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"Isn't she the one who hates gays?"

I have some family members who are gay (and I'm sure most of you do, too.) I love them madly. One is creative and smart and building an awesome career. Another served our country and has overcome some really big obstacles.

One of them was "home" recently and brought his partner. I was told that his partner asked another family member, "So which sister is it that hates gays 'cause she's super-Christian? I heard she won't allow them in her house."

Um, that would be me. Except of course, that it's not.

I don't hate anyone. I don't hate any groups of people. I certainly don't hate my family, or the homosexual family members.

I'm also really upset that somehow this equation has now become true: Catholic = hate.

Now, I'm happy to say that I met my nephew and his partner for lunch and we had a delightful conversation. I love my nephew and I'm really proud of him. He knows exactly what my beliefs and values are.

I just wish the …

Monday Morning Musings

1. Another Acton University in the books. I'm not gonna lie: this year was tough. AU under the best of circumstances is hard (we have a small staff and a BIG conference), but this year, the pope decided to release an encyclical in the middle of it all! I was a teensy bit ... overwhelmed? Crazed? Exhausted? Yeah, all that.

2. Two high points: I have a wonderful friend who attends the conference every year and we got to spend Friday lunch together, catching up. My only regret is that we don't live next door to each other; she is such a joy to me.

Another friend grabbed me on Tuesday evening and said, "I have someone I need you to meet!" It turned out to be a woman who has been working in the area of human trafficking for years. This woman's feet aren't just planted in Scripture, they are cemented in. She is funny, bold, sweet, sassy, faithful ... I know I have a new best friend and mentor. That was truly a Holy Spirit thing!

3. I'm going to Kentucky! Every…

Closed for the week

I'm not going out of business, but I'll be working at Acton University for the remainder of the week. Too busy to blog here!

God bless you all!

Why I remain Catholic

Elizabeth Scalia, the blogger-extraordinaire at The Anchoress, has challenged her fellow Catholic bloggers to answer the question, "Why do I remain Catholic?" This is my attempt to answer this.

For me, being Catholic has never been a struggle. I have no amazing conversion story, I'm not a prodigal who has run home to the loving arms of Mother Church. It's kind of boring, actually; I've always been Catholic.

I knew Jesus was real in the Eucharist from a very early age. I was allowed to make my First Communion a year ahead of my classmates.

Despite the fact that I have both an undergraduate and a graduate degree in world religions, I've never been tempted to "jump ship." (I do have an abiding fondness for Buddha, but simply because I admire his tenacity in wrestling with life's Big Questions. He didn't get it all right, but he wasn't all wrong, either.)

I love the saints. I feel a strong and passionate connection and friendship to many of…

Monday Morning Musings

1. I spent most of last week dealing with a muscle spasm in my back. If you've never experienced one, it's like a charlie horse that won't stop. And yes, it IS as much fun as it sounds. It's slightly better now, but I'm also heavily medicated.

2. Took Curly-haired daughter out to shop for wedding jewelry. Big shout-out to Women At Risk, International and their beautiful War Chest Boutiques. We got the bride's jewelry, narrowed down options for the bridesmaids, table decor and I've got my eyes on a few pieces for the upcoming nuptials. Plus, all this shopping goes to support survivors of human trafficking here in the US and around the world.

3. Feast of Corpus Christi! Is there a more beautiful feast? I'm so thankful that our priests have revived the tradition of the procession with the Eucharist and Adoration for this great day in the Church calendar. "I am the bread of life!"

4. 2- 1/2 weeks and I'm off on vacation! Whoot! I hope I have …

No place at the ... camp?

I must admit: I am disappointed. Dark-haired daughter, last summer, went to a camp for high school students sponsored by our diocese. It was a HUGE step for her: she has not been away from home since being hospitalized after her abduction, and it was a tremendous step for her not to give into anxiety and fear, but to trust.

She loved camp! She was there with "normal" kids, who embraced her and loved her. She loved the counselors and the entire experience. Since last summer, all she could talk about was going back to camp this year.

Yesterday I got a phone call from the camp that she couldn't come. She is now 19, and although she is still in high school, the camp board has declared that only 14-18 year olds can attend, due to diocescan guidelines on adults being with  minors without having gone through "safety training."

I explained to the young woman that called that this issue had come up with our daughter, as she volunteers in our parish nursery. The person …

Secrets to being the parent of a special needs child

What is blogging if not ripping off good work from other blogs? One of my favorite sites it The Mighty; they focus on the lives of people with special needs and those who love them. This list is from 35 Secrets of Being a Special Needs Parent:

“You have no idea how much potential you both have to exceed your expectations.” — Becky Hirsh Carroll
“Your child with special needs is a child first.” — Erica Conway-Wahle
“You are not weak when you get angry and upset.” — Amy Sherian
“You know your kid best. Don’t be concerned with what others say. Trust your gut.” — Nancy Walchak-Body
“It’s lonely. But when you meet someone who gets it, it’s transforming.” — Melody Statham Cameron
“You have to also take care of yourself.” — Amy Streater Bazerghi
14. “Pencil it in on the calendar, never pen. Be flexible.” — Kodi Wilson
15. “It’s about progress, not perfection.” — Melissa Cote
16. “My kid takes longer to ‘grow up.’ Secretly, that is sort of awesome.” — Rebecca Smith Masterson

Monday Morning Musings

1. This was a rough weekend. My elderly mother, who is a fiercely independent and strong-willed woman, now has a body that is weak. She can't be on her own any more. Oldest Sister and I spent the weekend with her, and her rather rapid decline was startling and hard to manage. Very emotional.

2. Now, it's Monday. And I need a weekend to recover from my weekend.

3. June is going to be busy. I know it's Ordinary Time, but it feels like a holiday - much to plan for and pray for.

4. Feeling a bit sad? Emotional? Nostalgic? for having a child around. Met an 8 year old in foster care that I nearly fell head over heels for.

And then I thought, "What are you THINKING????"

(Proving that adoption and having kids is rather addictive.)

5. Another round of shots at the pain clinic this Wednesday. Is it sick that I'm looking forward to it, just so I can have a day to rest?