Life is Grace

Welcome to my messy and imperfect, yet amazingly beautiful, life. I’m finding grace in the everyday while living a full and creative life while coping with chronic illness. It’s possible!

When people ask me why I’m studying theology, I usually just explain, “Well, I want to work as a chaplain, preferably in hospice.” Sometimes I just get a strange look, more often I get the look along with an “…oh, okay…” Occasionally a brave person will speak up and ask me what a chaplain actually …

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All I can say, as a practicing Catholic, is, Wow. Pope Francis is a true pastor at heart, “eager to love and be loved” as Fr. James Martin writes. And the fact is, he didn’t say anything out of line with the teachings of the Second Vatican Council. I see more of a change in …

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It has been all over the internet–and my theological journals too–recently, that a large percentage of so-called Millennialsdon’t identify with any religion at all, and the new classification assigned by pollsters is “none.”  This makes me, a Gen-Xer, very curious. I have to admit that as a “Cradle Catholic” and product of Catholic schools the …

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I am so incredibly, amazingly, crabby at the moment. I overdid it with my physical therapy exercises yesterday and am paying the price today. I also, I admit, was (to my surprise) completely emotionally overwhelmed yesterday by the election of Pope Francis. Pope Francis. But I am experiencing a tough letdown today after my elation …

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The Eucharist and the Hunger of the World, Monika K. Hellwig Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews, Paula Fredriksen The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus, Amy-Jill Levine Fortress Introduction to The Gospels, Mark Allan Powell Social Science Commentary on the Synoptic Gospels, Bruce J. Malina and Richard Rohrbach …

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