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anonymous asked:

I'm a queer Catholic and I have to deal with people always telling me that if I REALLY cared about social justice issues or my queer identity I would leave the Church (and join one of THEIR super-liberal Protestant churches, obviously) and it just drives me up the wall. So thank you so, so much for all of your religion blogging and your unapologetic Catholicism. It's inspiring and wonderful to see.

Thank you for this message, anon! It’s really brightened my night.

I don’t think I’ll ever understand why so many people who are otherwise dedicated to diversity and inclusion will have as their first response to a queer Catholic (or a queer Muslim, or a queer member of any other religion that’s commonly perceived as “conservative”), “Wow, you should really change a fundamental part of your identity to better fit in to our progressive community!”

That’s…that’s really not what justice looks like.

1 Corinthians 1:10-17 (NKJV)
Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you. Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own name. Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas. Besides, I do not know whether I baptized any other. For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.

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“It’s a very Greek idea, and a very profound one. Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it. And what could be more terrifying and beautiful, to souls like the Greeks or our own, than to lose control completely? To throw off the chains of being for an instant, to shatter the accident of our mortal selves? Euripides speaks of the Maenads: head thrown I back, throat to the stars, “more like deer than human being.” To be absolutely free! One is quite capable, of course, of working out these destructive passions in more vulgar and less efficient ways. But how glorious to release them in a single burst! To sing, to scream, to dance barefoot in the woods in the dead of night, with no more awareness of mortality than an animal! These are powerful mysteries. The bellowing of bulls. Springs of honey bubbling from the ground. If we are strong enough in our souls we can rip away the veil and look that naked, terrible beauty right in the face; let God consume us, devour us, unstring our bones. Then spit us out reborn.”
― Donna Tartt, The Secret History

November 18

In 1095, Pope Urban II convened the Council of Clermont, which would result in the calling of the First Crusade.  This event is one of the single most important historical occurrences of the last thousand years.  

And, of course, it ended about as well as any gathering of xenophobic monotheists could–with the slaughter of untold thousands and a millennium-long history of hatred and distrust.  You know, just like Christ would have wanted.

“How many people wanna kick some ass?”

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ID #90260

Name: Nia
Age: 23
Country: USA

Hey there! This is pretty cool, i’ve always wanted a pen pal.
As the intro suggests, my name is nia and im 23. currently in the old city of chicago, which i just moved back to from indiana and the suburbs. I love traveling (though ive only been out of the country once; i would love to do more of it very soon)
Im a musician and an “artist”, self proclaimed creative person.
I enjoy reading books, but i love book recommendations more :) I deeply enjoy poetry
(i write some of it myself)

I have a deep reverence for the natural world. I cultivate plants and enjoy studying ancient cultures and religions to find similarities between them.

But its not just all serious all the time! I enjoy certain aspects of pop culture; i was raised on televison so im down with the cartoon recferences before like 2013 lol. Casual anime fan. Was a fan of gaming until Activision killed it with MW. More of an rpg person. Maybe even platform. Very rarely first person s. (As a pasives it feels too close to the real thing)

Disclaimer: I do suffer from seasonal depression, so winter months can be sort of a downer. But hey, maybe not…

Preferences: Ooh i love snail mail! But i don’t really love to buy stamps though, so email is preferred.

Age: 22-36 (the cap isn’t really all that important, just not kids lol)

Sex/gender: i literally couldn’t care less

Country: it would be cool if tge pal could be out of the country, but this isn’t all that important either.

WORSHIP SONGS SUGGESTIONS

On Monday, I get to lead worship for my sorority (YAY!), but I don’t know what to play. I use a ukulele to lead, so if you guys know some songs that would work well with that and that the girls would know, drop me a message! I would like to have a faster one and a slower one. I might be playing How Deep the Father’s Love, but I haven’t decided. I could potentially play some hymns (throwbacks, ya know), but please leave some song suggestions that you guys like in the notes or my ask box!!