Latin: A Convert’s Romance in Three Movements

This ‘one language’…was an expression of the unity of the Church and through its dignified character elicited a profound sense of the Eucharistic Mystery.
~ Pope St. John Paul II

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Of Good Fences, Closed Communion, and Reunification

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall.
~ Robert Frost

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Reformation Reconsidered: On Becoming a Bible Christian

Maybe in fifty years, or a hundred, Catholics will be reading the Bible the way they should have been reading it all along.
~ Flannery O’Connor

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Of Memory, Metanoia, and Manslaughter

Oh, of thine only worthy blood
And my tears, make a heavenly Lethean flood,
And drown in it my sins’ black memory.
~ John Donne

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What I Mean When I Say ‘Amen’

You know what we get to do today, Brooks? We get to play baseball.

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Holding on for Dear Life: Of Creeds, Conversion, and Cribbing

I’m not asked on a Sunday morning, ‘As of 9:20, what do you believe?’
 ~ Jaroslav Pelikan

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Of ‘Zen,’ Gumption, and Conversion: A Tribute to Robert Pirsig

A person filled with gumption doesn’t sit around dissipating and stewing about things. He’s at the front of the train of his own awareness, watching to see what’s up the track and meeting it when it comes.
~ Robert Pirsig

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Discovering Good Friday on Queen Anne Hill

God has died in the flesh, and the underworld has trembled.
~ from an ancient homily for Holy Saturday

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Of Godchildren, Detox, and RCIA

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How does sponsorship help the newcomer? It assures the newcomer that there is at least one person who understands the situation fully and cares – one person to turn to without embarrassment when doubts, questions, or problems…arise (AA).

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Unloading Onscreen: Of Film, Formation, and First Confession

God gives us the strength to begin anew (CCC 1432).

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