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I've been absolutely dumbfounded at the Catholic "blogosphere" the past few months. Sometimes it's hard to even tell if we are all on the same team. I'm astounded by the derision that exists and the meanness and harshness with which everyone defends their opinion about absolutely everything. I get it, I am hell bent on some of my own opinions on some matters. But, I don't get the extremeness of opinions in our Church. And the same topics come up in my Twitter feed every day after day. Aren't we supposed to all be part of the mystical body of Christ? Christ must be suffering from severe body dsymorphia right now. I don't know if I should love Pope Francis or hate him. I don't know if I should sneer at crying babies in church or offer a helping hand. I don't know if I'm a heretic because I prefer face-to-face confession. Should I demand that my Priests be pretentious and untouchable or the huggable, warm and fuzzy variety? I wonder if I'm a bad Catholic because I don't homeschool my kids. Should I feel superior now that I receive communion on the tongue (even if it took me months to work up to it and I still get so nervous about it?) Should I listen to Michael Voris or Mark Shea? Ugh! Can't we all just get along? Maybe that's why I haven't been writing lately - I'm afraid I'm going to get attacked by my own kind in a place where I should feel the most safe and secure. I feel bad because I fear I'm not strong enough to withstand any criticism. I applaud those of you who are, but could you all get together and come up with 7 Quick Takes about the Church we can all agree on? Thanks.
My Peace I Give You, is an excellent read. Ms. Eden offers ways to find help and healing with the lives of the Saints. Although I did not suffer from childhood sexual abuse as Ms. Eden did, everything that she speaks about in the book would be extremely helpful for anyone who has suffered from abuse or trauma in any way. I found myself reading and re-reading paragraphs and chapters as I thought about some of the things that have happened in my life. Having had an abortion is definitely a sort of abuse, and having one at the age of 17 would seem to make it even more so. Ms. Eden gave me a lot to think about regarding forgiveness and also about living and reacting from a place of woundedness versus from a healthy place. I'm not quite there yet. Sometimes I doubt I ever will be, but Ms. Eden has offered me hope in some areas where I didn't have any before. She's given me some new things to consider and a way to deal with some things that keep coming up all the time.
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