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I'm just a 24-year-old practicing Catholic trying to hack it as a writer.
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Latest Articles By E.M. Wilson
When I was a teacher on my first ever teaching assignment (on the payroll and not as a student teacher) I had an obstinate little child whose name was a derivative from the name Eve, an irony which I appreciated, since I was teaching preschoolers at a Catholic school.
I'm Not Sure I Want to Be Catholic Anymore
Don't worry, I'm still as sure as ever that I want to be Catholic but I'm sad to say that it was not always so. I think there comes a time in the life of every religious person where they question whether or not they want to continue practicing their religion and this article is written for the person who finds himself or herself on that lonely boat.
One Scandalous Silent Night
So in case you haven't heard the show Scandal had an episode featuring the main character Olivia something or other (obviously not a viewer) getting an abortion to the tune of Silent Night.
So the other day I ended up babysitting my second cousins (that is the unspoken glory of a large extended family, your cousins bring their kids over and you end up watching them while they catch up with your parents/the rest of their immediate family). This would be far more annoying I'm sure if my second cousins weren't completely awesome.
The Religion Crisis
So this post is about the religion crisis. And it's not quite the same religion crisis the media or even the religious press gets all jazzed about.
The Stigma of Abortion?
Roughly six months ago I started using Twitter as a way to promote my writing. As a social media avenue, I find it both a bit mindless and incredibly interesting simultaneously. Mindless because of the sheer capacity of things people Tweet (for better or worse) and interesting because when things trend it's an almost instant way to take the pulse of how people feel about a certain situation.
Knowledge is Power?
So as a former educator I am very familiar with the slogan "knowledge is power." It's certainly a popular notion. If you're going to vote and be part of a democratic society then you should be informed and educated.
So today I found myself wishing that I could somehow track down my fourth-grade teacher and tell her thank you. I’m sure she did a lot of good work with me that year. However, she did something else that I will never forget: she gave me my first ever journal. I got it as a last day of school present. It was red with a teddy bear holding balloons on the cover.
I came across this quote today from avowed atheist Dan Baker which states, "Asking 'if there is no God, what is the purpose of life?' is like asking 'if there is no master, whose slave will I be?' If your purpose of life is to submit as a slave, then your meaning of life comes from flattering the ego of a person whom you should detest."
So the Pope met Kim Davis
So the Pope met with Kim Davis. And everybody is freaking out about it. And quite honestly, I love the sentiment from non and anti-Catholics who feel betrayed. “Omg I thought Pope Francis was cool and it turns out he’s going to stand with Catholic Church doctrine that unequivocally states that marriage is between a man and a woman. Boo! Hiss!
Confessions about Confession
So speaking as a Catholic I have to confess that there are many, many aspects of my faith that are mysterious and rich in Biblical ritualistic significance. What this translates to meaning for the everyday is that there are several misconceptions surrounding the Catholic Church and people talk about it like they understand it, when they don't (some Catholics are probably included in that).
Christ's the King
So a couple of weeks ago I came across a blog that is also Catholic (there are lots out there, don't let secular society make you think there aren't!) and the author had a post encouraging her followers to be Christ-like. Now she seems really authentic and sweet, not that I've ever met her, and it is good that she is encouraging her followers to put their faith into practice.
The Finest Thing I've Ever Known
Why is all Christian writing the same? Why does everybody always think that their interpretation is the most profound? Why can't people be real? I always feel like I'm reading from the same old script with the same old rehashed lessons. The same trite life advice and cheesy prosperity stories.
My Least Favorite Virtue
Lately, I have been struggling with crankiness. Crankiness is unique because there can be many sources that vary by degree and it leaves you super vulnerable to my least favorite emotion: anger. Anger is bad. It comes from pride and a desire to have your way. There is such thing as righteous anger, but that's not what I'm dealing with in this instance.
So a few days back I was talking with my cousin and somehow the topic of heaven came up. I told him that I want to see what the Saints see when they die- I want the Beatific Vision, which, just to put us all on the same page, is the direct communication of God to the individual person (ie heaven in full) and my cousin was like "ooohhhhhh no I could never be a saint."
Church Rules are not for Me!
By Lorrie McNickle
Why The Church
By Tanya Janoski
Obedience and Trust
By Rev. John H. Hampsch, C.M.F
A Catholic Priest has Extraordinary Powers--He Has Been Given the Power of Christ Himself
By Larry Peterson
The Catholic Teachings On The Angels – Part 4: The Seven Archangels
By Alex Brittain