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Feb. 23, 2013, at 12:43am
Mama, if God knew Adam and Eve were gonna sin, how come he tested them?
"Jopa" (Johanna Paulina, named after Guess Who) is my seventh child, age seven, heading into the age of reason right on schedule. This was hardly the first time a kid had posed this question to me. I dusted off my usual talking points:
Feb. 17, 2013, at 2:58pm
Further to the discussion with Fr. Landry and others below, about Christian discernment, let me offer the cases of two men I know. True stories.
The first was a student at FUS when I was there. Let's name him Sam. My friends and I used to call him "Sam the praying man," because he was always in the Eucharistic chapel. We thought for sure he would be a priest.
There was a lovely, pious young woman on campus, studying graduate theology. I'll call her Donna. One day, close to graduation, Donna went up to Sam and said, "This is going to sound really strange, but God told me in prayer that we're supposed to get married." Sam replied, "I have no doubt that you're right." And they got engaged …continue reading
Feb. 15, 2013, at 5:58pm
This is not the longer post—which is beginning to approach booklength— I'm working on about the relation between God's will and ours. But it's related.
I went to a cardio/dance class at the gym today. I've been to several now of this kind. Some I love and some I can't stand. The ones I love are the ones that play oldies and get us dancing simple, coreographed routines:
"Up four, back four, grapevine, now turn! Feel that beat! Cha-cha-cha now! And back, cha-cha-cha!"
They're like Zumba, but with friendlier music and less suggestive movements. I like learning the steps. I like the way getting the steps right makes me feel like I'm really dancing and forget I'm working out.
The …continue reading