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.
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...
Sep. 6 at 12:36pm | Comments: 1 | Most recent comment: Sep. 11 at 5:55am
Cleaning my room today, I came upon an old journal and found this thought, from August 2005. I think it holds up. I am seeing more and more how the human idea of mercy is protection from truth. True mercy [divine mercy] is an encounter with Truth—which is extremely painful. I suppose it's what Purgatory is all about. We prefer the illusions that give us false consolations. At the time, I was in the midst of deep personal crisis...
Aug. 21 at 8:44am | Comments: 11 | Most recent comment: Aug. 28 at 11:48am
I don't know if I can call it the number one lesson of my adulthood to date, but it's up there. I have learned that individuals and groups who seem to be wonderful may actually be badly mired in dysfunction, that is to say, unsound. An unsound group or individual can't manage right interpersonal relations, just as an unsound physical structure can't support weight. No matter how noble their aim and how good and sincere their intentions, they will...
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