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Why I Converted to Catholicism…But That Doesn’t Mean That You Should-Part One

Whoever says religion is dying hasn’t been to East Texas lately. Here, amidst the pine trees and oilfields, religion is flourishing. I pass nine churches on my fifteen minute drive to work, and that’s not counting the steeples rising in the distance. Policemen direct traffic in front of the largest church on Sunday mornings. Several churches use shuttle buses to convey members back and forth from sprawling parking lots. Vacation Bible School is still the highlight of summer for countless children, and my first week of work I was invited to join the building Bible study group that meets during lunch on Fridays. (more…)

Ashley Who?

Last week I discovered the SiriusXM Pop2K radio station, and, after overcoming the initial shock that songs from my teenage years are now old enough to have a dedicated radio station that is not current hits, I’ve started listening primarily to it while driving. Admittedly, part of the reason I’ve suddenly become enraptured with Avril Lavigne’s “Complicated” and BeyoncĂ©’s “Crazy in Love” again is that Pop2K is number seven on my radio pre-sets, and that extra touch to get back to the screen featuring pre-sets one through six just seems like too much trouble most of the time. (more…)