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/