WELCOME! Here is my not-terribly-eloquent attempt to grow closer to God via... blogging. Unfortunately for you, I'm not sure what that means either. I guess we'll find out!

I'm 30 years old, married to an IT Guy and a stay-at-home-mom to two spectacularly gorgeous children. While we attend Mass on Sunday mornings, I spend the entirety of the Eucharistic Prayer focused on making sure the baby uses her crayons on the bulletin, not the pew

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Sarah in Ottawa

Ooo...I feel you on this. I had several periods in the dark where I walked away from the Church, but have always come back. And I still struggle; I suspect it is a life-long thing. But I agree with the nun at your church - it is in my blood, the blood of GENERATIONS (save my Protestant grandma, who took her promise seriously and worked diligently to raise two devout Catholic kids). And on the tough days, I know that there I'd have just as many issues in the church-in-the-movie theatre, if not more.

So - I struggle. For me, the choice is Catholic or nothing, and I am just not ready for nothing. There is so much good stuff amongst the things with which I struggle and I am not going to give up the fight.

Thinking of and praying for you, kid!


I feel a lot like you - I'm very much a rule-follower. I really admire your approach to the things you don't understand/accept at first glance, though. I sometimes feel like I don't have a brain in my head, because I don't even question - I just follow. I bet your convictions are much stronger than mine, because you've thought through them.

What I really wanted to tell you was that in college, one of my professors was talking about the saints (it was a theology course), and he said that the closer you get to the Light, the more dirt you can see in yourself. Your remark about the dirty spots reminded me very much of this. Praying for you, friend!


Oh, dear. I am also a rule follower in just about every respect except for when it comes to church. Which is why I remain comfortably agnostic. The issues on which I depart from the RC church (i.e. the ones that cause the most ruckus) are the ones that I feel more strongly about than I do about God and church as a whole. I know! Maybe only the little things made it through my good, long Catholic schooling. Maybe I'm just hardwired as an Episcopalian Libertarian and shall never truly be in the one true church.

I suppose I think it's less about textbook vs salad bar and more about being true to yourself. I don't want my beliefs to be a result of following guidelines but rather a product of my experiences. So, as opposed to being just a Catholic I would be me as a Catholic, if that makes any sense. Alternately, you are a good person/Catholic and the above is just rationalizing laziness. Either way, I think anxiety and mowing through the issue earns celestial brownie points. I suspect celestial brownie points are paid in actual brownies.


I go to a church that bears more than a passing resemblance to the one in this video ... and I'm here to tell you, us rule follower Christians feel the same, regardless of denominational differences. :) But, I think God meets us where we are... he knows some of us have more sensitive guilt-meters and he reminds us of his awesome and unending Grace... and he also reminds us that all things are possible. And if He is calling us to change, He is able to walk us through that change.

(Church-ese aside, I have to say, I also have certain areas where I feel godly-guilt that I should be doing things I'm not, and I am most decidedly a work in progress in those areas. But then I think our generation is too impatient, and if you look at the Bible, most of the people God worked with took years and years to become the awesome heros of faith we see them to be and many of God's promises took decades or more to come to fruition, so if we can't change overnight, well, maybe that's part of God's design?)


That's weird. typepad took the link out.


There. take that, typepad. :)

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