Faith

Jesus’s Drafty, Leaky House

September 23, 2013 Faith

During Mass yesterday, the priest repeatedly told us that “Jesus lives inside you.” I couldn’t help but think about what that must be like in my case. Mood music: If I were a house, I could imagine Him grappling with a constant flow of repair bills. There’s more square footage than the heating system can […]

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9-11-01 Jumpers: A Suicidal Mystery

September 7, 2013 Depression

I remember the photo well. It was a man falling to his death in a zen-like pose that haunted me for a long, long time. It haunted us all. Mood music: Yesterday, I came across an entire documentary based on that one photo. The program, like the photo, is called “The Falling Man.” Associated Press photographer Richard Drew snapped […]

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Being Catholic Made Me a Better Jew

September 5, 2013 Faith

This was originally written in 2011. With Rosh Hashanah upon us, I re-read it and decided an update was in order. People are always shocked to hear I used to be Jewish but became Catholic. They want to know how the hell that happened. Here’s my story — an important part of which is how my […]

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I Like This Pope

June 25, 2013 Faith

As a Catholic who has rebelled against the political structure of the Church, I gotta say this new Pope is giving me a lot of hope. Francis is turning out to be a rebel in his own right, shunning the trappings of power and putting the focus squarely back on Jesus, where it belongs. Mood […]

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I Forgot to Trust God, Now I’m Paying for It

March 21, 2013 Faith

I got out of bed this morning after another rotten sleep and it hit me: I’ve been having trouble sleeping through the night and controlling daytime anxiety because I’m in one of my classic control freak-outs, in which I get depressed because I am anxious about everything and want to control it all. In other words, […]

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Will the Catholic Church Lighten Up Under Pope Francis?

March 14, 2013 Faith

After the world got its first gander at Pope Francis yesterday, the inevitable “Lighten up, Francis” jokes started flying. But there’s more than a cheap joke in all this. The question of whether the Church will lighten up under Pope Francis is a legitimate one. Mood music:  Faith Hope LoveKing’s XFaith Hope Love I’m a […]

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RIP, Renee Pelletier Costa

March 12, 2013 Courage

This morning I received the sad news that Renee Pelletier Costa passed away after a long and courageous battle against cancer. Mood music:  Release – Arena di Verona – Verona, Italy 9/16/2006Pearl JamPearl Jam Twenty Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Updates:  Renee’s memorial service will be held Saturday, March 23, 1:30 at Faith Lutheran Church, 360 South Main […]

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What Do You Mean I Don’t Believe in God? I Talk To Him Everyday…

February 13, 2013 Faith

Here we are at the start of Lent, and I’m still at a loss as to what I should be sacrificing for the next 40 days. Alcohol? Food items? I’ve already permanently sacrificed those things. Mood music:  Peace Sells – 2004 – RemasteredMegadethPeace Sells…But Who’s Buying? Lent is a time to sacrifice habits you love, […]

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A Few Thoughts About Pope Benedict XVI

February 12, 2013 Faith

I’ve had 24 hours to absorb the news that Pope Benedict XVI is stepping down at the end of the month. I think he’s doing the right thing and showing some true fortitude. But I’m also glad because there’s an opportunity for the Catholic Church to right some wrongs. Mood music:  HallelujahJeff BuckleyGrace The Church has […]

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How Christianity Hijacked Pagan Holidays

December 5, 2012 Faith

Christian extremists like to blather on about a war on Christmas. Given that my post “Take Your ‘War On Christmas’ Talk And Shove It” has been getting a lot of traction on Facebook this week, I think it’s time for a history lesson. Mood music:  Hazy Shade Of WinterThe BanglesThe Essential Bangles We hear a […]

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