Well I am sitting at home with a vicious cold (this is Day 3, and yes I am counting because I hate being sick and I usually end up spending all my sick time sitting around feeling sorry for myself, although this time I have spent some of it re-watching season 7 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so at least it’s been productive). Since I have a cold, you would think that would have given me time to post earlier, but no. Procrastination takes precedence, people!
Anyway, I had a cool experience last weekend- I went into the perpetual adoration chapel at my church for the first time. For non-Catholics, I guess it’s a bit of a stretch to understand, but click the link and give it a shot. For me, it was very moving because it’s really the first time I understood the Eucharist (which is good, since RCIA is drawing to a close…)- I definitely felt a/the Presence (not sure what the right grammar is here), and it was humbling. Many, many people have told me that participating in adoration is a special experience, and I see why now. If anyone happens to read this and hasn’t gone, please do, because I can guarantee it will be a powerful experience, even if it is only for a few minutes.
Now, I must go. “Storyteller” is next in the queue. The funny awaits!
Today is the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birthday. I admire Darwin for spending his life gathering evidence for his theory of evolution. I do think it’s a shame that he grew apart from the church and found himself doubting God as he got deeper into his theory.
I think it’s entirely possible to believe in God and accept evolution. Let me be clear, since it’s not clear to most of the general public- evolution is not something you “believe” in- it’s a fact. Do you “believe” in trees? Flowers? DNA? All of those things are just as real as evolution. </science teacher mode>
Anyway, the Vatican also knows this and is, in fact, having a conference next month on evolution- cool!
I haven’t talked much here about the books I enjoy- and believe me, there are many- but here is a link to a book that I just reviewed on LibraryThing (an awesome website for fellow book nerds, by the way!).
Up next on my bookshelf: The Lamb’s Supper by Scott Hahn. Scott Hahn is one of my new favorite authors. I read his book “Rome to Home” when it was recommended to me by a friend who also converted to Catholicism. My RCIA class instructors have recommended others of his books, and I am working on this one as we discuss the Eucharist (perhaps the highest hurdle I have to comprehend as a convert to the faith). So far it’s very eye-opening, and even though it’s a tiny book, there is a lot packed into it!
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