Edel-wise: Top 10 Questions About #Edel17

August 7, 2017

  This weekend I attended a women’s event co-founded by Jennifer Fulwiler and Hallie Lord called the Edel Gathering. The people in my life had a lot of questions. What is an edel? Named for the gathering’s patroness Venerable Edel Quinn (P.S. Has anyone else ever noticed that the word patroness looks a lot like patronus?) According to Jennifer Fulwiler’s radio interview with my boss, the name “Catholic Lady Gathering”…

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Peter & Judas: Punishment vs. Reparation

April 12, 2017

What’s the difference?  Judas betrays Jesus, but Peter denies him.  Judas turns his back on the Lord, but 10 of the others were nowhere to be seen after the Garden. Yet, we venerate 11 Apostles (and the replacement 12th) as great saints but we speak only of Judas in hushed tones and as a stern warning.  What is the difference between these two cases of sin and guilt? The answer…

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On a Trump Presidency and Eternal Life: Pope Benedict XVI has a question for you

January 20, 2017

Currently, I am reading (and at times re-reading) my way through Pope Benedict XVI’s papal encyclicals, exhortations, and addresses, and I came across this very pointed question in his encyclical on Christian hope, Spe Salvi.  After speaking of baptism and faith’s necessary relationship to eternal life, the Roman pontiff emeritus asks rather pointedly: “Do we really want this — to live eternally?” (#10) What at first sight appears to be a…

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What I Learned at MD Anderson (Part I): The Power of Presence and Wrestling God

November 15, 2016

My heart broke a few times today, especially as I kept having to look reality in the eyes and admit the Truth: sometimes God gives us too much to handle. I was sitting there in a room full of people, half of them patients and half of them caregivers. I had just walked through multiple hallways and corridors to reach this one little room where my older brother digitally checked…

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Free to Hope: The 2016 Election

November 8, 2016

I was standing in line today to cast my vote and was kind of overjoyed that there are still real people involved in this process of taking my name and checking my address off in a box.  I love that we can see today part of what it means to be human: the capacity to use the gift of our rational natures and to make a choice.   I must admit that my heart…

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