a column about it for the East Tennessee Catholic. I thought I could dispel those misunderstandings and the hatefulness would cease.
Boy, was I wrong, wrong, wrong.
I was on bed rest (Lorelei was born just after Election Day) when the reactions to that well-intentioned column started coming in, but if I hadn’t been I might have taken to my bed anyway. And if I had seen where we we’d find ourselves twelve years down the road, I might have never gotten up again.
Already today I’ve received tweets hashtagged hypocrite, babykiller, and cafeteriaCatholic. It’s just another day in an election season during which I’ve been unfriended by an actual family member, deemed excommunicated by the friend of a friend, and attacked in a public Facebook post by someone I thought was a friend, all because I shared political articles that they didn’t agree with.
Rarely do I say anything about what my friends post on their own Facebook walls–with the rare exception being to offer a Snopes link to correct a blatant untruth. I have never unfriended someone because I disagreed with their views. I welcome respectful discussion and try to learn from others and to at least understand why they believe what they do.
I’m a bad Catholic, of course. I fall short on an hourly basis. But I’m NOT a cafeteria Catholic. Ask anyone who knows me and pore over every word I’ve written and try to find an example of any time I have EVER dissented from Church teaching. You’ll need more than good luck and a magnifying glass because you won’t find anything.
The friend who attacked me on Facebook accused me of being a “Democrat down to my toes.” I’ll write more about party affiliation another time, perhaps, but what I am down to my toes is CATHOLIC. That’s my core, that’s my worldview, and EVERYTHING I believe and the way I try to live my life–including my political life–springs from that.
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Maybe I should say Monday Snippets since I’m only just now getting around to writing it, but that doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, does it? Anyway, it’s a weekly linkup of a group of Catholic bloggers hosted by RAnn, and even though lately my content is more catholic than Catholic, I like to join in!
Question of the Week: Do you have any suggestions regarding the Rosary? Books? Audios? Ways to pray it?
There is a Rosary prayer garden on the grounds of All Saints Church, where Lorelei and I go to Mass every Wednesday morning. I haven’t said the Rosary there, but it’s a thought, especially since she and I will be studying all twenty mysteries later this year.
As you might notice above, there’s no rosary shortage around here! I’d like to be that person who says it every day, but so far I have failed at all my attempts at formal prayer.
Anyway, on to the posts for this week!
Last Sunday I participated in the My Sunday Photo link up.
Then I wrote a post about last Saturday’s walk in the Urban Wilderness.
I ended with another graveyard post. And there are many more to come whenever I find the time.
Thanks for reading, and check out the other bloggers in the link up above.
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