Category Archives: Recovering Catholic

Keep your religion out of my uterus — AND MY EGG CARTON

For various stupid reasons, I bought a dozen eggs at a different grocery store yesterday, a store I don’t usually shop in. I dashed home to cook eggs, fried potatoes, and black beans for Hubby and me for supper. When it … Continue reading

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A Moment in Time in Italy

I took this photo few weeks ago in Rome. I think it’s the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, but I’m not sure. What I’m shocked at is this—look how big the church is! Look how little the people are! I … Continue reading

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Sunday Morning Thoughts on Italy

I’m lucky enough to be planning another trip to Italy with my mom, leaving in a couple of weeks. Last time I was there, I took a lot of photos of beautiful buildings and sculptures. They’re everywhere you look. The … Continue reading

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Thoughts About God While Jogging on the Treadmill

I was minding my own business at the gym today, rushing through 20 minutes on the treadmill and then lifting some weights before showering quickly and dashing back to the office. In the middle of my jog, an acquaintance walked into the … Continue reading

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A Tiny, Brilliant Spark from The Vatican

Asked what it meant for him to “think with the church,” a phrase used by the Jesuit founder St. Ignatius, Francis said, “This church with which we should be thinking is the home of all, not a small chapel that … Continue reading

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“Imperial City” by Richie Hofmann

“Imperial City” by Richie Hofmann From the outset I hated the city of my ancestors. I was fearful I’d be put in the dungeon below the cathedral. The best example of the Romanesque a guide was saying in German      in English      in … Continue reading

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Everything You Need to Know in Just 250 Pages!

Who could possibly be gullible enough to believe that the Explanation for Everything could be contained in 250 pages? Who would even think that human language could adequately  explain much of anything, even in the best 250 pages ever written? This is what I … Continue reading

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The Spanish Steps in Rome

Wandering around Rome last year, we happened upon the Spanish steps—the widest staircase in Europe, built in the 1700’s. We walked all the way to top to go into the church at the top of the 135 steps (one thing you do … Continue reading

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“It Is Enough to Enter” by Todd Boss

Blogger’s Note:  I borrowed this poem from the poetry book “Pitch” by Todd Boss, copyright 2012 by Todd Boss, published by W.W. Norton & Company. It Is Enough to Enter the templar halls of museums, for example, or the chambers of churches, … Continue reading

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A Beautiful Passage from American Literature

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been reading Les Miserables for my book club, but also the great Pulitzer Prize novel from 1961, The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O’Connor. The narrator of this lovely book is an Irish American priest, … Continue reading

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