Confessions of a Religious Catholic

Confessions of a Religious Catholic

I have spent most of my life saying, “I’m spiritual, not religious.” As far back as I can remember, I’ve decried the evils of religion, saying it was dead or diseased, and stood in solidarity with others who felt the same. I’ve called religion evil, corrupt, and systems of man that poison the systems of God. I’m beginning to think …

The Boundless Mercy of God

The Boundless Mercy of God

Pope Francis once said that, “God forgives not with a decree but with a caress. … Jesus too goes beyond the law and forgives by caressing the wounds of our sins.”(1) That creates quite an image, doesn’t it? The perfect, holy God of the universe, creator of galaxies and gluons, sees the wounds you have inflicted on yourself, the pain …

Rediscovering God

Rediscovering God

Do you know who God is? Have you personally met Him? If not, it’s time to do so. I once heard a very wise, learned man say that he had spent years digging out who God is so that others wouldn’t have to. What he meant was that he could teach people through his experiences, and that is true and good. But …

Judge Not Yourself

Judge Not Yourself

This week I’ve been pretty hard on me. Can you relate? As an introvert, it is possible that I spend more time inside my own head than some people. And that’s okay. I like it there. I have it decorated just the way I want it. It has my favorite Cthulhu throw rug. A strange ooze drips periodically from the …

The Complete Cancer Diaries

Where is God When We Suffer?

I want to make a very special announcement to you today. If you ever follow my Facebook page, you probably know what I’m going to say. But otherwise, this could potentially come as a complete surprise because I have done a terrible job of getting the news out. Either way, here it is. =) Now. Drum roll please. Starting today …

Taking off the mask

Behind Our Masks

You walk into the party.  The lights are low and dusky, but you can still easily see them: your fellow party-goers.  They mill about, talking, laughing, and you join them.  You’ve spent so much time with them that you know them by name at this point.  They’re your friends.  Your family.  And they are all wearing their masks. Some of …

Bench with sun rising

Why Do You Believe That?

I recently had a very interesting conversation with a young man. We met because he had mocked a belief that I and many others share, so I invited him to talk to me about what his beliefs were on that subject and others. As we talked I learned that he believed that the entire Bible hadn’t happened yet and was …

In the Box

How to Love Democrats

I tricked you.  This post isn’t really about Democrats at all.  It’s about Muslims.  But I couldn’t let that title pass. Also, FYI, the title could just as easily be “How to Love Republicans.”  It’s not about a particular political bias at all.  I just happen to know a lot more Republicans than Democrats.  So I ask that you not …