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I’m a married woman, living in rural Iowa. I’m rapidly aging into an old person. I am Catholic through and through, though decidedly progressive. I’m struggling with my Church at the present time. I love writing, studying theology and the bible from a scholarly point of view, cooking, crafting and my 2 dogs and 4 cats. Oh, I also love the man I married eleven years ago.


22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Michelle
    Apr 07, 2011 @ 19:28:29

    I’m glad I found your blog (via Like a Child); it’s wonderful. I was raised Catholic but I now attend a nondenominational community church. A part of my heart still clings to Catholicism though -the liturgy, the saints, the rosary… so much.


    • Sherry
      Apr 08, 2011 @ 13:39:26

      Very glad to meet you Michelle…I’ll stop by your blog. I moved over to the Episcopal church for 2 years and loved it.–a little too much. Being around people who agreed with me basically I decided was an impediment to my journey. I need to be uncomfortable, it keeps me thinking and searching. And the Catholic church certainly does that! lol I’ll stop by your blog!


    • philosoffer
      Apr 21, 2013 @ 16:36:46

      Hi Michelle
      I too attend once a month a non denominational church in the Village as a guest,but my friends there all know of my Catholicism which embraces them as my neighbours. Don’t you miss the Eucharist terribly with its empowering faith when you leave out the mass from your worship? I know I would.


  2. Mike Gantt
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 13:47:27

    Sherry, what do you think of Father Barron?

    Although I don’t agree with him on some things (.e.g the place of the church vis-a-vis the kingdom of God, and I am not a Catholic although I was raised one), I find him a very engaging speaker. He seems to always be stimulating in some way.

    In case you don’t know him, I’m including a clip of him here. I also support the point he makes here as an important one:


    • Sherry
      Nov 18, 2011 @ 16:55:59

      I’m generally aware of his background which is fairly impeccable in terms of education. I am generally not in favor of evangelization as such since I think conversion is most lasting when it comes from being impressed with how a believer lives and acts rather than what they say. However, that being said, I find his theology generally good. I think his series on PBS would be something I would like to see, though I don’t know as it’s being offered here. I’ll have to check. I am all for anyone who gets beyond the rather limited notion that salvation comes only through the Church. That demeans God in a way that I find unacceptable. And the fact that the great right-wing bigots over at Catholic Forums (Catholic Answers) find him questionable, makes him all the more likely to be right as far as I can see.


  3. Judas
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 14:12:30

    Christianity is fake, how someone got killed then cleared you from sins? Fake religion to worship a man? “Woe unto you blind guide, who swear by the temple is at nothing, but who swears by the gold of the temple is obligated”


  4. Prayson Daniel
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 09:25:47

    Beautiful. Thank you for an awesome blog. Keep burning for the Lord that bought you at the Cross, kept you in Spirit for the glory of His Father.



  5. philosoffer
    Dec 16, 2012 @ 15:45:45

    You are not struggling with the Church. I suggest you are struggling with yourself as we all do. Strength will come from prayer and more prayer.
    “My God I believe in you and all your church doth teach because you have said it and your word is true.”


    • Sherry
      Dec 17, 2012 @ 09:03:05

      the problem is God did not say it. Some unknown men said it as their best analysis of how God worked in their world. To take the bible literally as God Speech is a very dangerous and incorrect view in my opinion.


      • Philosoffer
        Dec 19, 2012 @ 15:39:53

        We are talking here of the words of the incarnate second person of the Holy Trinity who would not have done anything imperfect would he? Hence..”Thou art Peter…..because he would have known how people would mess up the interpretation of his words.

  6. Sherry
    Dec 19, 2012 @ 16:49:14

    What Jesus said and what is reported he said may be wholly different things. I believe that the various evangelists tried to recall as best they could Jesus words in the context of what they thought he meant. We will never know how accurate they were. On some things it would appear they were very accurate. Those things especially that cast him in an unfavorable light are lightly to be accurate, even though often misunderstood by his followers. I’m not sure what you are saying here. Please feel free to explain further.


    • philosoffer
      Apr 21, 2013 @ 16:54:43

      Sorry for being a bit late with this note in reply Sherry.
      Christ as God said and did a lot on earth during his life. As the incarnate word of God he could not have done anything imperfect. Had he not left us for the rest of time, the means not only to know what he said but especially to know what he meant when he said it, then that would have been imperfect of him. Hence we can always look to the magisterium of the Church (..thou art Peter.)to provide the true meaning. Of course the schisms and heresies of the past and present were all the result of humans thinking they knew better than his appointed leaders, who he knew would themselves always be less than perfect. Despite my own sinfulness I know with certainty that 2+2 is always 4 and being sinful doesn’t change the certainty of that.


  7. peacefulpartings
    Dec 30, 2012 @ 19:06:18

    Sherry, Greetings and much gratitude for your blog! I am in the midst of trying to understand and reconcile my own relationship to Catholicism, especially as a very socially conscious woman. I so hope we can walk together in our similar journeys! ~ marissa


    • Sherry
      Dec 31, 2012 @ 11:42:50

      We surely can Marissa. Please feel free to contact me by email if you would like to converse. I have simply decided that we agree where we agree and we don’t where we don’t, and God knows I try my best to do his will. But it does leave me sidelined within the Church, and that is distressing at times. I resist the idea of people getting to know me, lest we get into those discussions that I know will lead to difficulties.


  8. Daniel Lieurance
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 14:25:33

    It’s good to find you again…


  9. aliceny
    Mar 10, 2013 @ 15:03:58

    Wow! Am I glad I found you, Sherry. I have Gerry Straub’s posting today to thank for my good fortune. I’ve just read some of the comments here and agree with your replies. How do I receive your posts on a regular basis?


  10. ipray4ublog
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 16:45:58

    Hi Sherry! I’ve stumbled across your blog, and I am so happy I did. I look forward to getting your posts in my email 🙂 I will give thanks to the Lord for blessing me with this encounter. (*AMEN*)


  11. aliceny
    Jul 06, 2013 @ 14:00:44

    Sherry, can you be reached by e-mail?


  12. Cheseapeake Jane
    Jul 16, 2013 @ 11:49:50

    I am currently reading the book “Jesus in the Lotus” by Russil Paul. This is an invitation to take a look at it. Russil was a Benedictine Monk in a monastery in India. Be Well, Be Happy, Be at Peace.


  13. kathy allen
    Sep 30, 2013 @ 10:43:10

    Sometimes you post beautiful images and I would love to know who painted or made them but I don’t see the person’s name. Can you post them? I especially loved the paper collage of Mary Magdalen washing Jesus’s feet. Thanks!


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