How are ya today?
I’m doing great! I’m actually on my way to the airport! I know – this has been the summer where I’ve lived out of an overpacked and disheveled suitcase. This time I’m headed out to Utah! I’m going out West to celebrate my birthday with my best gal pals!
**Real time Update** We saw Henry Cavill in the security line!!!!! *swoon*
We’re going to go hiking, and jet skiing, go to a couple concerts, drink wine and eat yummy food! Along with a couple other super secret adventures that I’ll tell you about later 😉 I can’t wait to take you on the adventures with me! I’ll be sharing videos like I did in Spain…only this time I promise I won’t use that ridiculous butterfly filter! haha
This is the same group of gals I went to Iceland with last year at this time! We’re officially making it a tradition to travel together in the summer! Yay for friends and letting people in! 🙂
But today was extra special because I was interviewed on a podcast this morning! It’s called the Among the Lilies podcast, and gosh, what a joy and honor to chat with Cameron! I would highly highly recommend the pod. It’s a show for ladies who are “tired of pretending and ready to be real.” (But gents, don’t feel like you can’t listen too! All are welcome!) It’s a raw, honest and super entertaining podcast about life as a Christian in today’s crazy world. We had a fabulous conversation, and I am so so SO excited to share it with you when it comes out in a couple weeks!
I want to just thank everyone for such kind and supportive words after Monday’s post. I was pretty nervous to share such intimately personal stuff, so thank you for loving me and accepting me with open arms. Truly, I was humbled and so touched by your love.
So for tonight’s post, I was planning on responding to the Pope’s Letter that he released in response to the overwhelming number of new allegations of abuse that have been brought to light here recently, this week.
To say that my heart is completely broken and shattered for the victims would be an understatement. Additionally, to say that my heart is also incredibly angry and full of deep disappointment and disgust at the authorities in the Church and the way they’ve handled this atrocious scandal would also be a gross understatement.
And I’m going to be honest, I have really struggled with coming up with the words to address it. Frankly, I don’t really have anything “nice to say” and I’m truthfully still trying to wrap my mind around the how, and the why, and the gravity of the scandal and aftermath.
And instead of just complaining or spewing harsh comments, born from a place of intense anger, thus merely adding to the noise, I’m going to just take it to prayer until I have something constructive that can actually add to the conversation.
Because at the end of the day, it all comes down to the dignity of the human person, and how sadly, these perpetrators completely violated that dignity. The dignity we possess simply because we are daughters and sons of God. The dignity that, as priests, they had the obligation to protect and hold in the highest esteem. The dignity that the Catholic Church as a whole, has always stood for and fought for, in its social outreach programs and decrees, etc., and yet has grossly failed to respect among the most vulnerable, within its own four walls.
It is abhorrent.
And as maddening and befuddling and seemingly complacent the Pope’s response was, I’m going to choose to hold my tongue until I can better and more fully understand his position.
After Monday’s post, I ended up getting a lot of comments and questions about lots of eating disorder related topics. But one comment I kept receiving specifically was about the notion of Body Positivity, or the “BoPo” movement, and what it really meant. They saw that I tagged a couple of my photos on Instagram with that hashtag, so what the heck does it mean?
Well, I actually wrote piece about it two years ago. And the podcast version of it randomly popped up in shuffle this morning. And it reminded me, not only of my roots of this blog, but also about the dignity that you and I possess, and how far I’ve come in my journey to recognize and claim that dignity in my own body. And it really gave a stark juxtaposition, given the recent abuse scandal, and the disregard of that inherent worth, by the people who should be protecting it.
So tonight, I invite you to do two things: take a listen, or read that post – it was truly one of my favorites for a lot of different reasons. And 2) if you haven’t read the Pope’s response to the abuse allegations, take some time to read it. It is long, very wordy, and will leave you feeling all sorts of feelings…frustration and outrage were some of them for me.
My dad, being the saint he is, and knowing how discouraged the Pope’s response left me, sent me another really interesting response, by bible scholar and theologian Ted Sri. Feel free to take a read.
That’s all for now.
See ya tomorrow morning on the Podcast!
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