Joined: Feb. 26, 2012
Roman Catholic of Jewish background; Master of Philosophy turned homeschooling mother of eight. Freelance ttranslator, editor, writer, and bookseller. Studied at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts and later at the International Academy of Philosophy in Liechtenstein. Happily married to Max Torres; happily settled, God willing, in unexotic Ann Arbor, Michigan after stints in Israel, Rome, Liechtenstein, and Barcelona. Ready to emerge from intellectual semi-hibernation with the impending maturity of my littlest boy, who has now attained the ripe old age of five.
Feb. 27 at 11:21pm | Comments: 0
Last Tuesday, I brought my eight-year-old in for a checkup, sensing that something wasn’t right. My mother’s intuition only took me so far, though: I assumed that, whatever it was, a week of amoxicillin would probably take care of it. But it turned out to be juvenile diabetes. Her prognosis looks very good, but treatment is time-consuming, especially for us beginners! So it’s a fine day for 7 Quick Takes. (Thanks...
Feb. 16 at 6:51pm | Comments: 2 | Most recent comment: Feb. 18 at 11:16am
“Apologetics is a hobby of mine.” As soon as I'd said it, something didn’t sound right. My friend was looking into becoming Catholic, and I was offering to answer any questions she might have. I’m a convert and a bookworm, and over the years, I’ve studied a lot of theology. Just the hours I’ve logged listening to Catholic Answers radio while chopping onions for supper are probably the...
Feb. 10 at 11:35pm | Comments: 6 | Most recent comment: Feb. 14 at 10:23am
When I was seven, my parents, my little sister, and I joined a cult which later made headlines for all kinds of bizzare and criminal conduct. We only lasted two days. There were red flags, but my parents, brand-new Christians, mistook some of them for radical, early-Church-style discipleship. (Also, the classic signs of cults were not so well publicized then as they are now.) Still, there was one thing they couldn’t swallow: the part about sending...
Feb. 6 at 12:38am | Comments: 5 | Most recent comment: Feb. 7 at 9:39pm
I ran across this unfortunate object on the internet the other day. I don't know how compelling it might look to your run-of-the-mill New Atheist, but it does shine light on a common misunderstanding, rampant among Christians and anti-Christians both. We seem to be sending a mixed message, and the most effective way to stop doing that is to get clear in our own minds what we believe. So--Is God’s love unconditional, or isn’t it?...
Jan. 28 at 7:01pm | Comments: 1 | Most recent comment: Jan. 30 at 12:06am
We don’t know much. This thought is a useful remedy for anyone inclined to nose around in other people’s consciences and make free about the state of their souls. Reflecting on just how miniscule our knowledge is, and how many, many unknown variables are at play is handy for warding off judgmentalism. It turns out gaze back on our own cluelessness and helps us realize how unqualified to pontificate we are. But it can also...
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