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Dear Rebecca: In Which I Answer Your Burning, Yearning Questions

I am constantly besieged by questions from readers such as yourself. Questions you’re not comfortable with asking me directly, so you type them into a search engine, and then, while looking over your search results, you click on my blog to find the answer! Well, answers you shall have!

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This is the most common question I come across, and the answer is easy: there isn’t one. It’s just a clever name for my blog based on someone making a snarky remark about what a bad Catholic I am. Leave indecisiveness behind and make a firm resolution to follow Christ!

I’d also like to throw in, just as a bonus, a little word of affirmation. It’s not just you, it’s really hard to spell the word “indecisiveness!” In fact, that’s probably the number one reason I’m constantly wanting to change the name of my blog. I just can’t decide on a new name.

who is the patron saint of grave diggers?

I certainly hope you’re asking that question as a matter of professional curiosity!

The answer is absolutely fascinating! The first response I got was St. Anthony the Abbot–who was he? That’s a much better question! He was a hermit, who upon hearing the gospel message to give away what we have and follow Christ,  walked out the door of the church and into the unknown to live a life of prayer and fasting, giving away everything he had. St. Anthony wasn’t mere middle class, oh no, he was quite wealthy.

Whenever St. Anthony would learn of someone who was holy, he would travel to see them so that he could imitate their holiness and become closer to God.

Giving up everything wasn’t easy. There were many temptations and struggles, but God spoke to St. Anthony and told him because he persevered that He would protect him forever. At this time, St. Anthony was living in a tomb, so I suppose that’s where the grave digger thing comes from.

Many who came to see St. Anthony were healed, so naturally, more and more people came to see him. Fearing that he would become prideful, St. Anthony fled to the desert, where he was cared for by Saracens until his friends inevitably caught up with him again. He lived to be 105 and is the patron of basket makers, skin diseases, brush makers and gravediggers.

saint michael the arc angle birth and death date?

St. Michael the Archangel is, and has ever been an angel. While he was certainly created at some point, and may someday cease to exist, these moments would not fall within the confines of our modern calendar. I think perhaps you are laboring under the misconception that when we die, we become angels. This is simply not true. Angels and humans are two completely different types of beings and cannot transform into each other. That would be comparable to a dog becoming a cat or a  shrub becoming a rose bush. Your question, however, does give me another opportunity to extol the virtues of saying the St. Michael prayer.

after been gluten free for a week my arm started going numb?

Go to the doctor! ASAP!

cat dressed as pope

Certainly!

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doesn’t mea culpa mean?

Mea culpa literally means “my fault.” It is part of one of the forms of the Penitential Rite during Mass (it’s not used very frequently, unfortunately) and the full text is:

Confíteor Deo omnipoténti et vobis, fratres,quia peccávi nimis cogitatióne, verbo, ópere et omissióne:mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa.Ideo precor beátam Maríam semper Vírginem,omnes Angelos et Sanctos, et vos, fratres,oráre pro me ad Dóminum Deum nostrum.

Which translates to:

I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters,that I have greatly sinned,in my thoughts and in my words,in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,through my fault, through my fault,through my most grievous fault; therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,all the Angels and Saints,and you, my brothers and sisters,to pray for me to the Lord our God.

is mazzio’s gluten free pizza safe?

Since it is prepared in a kitchen where products containing gluten are also prepared, it is not considered safe for those with severe reactions to gluten. I would imagine flour flies around and gets on everything so there you go. However, for those who can tolerate trace amounts of gluten, it is absolutely delicious! You may be tempted to eat the whole pizza, so no, it’s not safe at all!

what does repatronizing mean?

I don’t think it means anything–I’m pretty sure I made it up!

what saints practiced temperance?

I’m pretty sure the best answer to that is “all of them.” However, I did find a lovely gem of a prayer for temperance.

too much spinach soup?070

I only include this one because it has been asked FIVE BLOODY TIMES!!!!

Eating too much spinach can cause you to have iron absorption problems, kidney stones, or other digestive problems. You should have green vegetables every day, but it is important to have different vegetables so that you don’t have issues with mineral buildup. Variety is important to a balanced diet.

is st.clare a patron of something or someone?

Yeeeees…For one thing she’s the patron of television, so ask for her aid when you’re searching for wholesome programming on Netflix. St Clare spent an awful lot of time on her sick bed, and when she was too ill to go to Mass, she would see the mass projected on the wall of her chamber.  Though it sounds far fetched, Clare was able to confirm what people were wearing, where they were standing, who was present and other details that she would not have been able to know otherwise. She’s also the patron of eye disease, goldsmiths, laundry,embroiderers, gilders, good weather, needleworkers, Santa Clara Pueblo, telephones, and telegraphs.

Goldsmiths? The Clares are impoverished! Where did that come from?!?!?!

Those crazy patron saints!

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What?

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Preparing for the Next Great Schism

Divisions within the Catholic Church reached a fever pitch as Pope Francis met with his retired predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Their initial greeting was awkward at best, no doubt both parties felt the undeniable tensions mounting from their power struggle.

You can feel their rage.

You can feel their rage.

I don’t think those two even made eye contact. Pope Emeritus Benedict is currently staying at the papal summer residence while his new quarters within the Vatican are completed. Pope Francis has consented to allowing the retired pope to stay within the Vatican, and rightly so. Outside of the Vatican, he would have too much freedom to set up his own power center rivaling the authority of the new pope. Which is certainly what he’s up to.

This dual papacy is already proving to be a difficult road for Catholics who aren’t sure which pope’s teachings to follow. Shall we follow Pope Emeritus Benedict’s exhortation for us to practice acts of charity that are rooted in faith? Or shall we heed Pope Francis’s call to care for the poor in the name of Christ? These are very confusing times.

I wish they would at least try to get along.

I wish they would at least try to get along.

Seriously, though…

Am I the only one who is loving the pictures that are coming out of this informal lunch? More popery, please!

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7 Quick Takes Friday, Vol 23

 

 

1: Nothing to Fear

I have some outstanding news this week! I officially have a new fear to add to the top 10 list! YES! Ever since I got over my fear of swimming in the ocean, I’ve been worried that an empty spot had been created that would never be filled. However, last Friday, Jennifer shared with us the details of having filters placed in her veins and it really struck a chord with me. I read the description, then read it again, then read it aloud to Scott. Then, I just sat on the couch with my Kindle Fire in my lap, put my hands over my face, and screamed and screamed. I certainly hope the procedure will help dear Jennifer not to have such dreadful issues with blood clots anymore, but I have to stop thinking about it now because my veins hurt and I want to cry.

2: Suffering, Schmuffering

Since Lent began, I have struggled with every one of my commitments, broken every one, and I’ve been hit with one attack after another. A few days ago, while working at The CellPhone Store, I was dealing with a particularly nasty customer. She made it a point to find error in everything I did, demanded that I adjust fees that I could not adjust, threatened to cancel her account if I didn’t do as she said, and stated that she would call in and complain about me for refusing to do everything she asked. I just wanted to bawl. I was running on 4 hours of sleep, so I was already exhausted, and after arguing with her for over an hour on every single step of her phone upgrade, I was ready to just walk out the door. Why? Why have I been chosen to suffer constantly like this??? As soon as I was finally able to get the customer out the door, I fixed myself a cup of coffee and sat down at my desk for a pout. Why does everything have to be so difficult? That’s when I pulled up facebook and…

 

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Point taken.

3: Put on Your Red Shoes and Dance the Blues

Dr. Taylor Marshall is one of my favorite people evah!  I read everything he posts, and I thank God for him, I really do. I don’t think I’ve ever learned so much from a blog. The time and effort Dr. Marshall puts into catechizing the masses can never be fully appreciated.

That being said, I must say he is absolutely obsessed with the Pope’s shoes. I mean, really, really obsessed.

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Can’t a man wear black shoes without causing a fiasco?!?!

 

4: It’s Not a Popularity Contest!

However, it is nice to be popular! And Pope Francis is, with 73% of American Catholics approving of our new Pontiff! The other 27% are apparently C&E Catholics who did not realize that being Catholic was the one qualifier for being elected. Well, that and being male (gender roles!).

See what I did there? I linked to a highly reputable Pew Survey, then in the next sentence, I linked to the highly satirical Eye of the Tiber. Most bloggers couldn’t get away with that, but I don’t know what I’m talking about half the time, so I can make it work.

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Pope Francis will be celebrating Holy Thursday by giving Mass at a juvenile prison.  I was delighted to hear such wonderful news! Until I read Simcha’s post which highlighted the ramifications of the pope’s actions.

You see, when we were hearing about the example he set by preparing his own meals, I said, “Yes! That’s something we all need to do!” When they said he lived in a small apartment, I said, “Yes! Downsize! Minimize! When we start looking for a house to buy, we’re going to get something modest and inexpensive!” Even when they said that he washed the feet of drug addicts, I said, “Yeah, I could send them some money I’m sure….”

But to embrace criminals? People who have hurt others? Raped others?
Killed others?

This is why we need Pope Francis. He’s determined to lead us out into the deep.

 

6: Follow the Leader

That leads me into my next pondering. How can I follow, not the mere footsteps of Pope Francis, but the deeper footsteps of Jesus? How can I reach out to the sick and the poor, the addict and the criminal? Within the confines of my constantly changing, completely unpredictable work schedule?

St. Therese????  What was that you were saying about a little way for little souls? Because I feel really tiny right now!

 

7: The Home Stretch!

Can you believe we only have a week left of Lent? It’s been a rough patch, and it hasn’t been at all like I wanted it to be. I gave up all the wrong things, but by doing so, I learned what I should have given up; the things that are coming between me and God. Once again, I’m wrapping up Lent full of regret for disciplines lost, and that’s fine. It’s regret that leads me to ask forgiveness, that drives me to chase after God with greater passion.

Have a blessed Holy Week!

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St. Joseph the Worker, Pray for Us!

Today is the feast day of St. Joseph, foster father of Christ, who is renowned for his work ethic. It is also the official start of Pope Francis’s ministry as he celebrated his inaugural Mass today! As a member of St. Joseph’s Parish and a huge fan of people name Francis, this is a big day for me. I think it’s terribly appropriate that the two intersect because it’s time for our new Pope to really get to work! It’s time for the lot of us to get to work, really.

Then he saith to his disciples, The harvest indeed is great, but the labourers are few.                                             

–Matthew 9:37

If you don’t think the world is in desperate need of the Gospel, you haven’t been keeping up with the news. In the news, I see nothing but heartache, despair, animosity, and hopelessness. It’s time for us to spread a little hope and show the world what love actually is!

 

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Composed by Pope St. Pius X

O Glorious St. Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations, to work with gratitude and joy, in a spirit of penance for the remission of my sins, considering it an honor to employ and develop by means of labor the gifts received from God, to work with order, peace, moderation and patience, without ever shrinking from weariness and difficulties, to work above all with purity of intention and detachment from self, having always death before my eyes and the account that I must render of time lost, of talents wasted, of good omitted, of vain complacency in success, so fatal to the work of God. All for Jesus, all through Mary, all after thine example, O Patriarch, St. Joseph. Such shall be my watch-word in life and in death.

Amen

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7 Quick Takes Friday, Vol 22: New Pontificate Edition

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Thank you, God, for our humble Pope Francis! I’m afraid humility will be our biggest lesson in the years to come.

1. We Have a Pope!

I just can’t stop saying that! It seems like it’s been much much longer than 2 weeks since we became popeless. It seems like it was months at the very least! I’m just tickled pink with our new pope! We’re just blessed beyond belief! It’s the most exciting thing since…I don’t know what! My wedding? Scott and I converted in 2007, (apparently 2 years to the day after John Paul II’s funeral) so Benedict was already pope, and he’s been our only pope. This is the first time we’ve seen a new papal election! I watched from work, but poor Scott didn’t find out until he got off work at 5:30! I hated that Scott didn’t get to watch it live like I did (as well as his parents in Saudi Arabia!) but he was able to watch the whole thing (with the waiting period highly abbreviated) on….

2. EWTN!!!!  

I just want to remark on the fact that I seem to be mentioning EWTN all the time. It’s like I’m an EWTN hipster. Every time I turn around, I’m all like, “Oh no, I don’t watch that channel. I watch EWTN. It’s totally in between my gas and electric bill. With my electric bill first because I’d rather have my gas turned off and not be able to have a hot shower than have my electric bill turned off and not be able to watch EWTN.”

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I’ve been so grateful for EWTN’s coverage of the conclave and the new pontificate. Just a friendly reminder, this wonderful coverage from Rome is quite pricey, so if you can spare a dollar or two, please consider donating. If not, they have the live stream on their website, and just about everything they air goes straight to YouTube, so you can stay in the know on our new Pope Francis!

3. A Funny Picture with an Emotional Twist

Maybe it’s emotional to me just because I’m so emotional after this week’s events! Certainly you’ve seen this picture:
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Up top, we have John Paul the Great. Just the look on his face–that knowing look! I never got to be a John Paul Catholic. No, while he was pope, I was still convinced that the Catholic Church represented everything that was wrong with Christianity. John Paul II is the pope I wish I had, the one I missed out on because of my stubbornness!

Next up, Benedict XVI, our beloved Pope Emeritus, the only pope I’ve ever known as a Catholic. I’ll miss that smile! That seems like such a funny thing to say. I’ve only ever seen him in pictures, and I can pull up a picture of him anytime I want. It just won’t be the same, looking at that jolly smile and knowing he’s not our pope anymore!

Then, we have Pope Francis, in whom we placed our absolute trust before we even saw his face or knew his name! Of course, we trust him because we trust the one he serves!

4. In Other News…

I can hardly recognize “other news.” As you may know, I work at The CellPhone Store, and Samsung had a big launch event for their newest Galaxy phone tonight. So, all my coworkers were just dying, waiting to punch out so they can go home and watch live coverage and I was like, “Whatever. It’s not like it’s POPE FRANCIS!!!!”

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I’m starting work on my spring/summer vegetable garden tomorrow! I’m growing tomatoes, squash, eggplant, spinach, green beans, carrots, pumpkins, potatoes and who knows what else! I’m super stoked about it. Hopefully we’ll be eating more vegetables and spending less money! I also fully intend to use my pressure canner to can all sorts of wonderful things! Is anyone else starting a garden? Anybody got any tips for growing in Oooooklahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the plain and it’s 110 degrees all summer?

6. Copyright Laws and Me

A few weeks ago, I had a bit of a conundrum. I was reading a book about Divine Mercy and suddenly became horrified that we did not have a Divine Mercy image hanging on the wall. I bought a picture frame and some photo paper straight away and set about rectifying the situation when my printer, a Canon, went haywire and leaked ink all over itself until it no longer worked.

These are difficult moments.

I don’t want to be superstitious, and I certainly don’t want to give the impression that I’m leaping at shadows and blaming everything on the devil. It’s just that, well, if my printer goes dead when I try to print a picture of Jesus, what else am I supposed to think?!?!?!?!?!?! So, I became more and more determined to print that photo. And one for everyone I know. Just to be safe.

I ended up spending a lot of money on a new printer. When I told my half-converted sister, Betsy that I was sending her a picture, she got on to me of course and told me I could not print it off without permission or I would have to deal with copyright laws. I told her that Jesus told Faustina he wanted this image shared with the world. There’s my permission right there.

Betsy’s response was…..”Jesus doesn’t usurp copyright laws.”

Every time I look at my “illegal” Divine Mercy image, I chuckle at that one. As long as I’m not selling them, I think I’m alright.

7. #catladyproblems

Last week, it was all about my poor Penny Lane and her big surgery. She is doing so much better! Thank you all for the well wishes and prayers for my furry little angel.

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I’ll bet that with all the quick takes that are sprouting up on Conversion Diary this weekend, you might find another mention or two of Pope Francis!

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