Introducing My New Blog: The Female Chestertonian

Hi everyone, and a Happy Mardi Gras from New Orleans! Just wanted to let you guys know I have started a new, faith-based blog: The Female Chestertonian.

If you drop by here often, you might have read a mention to the fact that I am a person of strong faith. I was born and raised Catholic, and nothing is more important to me than my relationship with Christ.

I love discussing writing, of course. And that’s not going to change. I don’t know how often I will publish on the Female Chestertonian, but I have no intent to interrupt or alter my regular schedule here on crimsonleague.com: Sundays and Wednesdays.

I enjoy creative writing because I feel as though the themes and the stories I create bring me closer to God, help me to examine who I am and what my shortcomings are, and maybe ( I hope) might bring someone else who reads them to do the same thing.

Lately, though, after what success I’ve had here, I’ve felt in my heart that I needed to start another blog: one explicitly about the Church. If you are interested:

WHY I STARTED “THE FEMALE CHESTERTONIAN”

The purpose of my new blog is to try to demystify Catholicism and to contemplate the spiritual traps that we as Western Catholics often fall into, in the hopes of helping us all avoid them and to lead holier lives more centered around Christ and his call to put God above all things and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Maybe a misinformed non-Catholic will grow to understand what the Catholic Church truly believes and teaches, or be inspired to seek out official resources such as the Catechism, putting aside his or her misconceptions. Maybe practicing Catholics will be inspired, as I pray I will be, to self-reflection and self-improvement.

It is NOT the purpose of the “Female Chestertonian” to focus on hot button issues or start controversy. Its focus will be the basics of Catholicism: what we do, what we believe, and why.

The blog’s title is a tribute to Gilbert Chesterton, commonly called “The Apostle of Common Sense.” His writings, especially “Orthodoxy” and “The Everlasting Man,” helped me maintain and even grow my faith during a time when I felt it assaulted around every corner in American academia. Chesterton reassured me that while the truths the Catholic Church teaches cannot often be proven, they are intellectually sound and that I am not foolish for accepting them as such.

This is not a blog everyone will be interested in following, and I wouldn’t expect everyone to be. I just wanted to extend an invitation, in case you might want to join on my journey as a faith.

My first post is up, explaining why Catholics fast: http://femalechestertonian.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/why-catholics-fast/

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21 responses to “Introducing My New Blog: The Female Chestertonian

  1. MY HEART IS LITERATELY RAPIDLY POUNDING FROM EXCITEMENT.
    I did not know you’re Catholic and I LOVE Chesterton!! I shall go follow and spread the word!

    • YEA!!!! So excited to start this journey with you, Joan. Chesterton really is amazing. His writings have done SO MUCH for me….

      • I still have many of his works on my to-read list…I’m having one of those “So why CAN’T I just quit life, become a hermit* in a remote personal library, and just read and write and pray?”

        *with internet access of course.

        I would love to spend Lent in that manner…though I’m not sure how much of a sacrifice it would be! haha.

  2. What an awesome thing to do!
    I hope you don’t mind if a respectful Mormon pops in occasionally and reads as well. Our religions both share many of the same values, and I appreciate reading different perspectives on the same concerns.

    • You are very, very welcome Trish!!!! I think it is wonderful when people of different faiths share their experiences. I really hope people from all kinds of faith backgrounds drop by. My only request is that we all treat other with respect, and I know you would never be a troll. You’re too kind!

    • I get so paranoid about how hard it is to read tone into comments online…. I just want to make sure you don’t think I was giving a warning to you about being disrespectful because I know you would never be! I was just trying to make sure anyone else who reads this post knows that I want to foster the kind of environment where Mormons and Catholics and anyone can have genuine and “safe” discussions :-)

  3. Victoria, I totally understand. Once religion gets introduced into anything, some people take that as a signal to release the attack hounds, and things easily get out of hand–usually because someone decides they will choose to be offended, on either side of the debate.
    Personally, I decided years ago to never be offended (and seeing that I’m a Mormon, lots of people have given it a worthy go; I just ignore them). However, you’re absolutely right: when those who respect each other get together to discuss their values and concerns, a wonderful environment can develop, and everyone can walk away uplifted.

  4. Protestant here, though I respect Catholics and their traditions. I have a similar thought about my writing. The Darkness Trilogy is actually meant to be a long study in the concept of morality, the basis for good and evil, the limits of human endeavour (especially in terms of absolute goodness), and how a sovereign and holy God could ever allow evil to happen. The last part is barely visible if at all in the first book, but as the series goes on it becomes more clear.

    I won’t call it a Christian series, because even though it mirrors my own views on God, it approaches all the questions from the side of logic and firmly grounded belief, instead of simply “it is” statements that while they may work for some Christians, it does not for me.

    • Sounds really cool! I tend to really like literature like that, literature with a deep foundation meant to make me think :-) Especially about the good/evil question because it is so complex and so difficult.

      • I somewhat dodge the good/evil question in Darkness Concealed by making the evil so darkly and abhorrently evil that there is no redeeming quality. Meanwhile, the good guys are generally good to each other and to society as a whole, with some of the nastiest things that happen in the entire world being basic greed and thievery.

        …I might have a lot of fun muddying the black/white morality waterpool when I write the sequel. ;)

  5. I am also Mormon, at least “on the books.” I say this, because I have several theological differences of opinion. I haven’t been to church in over a year because I feel like a hypocrite, but I do have many great friends that I miss not seeing there. I have strong feelings as a Christian, but I am also very liberal politically, and it is a source of contention with conservative Christians Yet many of the liberals are atheists, and that is hard for me too..So, I will probably stop by, because it is good to discuss issues like this I think. Thanks, Victoria! :)

    • You are always welcome, Rebecca! :-) I didn’t know you have a history with the Mormons. One of my dear friends from Chicago is Mormon and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met!

      • I don’t know how familiar you are with Mormonism, but my great-grandmother came across the plains with Brigham Young in 1856 as an original pioneer. She came across with her older sister and both parents from England. Both parents died along the trail. When she and her sister arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah, she had frostbite and had to have both feet amputated. There is a monument, a statue, or her in the college in Cedar City, Utah where she settled and raised her family. It is quite a story of sacrifice. There has been much written about her within the church and I don’t know much more than what I have read myself, and there is no one left that can tell me. It is an inspiring story though… :)

        • Wow, that really is an incredible story!!!! I am not incredibly familiar with Mormonism but I did know about Brigham Young and that migration to Utah. WOW.

  6. Isn’t it funny how paranoid we get when the subject of our faith arises. I think you are doing a very brave thing. I often shout my faith from the rooftops (not really but you know what I mean) and if people don’t like it, oh well. I love Jesus, and am thankful for everything he’s done in my life. Although I would never knock other peoples religion. In my opinion, if they have faith they are more like me than people who are atheists. Plus I’m fascinated by different religions. What their beliefs are, if where they were born impacts their religious beliefs, etc. This new blog is a great idea. I hope to learn a lot from different perspectives.

    • It really is funny. I get so paranoid sometimes!!! I just try to remember how Christ warned that following him isn’t easy and it does lead to the world’s rejection. That’s no excuse for not claiming and living my faith.

      I agree that we can learn from people who believe differently than us. And I agree it is important to respect the views of others who feel differently, in that we shouldn’t ridicule others or judge ourselves superior.

      I think open and honest and respectful conversion can really open someone’s heart to Christ. That won’t happen if we think we are better than other people. If there is one thing true Christianity holds, it is that we are all sinners and none of us is better than anyone else.

  7. I can’t wait to read more. I love reading blogs of people with faith and religion, especially as a Christian myself. I appreciate it when people are brave enough to put their morals out there, open to criticism, and draw closer to God. Good for you, Victoria. My admiration for you only increases with every blog post!

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