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In fact, we barely do our jobs.
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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Paul and Layla: Amateur Catholics

I hope it's not cheating to cram two people into one email, because I am -- but we both write the same blog, so it should work, right?

My name is Paul, and I'm an amateur Catholic. In fact, I don't even go to a Catholic college -- so not only do I not get paid to be Catholic, I don't pay to be Catholic either. Not surprisingly, I don't get paid to talk, either. However, if I tried, I could probably get paid to shut up, because I talk a lot; it runs in my family. And for some reason, people (around here) get nervous about you talking when you say things like, "magisterium" or "well, that's EVIL," or use phrases like "the Protestant heresy." I'm a cradle Catholic, took 12 years of Catholic school, and spent the latter of those years arguing with squishy religion teachers who acted like they were allergic to the Truth. I've always taken the faith seriously, but there's been something that's really clicked the last year or so, largely having to do with the woman I love deciding to convert. Nothing says "boy, you need to kick it up a notch" like the fact that your Protestant-raised girlfriend has taught herself almost (not quite, but almost) as much about the faith in a few months as you picked up in the past 20 years.

Layla is even more amateur than I am, because she's not even a fully initiated Catholic yet, at least for another month. Normally, you expect Catholic guys to grow up, and if they don't become priests, to find some nice Catholic girl to marry, and settle down and have a family. It's that whole "be fruitful and multiply" thing. See, my family never got that particular memo. We got one that jumbled "be fruitful and multiply" together with "make disciples of all the nations," so we don't just marry cute Catholic girls, we find cute Protestant girls, turn them into cute Catholic girls, and THEN marry them. Layla doesn't go to a Catholic college either, but somehow she puts up with me talking, which given our blog traffic is more than most people can do. We run In Veritate Ambulare (http://brpmilesblog.blogspot.com).
I hope it's not cheating to cram two people into one email...

No Paul, it's not cheating, but it is rather amateurish. I guess that means you're in (both of you). Welcome to the B-Team and welcome Layla to the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.

Julie: Invertebrate Ambulance? ;)

6 Comments:

At 3/22/2006 9:40 AM, Blogger Julie D. said...

No, no ... veritably ambulatory! :-D

 
At 3/22/2006 10:23 AM, Blogger Layla said...

Thanks for (both) the welcome(s)!

I'm not quite sure that Invertebrate Ambulance is exactly what Pope St. Pius V had in mind (we picked this name because we couldn't find the motto Bishop Miles (1st bishop of Nashville) adopted, and he took the name Pius, after Pius V, when he took the Dominican habit), but I like it. (And how amature is that--we have to play 6 Degrees of Separation to explain our blog's name!)

 
At 3/22/2006 11:18 AM, Blogger Julie D. said...

Ah well, some Latin names just stick in your mind the wrong way ... which was why Rick linked to that post of mine. For instance, as some people pointed out about Flos Carmeli ... it just naturally translates to Floss Caramel.

Just a few more amateurish hijinks! :-D

 
At 3/22/2006 11:21 AM, Blogger Rick Lugari said...

But you have to admit Tradional Radishes (Traditio in Radice) rules. ;)

 
At 3/22/2006 1:28 PM, Blogger Julie D. said...

True, one of my favorite variations!

 
At 3/22/2006 4:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Invertebrate Ambulance" - sort of 911 for octopuses???

Yes; very good.

And did you know there are THREE plurals for octopus:

octopuses (English)
octopi (Latin)
octopodes (Greek)

 

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