Joined: Aug. 12, 2011
Restless, melancholic soul of Irish descent. Born and raised in Connecticut, married to a Dutchman, mother of two daughters and three sons. I love books, conversation, friendship, delicious food, gardens, long walks and beautiful places. I am easily ensnared in politics and web-browsing. I crave silence, sweetness, poetry and peace. I am always wanting to write and ever-failing to write. All my hope is in God’s power and will to save; all my trust is in His promise.
Oct. 11 at 10:33am | Comments: 20 | Most recent comment: Oct. 18 at 8:44am
Member Peter asks a question that deserves an answer: Can someone please explain to me how the personalist project concludes that no other persons besides Jews and Christians have the spiritual resources to acknowledge unconditional worth in all human persons? He is referring to the essay laying out our sense of personalism composed at our request by John Crosby. It includes the following paragraph: According to our personalism, this sense of personal existence has emerged in the encounter with...
Oct. 6 at 7:12am | Comments: 7 | Most recent comment: Oct. 14 at 5:12pm
In remarks opening the Extraordinary Synod on marriage yesterday, Pope Francis struck several characteristically personalist notes in a few words. He called for "a fraternal exchange of views" among the bishops—a spirit of openness and receptivity. This is not a power struggle; they are not to vie for victory over one another, but to recognize the partiality of each one's perspective and the value of what others have to offer, trusting that the Lord would lead them to...
Sep. 26 at 12:33pm | Comments: 6 | Most recent comment: Sep. 27 at 9:29pm
Jules and I saw an outstanding production of King Lear in Philadelphia the other day. As always with Shakespeare, I kept marveling over the ineffable breadth and depth and pith and poetry of his insight into human experience. But one line in particular stood out, I think because we've been reflecting so much on the emotions around here lately. It's among the concluding lines of the drama. Nearly all the principal characters have died or been killed. The Duke of...
Sep. 25 at 12:31pm | Comments: 1 | Most recent comment: Sep. 25 at 4:03pm
In response to my post on soundness in relationships, friend Rebecca wrote a note at once encouraging and challenging, going right to the heart of things. Katie, thank you so much for posting this. It makes a lot of sense and I think it's a really valuable contribution to a discussion that needs to happen much, much, more frequently. I would really like to see a follow up (post? discussion? conversation?) about the "shaking the dust from your feet part."...
Sep. 19 at 9:24am | Comments: 3 | Most recent comment: Sep. 25 at 12:41pm
Some things that feel like love, aren't. Like seduction or eroticism or flattery. On the other hand, if it doesn't look like love or feel like love—if it's cold and condemning and feels like contempt —it isn't love. Love actually does feel like love.Sometimes love has to inflict pain. But it hates having to do that. It's sorry to give pain. It hastens to soothe and comfort afterwards. We shouldn't delude ourselves into imagining that "hating...
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