Monthly Archives: February, 2016

What I Wore Sunday: Purple Polka Dots (Back in Action)

What I Wore Sunday, hosted by A Blog for My Mom

We are back in action!

I was sad that WIWS was declining so much, but I am delighted that Rosie from A Blog for My Mom is helping revive it this week! I’m also glad that I follow Kendra on Instagram, who tagged Rosie in her Insta post, and that I was scrolling my Insta feed at just the right time to see that and discover that Rosie would be hosting this week. Whew! The rabbit trails of the Internet are long and winding, dear readers.

What I Wore Sunday, February 28

Shirt and dress: Old Navy
Necklace: First Communion gift (still have it after all these years)
Tiny earrings: Claire’s, I think
Shoes: Payless

I usually cannot wear this dress during Lent because it’s not warm enough. So much for that. We’re still having very cold mornings and late nights, but the daytime is mild (or hot) (like salsa). I suppose the warmth to wear this dress balances out the purple sweater I accidentally ruined in the washer this weekend. The friend whose wedding I bought that sweater for is about halfway along with her third child, so it was probably retirement time. It also gives me an opportunity to expand my purple wardrobe. That is not the point of Lent, but I will take all opportunities to buy purple clothing that I can get.

In retrospect, I should have worn a longer necklace (or none) and picked shoe liners that don’t stick out so much. I don’t have kids, and my house is pretty clean, so we’ll call that the “keeping it real” factor of my WIWS posts.

We had Fr. Associate Pastor celebrating Mass (as usual), but Deacon R gave the homily. We have a deacon at basically every Mass, which is awesome, but they almost never preach. After stumbling upon some solid criteria for preaching, I was very pleased at the caliber of Deacon R’s. And I remembered to thank him for it on the way out!

The main thrust of Deacon R’s homily was that we are tempted to be good enough instead of being excellent. In the wake of massacres like the rampage of the Manson Family, September 11, and Sandy Hook, we know there is great evil in the world. Compared to those people, the rest of us seem like saints! Even the bad things we do are not that bad. However, that doesn’t make us any less culpable for our sins. Sins of omission are just as bad as sins of commission. (Side note: Those words are really hard to differentiate when speaking.) Sometimes, the problem is what you didn’t do. Watching someone drown or holding them underwater has the same result. Your sins are not mitigated just because other people’s are (or seem) worse.

The fig tree in the Gospel was a pretty healthy tree, as far as we can tell. It was growing, it was green, it was tall. Its only wrongdoing was not producing fruit. The people in St Paul’s letter who died under terrible circumstances weren’t worse than anybody else, but they weren’t better, either. “When was the last time,” he said, “that you went out of your way for someone else?” Food for thought.


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7 Quick Takes on Homilies, GTD, and First-Year Books

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Please, dear readers, listen to Fr. Mike Schmitz’s homily podcast! You can even listen on the Bulldog Catholic website through SoundCloud if you’re not into podcasts. I got this gem from the Second Sunday of Lent homily:

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In other podcast news, I am dabbling in Bishop Barron’s new Word on Fire Show. It’s interesting to hear Bishop Barron being interviewed as opposed to just preaching. He’s hitting some good topics, though. I liked Episode 3, “Qualities of Good Preaching.” According to the bishop, good preaching must be:

  1. Mystical
  2. Biblical
  3. Unnerving
  4. Converting
  5. Missional

I was glad to have the discussion framed in terms of preaching in general and not just preaching homilies. First, any Christian preacher should be able to speak that way, not just Catholic priests giving homilies. Second, I have grown comatose by hearing the same old attempts to “make Scripture relevant.” You’re never going to relate to the life of every person who might hear you preach. You don’t even know them! I feel like I would sit up and listen to preaching that gave me a mission, changed my heart, made me feel unsettled (and therefore desirous to re-settle), and brought heaven to Earth. That sounds like some good stuff.

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I gave Mike Vardy some grief about his first post about stopping GTD (here at Lindsay Loves and in his own comments section), so it’s only charitable that I respond to the rest of his series.

In Part 2, Mike’s reason for leaving GTD behind is that it’s too rigid. GTD is definitely a structured system. There’s no beating around the bush about that. I am inclined toward habits and routines and organization, so GTD is right up my alley. Learning to capture consistently has eliminated my forgetfulness! Once upon a time, I thought that was an immutable intellectual quality. No more.

Mike also highlights the importance of the Weekly Review. That’s key. Once I started doing it consistently (and, as I wrote about last week, doing it my way), I realized its power.

I still disagree with Mike, though. If you live with GTD’s definition of a project, your life is full of them, so of course GTD is project-based. I will grant that the GTD book is weak on higher-level horizons, but I hear the follow-up book Making It All Work resolves that disconnect. Now that I’ve gotten control of the lower levels, I have been feeling the itch to work on the higher levels. That’s part of what drew me to Productivityist!

Concerning Horizons of Focus, those are not the reason we GTD-ers keep lists. Humans keep lists because we have more things to remember than our brains can manage. You have a calendar, right? A calendar is a list!

“Brains are for having ideas, not holding them.” —David Allen

As far as GTD’s being “fragile” (the reason why-not from Part 3), I’m not sure what that means. It’s a pretty robust system, and it is possible to reset. In fact, the best strategy for starting (or restarting) GTD is to go back to Step 1 and do a “brain dump” of everything that’s on your mind. A system that can take in an onslaught of information like that doesn’t sound fragile to me.

GTD is not for everyone, but there’s a difference between “GTD has fundamental flaws” and “GTD did not work for me.”

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For a variety of reasons, I am taking the month of March off from my regular weekly West Coast Swing classes. On one hand, I’m glad to have a little breathing room, plus space for some other events on that night of the week. On the other hand, I’m going to miss it! I have a few other dance events in mind, but it is crazy how much I’ve grown to love this dance.

I went social dancing last weekend, and even when I wasn’t dancing, I actually enjoyed watching other really advanced dancers. My favorites are the dancers who look like they’re having fun. I’ve started smiling when I’m having fun because it makes my leaders smile. Then everyone wins!

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I like books. I am a educator by training. I am also black and female, which most “classic book” authors are not. So I was intrigued by the NYT’s Room for Debate on choosing first-year books. I had a first-year book: The Stakes, of which I read only the required chapters and not a word more. I don’t like politics, and I’m very picky about nonfiction anyway. I had to read The Ravaging Tide to teach it to my Honors 100 class, but I didn’t like it. I could not summarize either one for you today.

I recommend reading all the essays in that installment of Room for Debate, but I found “The Classics Transcend Time and Space” to be the best. I am sick and tired of hearing people tell me that I have to see someone who looks like I do, on screen or on the page, to be able to relate. Why should I be so shallow? If nothing else, reading about people who don’t look like me leads me to see how much we have in common (or don’t). MLK spoke of his desire for a world where his children would be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. Literary characters and I have plenty in common no matter who created them or who they are.

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There is nothing quite like going to Confession followed by going to the car wash to start off a Saturday morning. It was worth getting up early.

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Sherry Weddell emailed me last week. That’s the woman who wrote Forming Intentional Disciples, the book I reviewed for ATX Catholic and can’t stop thinking about. This brings my list of published authors who have contacted me up to 3, the others being Dawn Eden (best known for The Thrill of the Chaste) and Wendy Shalit (best known for A Return to Modesty). I feel like a tiny celebrity, particularly to religious women who write about religious and philosophical matters. That counts, right?


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Wunderlist and GTD: Subtasks, Stars, and Prioritization

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Wunderlist & GTD.

Here’s a little more about my GTD implementation: I use Wunderlist, but I don’t use subtasks or stars. I don’t generally find them useful. Your mileage may vary, but this is what works for me, at least for now.

Why I Don’t Use Subtasks

Most of the tasks for which I was using subtasks were really just checklists or poorly-defined Projects. Project planning is a part of GTD I’m still learning about. The Natural Planning Model makes sense, but I’m still working to apply it to my GTD implementation and my life.

How I used to use subtasks was by identifying something to do and then listing the steps needed to complete it. Those steps became subtasks. You can reorganize subtasks in WL, but you can’t add notes or due dates to them. (In the web app, there’s an automatic progress bar that visually displays completion status based on subtasks. It’s pretty.)

As I started to apply GTD in a more by-the-book fashion, I realized that I needed to add due dates to my subtasks. A major task like “Clean the house” had some subtasks that could be (or had to be) completed sooner than others. Even now, I sometimes don’t get around to mopping the kitchen floor until the day after I’ve swept it. (My roommates can walk on a recently swept floor, but not on a wet one.) That was my first clue that subtasks were not the way to go.

So I needed due dates, and that meant I just couldn’t use subtasks. The vast majority of my non-Someday/Maybe tasks have due dates. Not having dates just doesn’t work for me. What gets scheduled gets done.

I Use Lists Instead of Subtasks

I chose not to whine to Wunderlist about subtasks not having due dates but instead to turn my subtasks into tasks and use more lists.

Some of my major-tasks-that-needed-subtasks are ongoing or repeating: the aforementioned house cleaning, steps for recurring blog posts, and a few others. I turned those “major tasks” into full-blown lists in WL. Blog post checklists are amazing! Each task in the checklist has the its own due date and repeats on my desired schedule (every 2 weeks for the steps to write and schedule my ATX Catholic post before it gets published, every 2 weeks on the day the post goes live for publicity, etc.) That way, I can see what steps are overdue and when I should have done them without leaving the whole task incomplete and feeling like I haven’t cleaned the house at all, for example. GTD is as much about eliminating mental clutter and anxiety as it is about checking things off a to-do list.

For Projects, I keep a master Projects list and a separate list for each Project with tasks for that Project only. I don’t put dates on the tasks in each Project until I’m ready to schedule them (unless they are date-specific), but I do have a Next Action and a desired outcome identified for each Project Plan. (I use tags for that: #NA and #outcomes.) Like I said, I’m still working on project planning.

Wunderlist introduced folders after I created this system, so then I was able to group my checklists into a “Checklists” folder and Project Plans into a “Project Plans” folder. It makes my organizing heart happy.

Why I Don’t Use Stars

vintage photo of child playing with stars on a curtain

I tried using stars for a while, but I was just kidding myself. I’m not a predetermined prioritization kind of girl. Even David Allen himself is not a fan of prioritization. He recommends this prioritization system: don’t prioritize; but if you have to, do things first based on context, then time, energy, and priority (in that order). I’m not into assigning contexts, but I think that is the best prioritization scheme going.

Users throw a lot of shade at WL for not having complex prioritization tools. There’s only one built in: the star. Tasks can be starred or unstarred. There is a smart list for starred items. That’s it.

Honestly, I like that WL doesn’t have prioritization tools built in! When an app offers you 3, 5, or 7 priority levels (sometimes numbers, sometimes colors), it’s easy to waste time deciding what priority a task gets instead of actually getting anything done. Personally, my priorities change rapidly and unpredictably. I don’t want to waste time re-prioritizing my stuff. Context, time, and energy are much easier to assess as they change through the day.

Ages ago, I stopped using stars because they suffered the curse of familiar blindness. I don’t know if there’s a real technical term for that (there probably is), but the phenomenon I’m talking about is when you don’t notice something anymore because you see it all the time. This happens in my office frequently. We have cubby-style boxes in the mailroom with labels sorted vertically by last name. When people enter and leave the office (or the company), we shift the labels so there are no gaps. Just when I’ve gotten used to seeing mine on the bottom row, it moves up to the top. (I’m a W; I tend to be at the end of everything.) Sometimes I don’t notice for a day, but when I stop and look closely, I see it perfectly.

Therefore, although I used stars, I stopped actually seeing them. So they stopped working, and then I stopped using them. My priorities were shifting too often for them to be useful.

I Use the Today List Instead of Stars

GTD does not officially contain a daily review step, but almost every GTD-er I’ve encountered does one anyway. Once you get used to the Weekly Review, you realize that you need a less comprehensive review, too. So I review my list for each day first thing, last thing, and throughout the day. GTD says to look at your NA list. I use the Today list like that.

As mentioned, I schedule almost everything, so the Today smart list is my best friend. I spend most of my day looking at that list. Because it’s a smart list, it pulls together everything that is due today (or overdue) and sorts it all by list.

When I look at my Today list, I see items from my checklists, my Project lists, my Areas of Focus, and my Waiting For list. Everything is neatly sorted, and I even use emoji to pretty it up a little.

In actual practice, when I’m looking for something to do, I go to my Today list. First thing in the morning, I scan through the whole list to find what needs to be done today. I check off what I’ve already done. I reschedule what I know won’t be done today. (Sometimes I just remove the due date.) I’m reminded of things I planned to do today. It’s all right there.

My goal is to have nothing due or overdue by the time I head to bed. That doesn’t always happen, but at least I know.

“The only way you can feel peace about what you’re not doing is to know what you’re not doing.” —David Allen

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Not Alone Series: Reading List Recommendations

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We all enjoy new reading material, and this year a reading goal just may be on your list of goals. What book genre(s) do you like the most? Do you borrow books from your local library, purchase them for current and future reading, or do you read e-books? What are some books that you loved reading and that you would recommend?

Last year, I set my reading goal at 20 books and managed 29, thanks to several delightful children’s books. (Those totally count. I read them cover-to-cover!) My long-term goal is to be reading 30 books per year by 2025, so this year’s baby step is to read 21. After three consecutive years failing to meet ambitious goals, I’m better off setting lower ones and blowing through them. I keep track using Goodreads, which is how I know that I am unfortunately behind schedule for this year. Baby steps (and maybe baby books) are in order. Then again, we are 1/6 of the way through the year as of next Tuesday!

As a reviewer for ATX Catholic (formerly Austin CNM), I have to read about a book a month. I am aided in that task by the library and the glorious gift of review copies (a.k.a. ARCs or advance reading copies). Most are hard copies, although I do accept e-books for review. I’ve also checked out e-books from the library. Check with yours; it’s probably an option.

According to Goodreads, I’ve only ever purchased one e-book, and that was last month. (It was on sale, and I liked the free preview chapters a lot.) All my e-reading has to be done on the computer (which is awful) or on my phone (which is just okay). I compare my e-reading journey to my digital photo one. I own a digital camera, and I used it occasionally, but I started taking way more photos when I got a smartphone. I’m pretty sure my current phone camera has a higher resolution anyway. Similarly, I could see myself reading more if I owned a dedicated e-reader, but I’m good with paper books for now.

Between ATX Catholic and my never-ending love of books about teenagers with problems (not the teens themselves, mind you; just the books about them), I read mostly theology and YA dystopias. Sometimes they meet in the most intriguing ways, such as with the pro-life themes in Unwind and Bumped. As far as adult fiction with Catholic themes, I really liked Brideshead Revisited, and I loved The End of the Affair. I love Harry Potter, of course, and The Giver and Pride and Prejudice. Since finishing school, I’ve been able to read basically whatever I want, and that is a blessing in and of itself.

My reviews of the books recommended above:


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What brings you peace in your single life? Hobbies? Reading? Crafts?

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What I Wore Sunday: Black on Black

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I still have no idea what season it is. (Meteorologically. I’m good liturgically.) I’ve worn this outfit in real winter (well, real Austin winter) before, but this go ’round was just muggy and drizzly. My goal this week is to squeeze as much life out of my favorite cold-weather outfits as I can!

What I Wore Sunday, February 21

Blouse: Target
Skirt and shoes: Old Navy
Earrings: graduation pearls

I like this outfit because it’s incredibly easy to put together, it looks elegant without feeling like Super Fancy Times, and it lets me wear black on black without feeling too somber. I wanted to work in some purple, but I also wanted to be on time for church. Time won.

I also gave you a close-up of the sweet tuxedo stripe this skirt has. And look: pockets! Real pockets! Front and back! I happened not to need them, but I am so glad when I have them.

We had Fr. Pastor for the first time in a long time. I had to prepare my brain to listen for themes in a much longer homily than Fr. Associate Pastor’s ever are! He began by explaining that the Transfiguration occurs on a mountaintop because mountains are places of significant encounters with God’s presence. Like Peter, James, and John, both Moses and Elijah are remembered for their mountaintop experiences. (Side note: Bishop Barron’s “Priest, Prophet, King” series has a great session describing Elijah’s mountaintop moment.) I think he stuck with just those two because they’re the ones who appear in the gospel, although I would have appreciated a shout-out to the other key covenants in salvation history.

He went on to say that the apostles in particular experience a cloud, dazzling brightness, and a loud voice, which are also symbols of the presence of God throughout Scripture. Abram experiences those plus fire in the first reading; that occurred to me as Fr. Pastor was preaching.

He further made note of a “grammatical twist” in St. Paul’s letter that our citizenship is in heaven, not “will be.” That seems less like grammar to me and more like highlighting the “already but not yet” of the Transfiguration and the Abrahamic covenant. Abram received the promise way back in Genesis 15, but it wasn’t fulfilled until after the Resurrection. Jesus appeared in glory briefly on Mt. Tabor, but he wasn’t fully glorified until his Ascension (and the apostles didn’t understand it on Tabor, anyway). We live in anticipation of the glory of heaven since we’re not in heaven quite yet. We can bring a little bit of heaven to Earth, though. Grace helps with that.


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7 Quick Takes on Mercy, Expressing Needs, and Pocket Recs

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We have been working on getting higher-quality presentations for Spirit & Truth. Two Mondays ago, our speaker was Deacon Ron Walker, the chancellor for the diocese. He was talking mostly about the Year of Mercy, penance, and healing. Out of all the things he said, one struck me so much that I tossed it around in my mind to commit it to memory. Then I remembered the first step of GTD (Capture) and pulled out my phone to make sure I wouldn’t forget (and I never take notes on my phone at church).

When someone has wronged you, and you decide to show mercy, absorb the evil, and let it die in you.

So beautiful. That simple turn of phrase helped me to see showing mercy (especially to those who seem not to deserve it) as an act of sacrifice rather than some triumphant gesture.

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Deacon Ron’s phrase there was especially helpful for me since I’m struggling with how to participate in the Year of Mercy. I managed to memorize the revised translation of the Nicene Creed for the Year of Faith (also because I’m an adult and I memorize things all the time), and I reviewed Light of Love during the Year for Consecrated Life. But I struggle with mercy. I can do forgiveness. It’s not the Year of Forgiveness, though.

I’m warming up to Aleteia, and they threw me a bone with “56 Ways to Be Merciful During the Jubilee Year of Mercy”. You might find that list helpful, too.

I’ve mostly got #1 and #17 going, and I need to get back into #5. I already do #26, #35, and #56. Praying one decade of the rosary (à la #39) recently was extremely difficult for me, so that one sounds like crazy talk. All sound suggestions otherwise, though.

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I don’t obsess over my blog stats, but I do check them. My post about the concept of a dating fast got a big traffic spike on Valentine’s Day.

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Verily basically always kills it with articles about how to improve your love life. I was genuinely comforted by “Four Things to Remember If You Feel Awkward Expressing Your Needs”. Because I do feel awkward, and I do need to remember. This week, I love love loved “The One Skill Every Couple Needs to Learn Before Marriage”. The “one thing” is “how to express your needs.”

It’s like they’re reading my mind. I don’t like having relationship needs in the first place, let alone expressing them. Out loud. With real words and my actual voice and stuff. It makes me feel extremely uncomfortable and unromantic. But, as Zach Brittle points out in “The One Thing,” even if your partner is unable or unwilling to meet your needs, at least you know. Then, you can stop worrying and obsessing about the uncertainty. Not that I ever do such a thing; I hear other people do.

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When I think “Mass” and “Dave Brubeck,” I usually think of “Sing of the Lord’s Goodness.” I do not like that song. I will not sing it. I wait quietly for it to be over, and it’s hard to sing anyway. I find it difficult because I can’t figure out when to breathe, and there’s a reason for that: the melody is exactly the same as the piano and saxophone lines of Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five.” That is not a song about Jesus!

Now I have another association to make: apparently, Dave Brubeck composed a Mass. Like he’s Mozart! I find it amusing that he recorded it in Washington National Cathedral, which is an Episcopal church. (The Catholic cathedral is St. Matthew, and the giant one you’re thinking of is the National Shrine.)

The concept of a “jazz Mass” sounds awful, but its existence is an interesting novelty. I do love fun facts.

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I’m experimenting with the new recommendations feature in Pocket so that I can share excerpts without extensive commentary. When I have something substantial to say, I often post that in my 7QT. Sometimes, though, I just want to say I liked it, and I don’t want that confined behind a login like it is on Facebook or quite as ephemeral as Twitter.

So I turned on my recommendations page. I hope there will eventually be a widget I can use here at Lindsay Loves like I do for my Instagrams. If you’re curious about what I’m reading, check it out.

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It was another quiet week. I got in a couple of baby steps toward creating a life plan. Otherwise, it was business as usual.


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Not Alone Series: Parish and Community Involvement

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As a single lady, how do you find your niche in your parish, church, and community? How do you hope to expand your community this year? What are some suggestions for those of us looking for a way to find a community? Lent might just be the perfect time to try something new—what do you recommend?

I wrote about this in essay format in “I Am Single and Catholic, and I Matter”. When I wrote that, I was particularly frustrated with the complaints I hear about single people in the Church:

  1. “The Church needs to do more for single people.”
  2. “There’s nothing to do at church if you don’t have a spouse or kids.”
  3. “Don’t worry about the single people. We’ll get them when they’re ready to get married, or at least to have their babies baptized.”

In general, I don’t like complaining. I try not to. (Sometimes I fail.) It’s one thing to identify a problem when you don’t have a solution. It’s another thing to suggest an answer that gets ignored or never comes to fruition. It’s still another thing to point out problems for their own sake. That last one is the one I dislike the most.

Number 1 is the worst. When single people say “do more, Church,” what exactly are they looking for? Although I was involved in Catholic online dating for a while, I would steer clear of any kind of parish-affiliated singles group. I love young adult groups (which tend to be comprised of mostly single people), but to declare that a group is for singles is like stamping everyone who goes with a scarlet “S” and encouraging people to pair off fast and disappear once they’re coupled up. I already feel abandoned sometimes by my friends who have gotten married and left our young adult groups (even before they had kids). I don’t need to feel like I’m failing at being in a singles group because I’m not married and gone yet.

On the contrary, I keep myself busy defying Number 2. At my parish, I’m a lector, and I’ve joined adult Bible study on and off. We do topical studies for eight to twelve weeks at a time, which I like. By “adult,” we just mean that it’s not going to be geared toward children, teens, young adults, parents, couples, or retirees. Similar to my other activities, adult Bible study tends not to draw married adults who have young children at home, but they would be completely welcome. We do have some empty-nest couples, and our leader has one child at home and I think two in college, yet I feel welcome and appreciated as a single person.

One of the other Bible study members told me the last time we met that she particularly appreciates my presence. The same study is offered on Thursday mid-mornings (I go Wednesday nights), but that is all older people. No one else is free in that time slot! This lady said she’s been to that one before, but since all the people are so similar, the “discussions” turn into choruses of agreement. In our study, I don’t have much to offer concerning the way God loves us unconditionally like parents love their children, but I know plenty about drawing wayward souls back. Sometimes that soul is mine.

Number 3 is unfortunately not true. Maybe it was in the past, but it’s not today. I knew that even before I saw the stats in Forming Intentional Disciples. It’s more likely today that children who are raised Catholic (not that I’ve ever found a good definition of “raised Catholic”) will stop going to Mass by their mid-twenties and never return. It’s not even a 50/50 chance—more like 85/15. We’re hemorrhaging baptized Catholics. This is the one zone where I would say we need a revolution to get young adults back or make them want to stay. Youth ministry is fine because kids will go when their parents make them go. High school ministry has vastly improved. Campus ministry is doing okay, although not great. Young adult and marriage ministries are struggling. I say that as a young adult who is involved in ministry. The few baptized babies that make it through adolescence without leaving church (or who come back, like I did) face some hard work building the next generation.

The best advice I can offer is not to let your youth or singleness be held against you (1 Timothy 4:12). As Shauna Niequist is fond of saying, “You are significant with or without a significant other.” I definitely wish I were married by now, but since I’m not, I’ve struck out on my own. You can do the same. If you need a buddy, I might not be able to hold your hand in person, but you can always ask for my prayers.


Next week’s topic: Reading List Recommendations

We all enjoy new reading material, and this year a reading goal just may be on your list of goals. What book genre(s) do you like the most? Do you borrow books from your local library, purchase them for current and future reading, or do you read e-books? What are some books that you loved reading and that you would recommend?

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