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Confessions of a Buried Survivor

First published by CWS member Shielding Cournoyer on 8th September 2017: My burial began the day that I was kidnapped. I was two then.  Blonde-haired, blue-eyed, and categorically adorable.  If my parents were the home-owning sort, maybe I’d be news.  As it was, I had a schizophrenic father in jail on a dine-and-dash turned assault-on-a-cop.  I

2017-10-05T22:05:09+00:00

September Reflections

CWS member Margaret Susan Thompson shares some personal reflections on teaching. This Blog first appeared on the IHM Sisters website in September 2017. When I was a child, I waited for September with eagerness, excitement and anticipation. I loved school. School was where I got to wear my new clothes (always dresses) and where

2017-09-08T03:59:20+00:00

When Christian Women Tell You What We Hear – Blog by Rebecca Bratten Weiss

This blog by CWS member Rebecca Bratten Weiss first appeared on Patheos website on April 24, 2017. A few days ago on Twitter, Christian feminist writer Sarah Bessey started a conversation about the misogynistic things that “only Christian women hear.” And it went wild. Women (and a few men) of all denominations shared their

2017-08-25T03:54:58+00:00

For some Catholics, a vegetarian diet goes hand in hand with faith | USCatholic.org

CWS member Jeannine M. Pitas writes about the relationship between her Catholic faith and being a vegetarian: I suspect “Catholic” is not the first identity marker most people think of when they think of a vegetarian. Yet for many Catholics—myself included—a vegetarian or vegan diet is an integral part of our religious practice. Source: For

2017-08-25T02:33:28+00:00

Discovering God through the Arts – James Joyce’s Ulysses – by Melanie Newbould

Continuing Melanie Newbould's occasional blogs on faith and the arts. Ulysses I read Ulysses by James Joyce only about 10 years ago or so—and it was really that book that convinced me that Christianity might be the right path for me. It is a difficult book (at least for me); I don’t think I could

2017-06-22T09:14:02+00:00

Discovering God Through the Arts – Parsifal – by Melanie Newbould

Continuing Melanie Newbould's occasional blogs on faith and the arts: Parsifal And yn þat bed þer lythe a knyght, His wowndis bledyng day & nyght; Lully, lulley, lully, lulley! Þe fawcon hath born my mak away. Parsifal is Wagner’s last opera; the above verses are from the English Corpus Christie carol, which bears a striking

2017-06-25T03:39:29+00:00

Discovering God through the Arts – Wagner’s Ring II – by Melanie Newbould

Continuing Melanie Newbould's occasional blogs on faith and the arts. The Ring II The story of the Ring had got to a point where Brünhilde is asleep, actually on a rock on top of a mountain, surrounded by a burning ring of fire.  The ring and the Rheingold are underneath a sleeping dragon, Fafner.  Wotan

2017-06-22T08:42:04+00:00

Discovering God Through the Arts – Wagner’s Ring I – by Melanie Newbould

Continuing Melanie Newbould's occasional blogs on faith and the arts. The Ring I I first encountered Wagner's tremendous Ring cycle when I was around 15 years old or so. Yes—it was because I had just read Tolkien—so I was interested in rings, dragons and things. But of course Wagner's Ring is very different—for one thing

2017-06-22T08:38:13+00:00