This meme has been going around like wildfire lately. It expresses the common idea that the way not to judge others for their struggles is to think that maybe they are not as strong as you are. On the surface, the intention is great. The idea is to encourage people not to judge others’ suffering. Every time I see it though, or hear someone express … Continue reading The Hierarchy of Suffering
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2019/08/18/churches-need-less-tradition-more-flexibility-welcome-teens-column/2011731001/ This article and others like it have been posted and talked about on my online and in person Catholic groups over and over again. There’s always a couple of people kindly talking about it and then the avalanche of more traditional Catholics who start mocking the author and saying, “Oh they just want the Church to be open to whatever, be ok with doing … Continue reading I’m not LGBTQ, but I don’t Belong Either
A couple of weeks ago, there was a shooting in Texas that just devastated me. A couple days before I watched The Hate You Give, which rocked me as well. Both of these events are on the heels of, and preceding so many horrible tragedies and fearful events happening all over they world lately. I find myself desperate for God’s love to be present in … Continue reading Yes, The World Needs God, But Not Like That
The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everyone. -Tupac Last night, I tried to watch The Hate U Give, the emotional true story of a black girl who watches her friend get killed by a police officer. Later, she is called to testify, but I haven’t gotten that far, because I had to take a break. (White privilege is that I was able to take … Continue reading T.H.U.G.L.I.F.E.
I am so angry about what’s happening at the border. Like, so angry. I have this horrible image in my head of a little baby boy at daycare, crying because he doesn’t know where his Mama is. I want to wake up from this horrible nightmare, and tell myself it isn’t true. It isn’t happening. But it is. And not just one little boy. 681 … Continue reading 681 Children: Lord, Save them and Have Mercy on us.
https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2019-08-04/el-paso-dayton-gilroy-mass-shooters-data Today, while researching what to do about mass shootings in America, I came across this article. The author of this article researched what the commonalities between the shooters were. Two of them, made my heart ache: most of the killers suffered from some sort of mental illness, and most of them suffered some sort of traumatic event. As someone who has a mental illness, … Continue reading How to Stop Mass Shootings: ACTIVE LOVE
I started to read a book called “Boundaries” a couple of months ago. I had bought it a long time before that, but I hadn’t read it. I was nervous because I have talked to several people who were very callous and used this book as their excuse, but I have also talked to others who say it changed their life. Now that I’m actively … Continue reading Depression and The Boundaries Book
I am currently reading a book about Boundaries that threw me for a loop and shut me down a little bit. I started to believe that maybe everything I ever said was wrong and everything I have ever believed is ridiculous. It discusses that it is ok to set boundaries and say “this is ok” or “this is not ok.” Some of the ways they … Continue reading Love First
Lately, my newsfeed has been inundated with posts screaming, “YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE A SIDE.” Of course, half the time the premise also includes condescending language about how if you don’t choose a side, you are choosing the wrong side, and there is something wrong with you. I am so sick of this. Let me tell you right now. You do not have to choose … Continue reading Please Stop Choosing Sides
Ever since I grew to adulthood, I hear the echoes of everyone who told me, “That’s not real. That’s a fantasy.” Most of the time, I silence them With a wave of the hand, And maybe a deep breath, But then, Sometimes, a wave of grief comes, My heart begins to ask, “Were they right? Does God give us dreams to take them away? Does … Continue reading Jaded