I used to get quite squeamish when sitting in Mass with JP's family, especially when one of the readings would come from one of the books in the Old Testament that wasn't in the Protestant Bible. The Books of Wisdom, Sirach, and others were foreign to me. I was uncomfortable because I was convinced those … Continue reading Do Catholics Have A Different Bible?
Before I was Catholic, I focused on Mary during the holiday season. I mostly thought about her, pregnant and heavy laden, making the long journey for the census just before her baby was to be born. Tired, searching for a place to rest. Giving birth in a dirty, humble place. Holding the infant Jesus in a … Continue reading Finding A New Mother In Mary
I sit here, smack dab in the middle of Holy Week, anticipating the approaching daylight, but still knowing we have the darkness of Good Friday and Holy Saturday to pass through on our way to it. And I am in awe. In awe of the fact that we exist. We are on a ball floating in … Continue reading Existence and Jesus: What Are The Odds?
Just when ya think you're in pretty good shape... something comes along and reveals the sin in your own life very clearly. JP made a mistake this week. A very honest mistake. It ended up costing us $100. Which isn't the most money in the world. But, it was enough to provoke a reaction in … Continue reading Laying Down My Rights
Today I was pondering something that I’ve pondered for a while: how to teach people things that have made such a deep and meaningful impact in my life. I’m referring primarily to the journey back to Catholicism Lorelei and I somewhat recently made that she has so beautifully expounded on over many posts, but specifically … Continue reading JP’s Corner: On Cultivating Curiosity
There's a story in the Gospel of Luke about a man who was paralyzed. Jesus was speaking in a house nearby, and the man's friends carried him there. It was so crowded that they could not get in the door. However, they did not give up. They carried their friend up on the roof of … Continue reading In Which Mary Charlotte Receives the Sacrament of Baptism
Death and taxes. Two things that are famously known for their certitude. But, I suggest that death (and some might argue taxes) is merely a form of something else- much more frequent and just as certain. And that something else is Suffering. That's why I fully reject the idea that Christianity is some sort of free … Continue reading Some thoughts on suffering
In reading the Gospels lately, there is a common theme in Jesus’ teaching that jumps off the page at me (JP). That theme: if you believe I am Lord, then do what I say. I really am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and I’ve come so that you can have life to the … Continue reading Oh Child, I Have So Much Good in Mind for You – If You Would Just Obey
About a year ago, during what I (JP) refer to as my re-conversion to Christianity, I read a book called "Knowing God" by J.I. Packer. It was a wonderful book. It got me very quickly to realize how small I have traditionally made God out to be. But it also got me to realize how … Continue reading Knowing Jesus