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September 23, 2010

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Agreeing with you...

I love this from CS Lewis:
"It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased."
— C.S. Lewis (Weight of Glory and Other Addresses)

Erik,

Stellar quote.

Alison,

Insightful. Lovely. Good morning.

There's kind of a funny thing going on right here. It is in the forums of my local neighborhood blog:

http://westseattleblog.com/forum/topic/god-is-imaginary

Hi all

Erik I need to bookmark you and a few others who have swung be here of late.

Evening Andy - thank God it's Friday! I'll check out the link

Well, I can't guess your age, Alison and won't try. But I have an idea... (big grin)

I'm happy for you in your rediscovery/reawakening. I know another woman who benefited from eight years of Catholic elementary education and four years at America's preeminent Catholic university only to turn her back on the faith and walk away... never to return. She's 54 now and prays in the Church of Academe. I can't help but think life would have turned out much differently if she had gone where you are going now when she was your age.

So, needless to say, this post really resonated with me.

Say... do you know a good comma school that might have an opening?

I'm not Catholic, and I'm pretty sure I never will be. But it always warms my heart a little when I read of folks rediscovering the church.

I'm currently hoovering up a book on judeo-christianity. Incredible stuff. Fascinated by the Essenes.

-And it is compositions like this, the professing of a reinstatement of wonder and awe, that truly warm the heart.

Cheers to you Alison.

Alison - this is amazing, truly. This goes beyond resonating in my own life these days.

I grew up in an evangelical faith - very insulated, very restricted. 15 years ago I left it and until recently felt that organized religion was not for me and was content to consider myself a spiritual person.

I never stopped believing in God.

Fast forward to last fall when my family attacked me out of the blue - hurtful insults were hurled and in one brief phone call my family walked away from me. I haven't heard from them in a year now.

As I navigated my way thru my grief, I recognized the need to be part of something larger than myself; to be in the presence of like-minded people with the sole purpose of worship and thoughtful prayer.

I began to crave being in church; for the first time in 15 years. So we (my husband and I) started to test out a few churches that are near our house. Amazingly we live in a very small town but have 6 different religions to choose from!

After careful consideration, talks with church members and attending services we have decided to join the Catholic Church. Given that my husband grew up Catholic (he converted to the faith of my birth shortly after we got married) this was a very big deal to him and his family.

And an even bigger deal to me - the faith in which I grew up was extremely anti-Catholic. And when I say extremely - I mean that in every sense of the word.

And yet every time we go to Mass each weekend, I feel like I've come home. Joining the Catholic Church and worshipping each week feels more natural to me than the faith of my birth ever did.

In fact, next weekend we start a 6-month course of study so that my husband can reconnect with his faith and I can learn all about it. I have the same sense of wonder and awe that you do.

I also agree that we are in a period of intense spiritual activity; I am not the only person I know who is either joining a new church/religion or finding a new, deeper connection with the one they already have.

I was raised Catholic and went to Catholic School 1-8. I am not Catholic as an adult. I saw Pope John Paul II when he toured here years ago and he looked straight at me as he rode by in his Pope Mobile and smiled (the crowd was thin here in the South- it's Baptist country here) and I can honestly say that I was completely awestruck.

Cheers to you Gordon and Old Iron, what a lovely thing to say. I appreciate all of you taking this at face value and not as me coming unhinged :)

I'm in a state of shock that I have gone from flat out rejecting Catholicism in so many ways to trying to look into it more. I was ambivalent to this Pope and didn't even know he was coming over! I'm still in shock but I definitely had a moment of awestruckness. And I certainly can identify with your search for faith Kris. Thanks for sharing that Kris & Laura.

Pope John Paul II was so charismatic; even though I grew up being taught that Catholicism is evil - I loved the Pope. He really was a man for the ages, who could appeal to all peoples.

Pope Benedict is older, less-known, not nearly as charismatic and yet - he has much to say at a time when the Catholic Church needs a strong voice of reason and humbleness. For the Catholic Church right now, they don't need a rock star for a Pope.

I'm happy to read this Alison. I remembered you in my prayers, and asked that you would find some peace in your heart in times of trouble.

Tho I'm from India, I like your blogpost... Lovly, insightful and informative!

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