You're Just Like Me

The ramblings of an (almost) lunatic.

Anyone have any good theology books they recommend?

I’ve been slacking in my spiritual life lately (skipping mass, going to adoration angry, in general not feeling super close to God) and I need to get back on the wagon. I didn’t realize how bad it had gotten until I went out for dinner with a Catholic friend and when she asked me to contribute to saying grace and it hit me that I have not been praying well for a while. Sooooo any suggestions? I’m looking into Bonhoeffer, but I know he’s very evangelical and I’m not sure I’ll be 100% into him.  

Does anyone out there have any experience with the Haley House/Catholic Workers? I’ve been considering to apply to live in the community for about a year but I’m still a little hesitant and would love a first hand account from someone.

Surprisingly, my really conservative Catholic friend posted this on facebook and asked people for their responses. Even more surprisingly, a lot of my other really conservative Catholic friends have positive things to say about it and are currently in a really nice discussion (which is also surprising bc really nice discussions don’t really happen on fb). 

This is a good start to my morning. 

Also I love any Catholic who isn’t obsessed with TOB so she gets bonus points for that section. 

Sometimes I forget about how awesome Helen Alvare is as a positive model of Catholic womenhood that doesn’t demand submissiveness but demands respect and then I watch her debate and am so happy inside.

At SEEK there was so much sexism and misogyny, especially from women speakers, and it killed me inside and I wanted to kill everyone and then Helen spoke and my faith in humanity and Catholicism was restored.

I received on the tongue for the first time today and it was good but I’m also not sure how far I’m supposed to stick out my tongue and I’m pretty sure I looked ridiculous. But it was good.

The Shrine of St. Anne de Beaupre, Quebec

Pope candidate-ing

I’ve decided I like Luis Tagle, Angelo Bagnasco, and Peter Turkson. And of course Cardinal Sean but I’m pretty sure that’s not gonna happen soooooooo. 

But seriously. Look at Cardinal Tagle. How could you not want this man to be pope. 


“Surely God is my salvation;
I will trust, and will not be afraid,
for the Lord God is my strength and my might;
he has become my salvation.”
Isaiah 12:2
“It is not by sidestepping or fleeing from suffering that we are healed, but rather by our capacity for accepting it, maturing through it and finding meaning through union with Christ, who suffered with infinite love.”
Pope Benedict XVI

Something I constantly notice is that unembarrassed joy has become rarer. Joy today is increasingly saddled with moral and ideological burdens, so to speak. When someone rejoices, he is afraid of offending against solidarity with the many people who suffer. I don’t have any right to rejoice, people think, in a world where there is so much misery, so much injustice.

I can understand that. There is a moral attitude at work here. But this attitude is nonetheless wrong. The loss of joy does not make the world better - and, conversely, refusing joy for the sake of suffering does not help those who suffer. The contrary is true. The world needs people who discover the good, who rejoice in it and thereby derive the impetus and courage to do good. Joy, then, does not break with solidarity. When it is the right kind of joy, when it is not egotistic, when it comes from the perception of the good, then it wants to communicate itself, and it gets passed on. In this connection, it always strikes me that in the poor neighborhoods of, say, South America, one sees many more laughing happy people than among us. Obviously, despite all their misery, they still have the perception of the good to which they cling and in which they can find encouragement and strength.

In this sense we have a new need for that primordial trust which ultimately only faith can give. That the world is basically good, that God is there and is good. That it is good to live and to be a human being. This results, then, in the courage to rejoice, which in turn becomes commitment to making sure that other people, too, can rejoice and receive good news.

Pope Benedict XVI

Pretty much the definition of being Catholic

“For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.”
Ephesians 2: 14 - 16

This was the retreat song on the winter retreat my junior year of high school. I can’t believe it was four years ago…

(Source: Spotify)

So Pilate said to him, “Then you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say I am a king. For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” 
John 18:37

“Over a sketch made idly to amuse a child, an artist may not take much trouble: he may be content to let it go even though it is not exactly as he meant it to be. But over the greatest picture of his life - the work which he loves, though in a different fashion, as intensely as a man loves a woman or a mother a child - he would take endless trouble - and would, doubtless, thereby give endless trouble to the picture if it were sentient. One can imagine a sentient picture, after being rubbed and scraped and recommenced for the tenth time, wishing that it were only a thumbnail sketch whose making was over in a minute. In the same way, it is natural for us to wish that God had designed us for a less glorious and less arduous destiny, but then we are wishing not for more love but for less.”
C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
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