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About meI am a Catholic Christian, married woman in my prime. I am a professional musician (Piano Teacher and Liturgical Musician); an avid reader; a fan of great art, coffee, chocolate, and cats! I am passionate about my faith. I adore Jesus and love worshiping Him. I am so anchored in Christ, my faith ideas probably seem conservative, but my heart for persons is very open! I enjoy hearing people's stories whatever path they are currently traveling.

About my libraryMy library consists of approx. 1K books and 1K recordings. I am just beginning to catalog my books here. I have yet to see if I can catalog my recordings here.

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Favorite authorse. e. cummings, T. S. Eliot, Kij Johnson, Leo Tolstoy (Shared favorites)


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Currently readingMidcentury by John Dos Passos
The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage by Paul Elie
St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Francis of Assisi: With Introductions by Ralph McInerny and Joseph Pearce by G. K. Chesterton
The French Revolution: A History (Modern Library Classics) by Thomas Carlyle
Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life (Oxford World's Classics) by George Eliot
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The whole era of the second half of the 20th century (everything from post-WWII through 9/11[2001]) feels in my bones like a discarded rebound-lover. What difference have those 50-60 years made to the world? Oh, I know there has been all kinds of technological advancement, all kinds of discoveries, all kinds of "achievements," but still, what difference has it made to the world, for the world? Has our wisdom deepened or broadened? Has our charity blossomed and produced new seed? Of course, this is not a factual declaration. This is a personal expression of my sense of futility in the world, pervasive futility thriving throughout any apparent productivity/ utility. In fact, I think (I feel, I believe) the world goes astray (away from life, from living) when we focus on utility, on usefulness. Who was it that said "in wildness in the salvation of the world"? I think it was Thoreau? For me, part of the goodness of "wildness" is in seeing and treasuring the beauty of that which we can't control and that which we refuse to exploit. I.e. the essence of "wildness" is in "just" being. But I'm rambling. I started this comment because I've been reading many books over the past 6 months whose authors harken back to post-/WWII and grapple with the confusion/ chaos/ meaninglessness of today's forgetting and apathy. (Books by Kundera, Kaniuk, Mary Rakow, Amy Rowland, and more... I'll try to get around to writing a review for each book.). What I want to record here today is my feeling of abandoned rebound-lover. Mostly I'm thinking about the Holocaust and how, for a while, the world thought "that will NEVER happen again; we won't forget; we won't let that happen again.". And yet, we did. We forget, we deny, we let atrocities happen. New and old holocausts emerge and re-emerge. So why does hope persist? For myself, I will have to answer that another day, because today I am grieving the forgetfulness of humanity.
I meant to say in my last statement that I am NOT aware of a book on all the religious orders at the moment...hehe
Happy and Blessed Easter to you as well. Thanks for your kind words about my post on the Eucharist, I really love the Faith.

Ok about your question concerning history and information about different religious orders in the Church I have a few starting points for you.

Here are a couple of pages that have some information on only a few of the more popular religious orders in the Catholic Church:



Again these pages do have some good information but not a comprehensive treatment of each one but only some good stuff.

This next site I recommend to you if you have a particular order that you know of and wish to look up more detail/history about that particular order:

Under the encyclopedia tab just type in the name and search it. This website called New Advent is a wonderful online Catholic resource, and has an older version of the Catholic Encyclopedia which can be a great resource for you.

My best idea about where you can find up to date information on all the different religious orders in the Church would be to purchase a "Catholic Almanac" published by Our Sunday Visitor. They publish one every year and have the most up to date information concerning all religious orders male and female. Here is a link for the most current one:

They have a section in this book which lists all of the Religious Orders Male and Female each order has listed a date when it was founded and by whom and then directs you to the official website of that particular order.

As far as one volume books treating of this issue I am aware of one at the moment, but do let me know if you find out if one does exist.

May God continue to bless you and draw you into His resurrected life+
daniel wilson
Doing major de-cluttering. I'm even going to sift my books!!!! I've been willing to do that before only when moving. I think I'll give ALL PAPERBACKS, anything I know I'd never re-read, and anything I don't like anymore to my local library for their sale... We'll see how much I actually part w/ when the time comes. I'm hoping I can be "ruthless"!!!
Trying to read Bassani's "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and Jamison's "Touched with Fire," but I can't keep at either one very long. I'm in the mood for an intense, compelling STORY! Sigh!
Added Nassim Taleb's book to my Wishlist because I heard him speak on Nightly News. I liked his perspective, and want to learn more.
Note to self: The Rapture Exposed by Rossing. Check this out sometime. Read member reviews 090325. Sounds interesting. LT module predicts I won't like it! But I want to check out various views on topic.
Hm. You could look at the use of fable as a story telling device. And other than that, nothing's really coming to mind. It's been years since I read Fox Woman.
Hi! Thanks for the Friend request. I'm afraid I don't know of where to find any good discussion questions for "The Fox Woman", but I'll definitely keep an eye out for you.
Unfortunately I haven't had a chance to read Fox Woman yet. Sorry I can't help you out with your discussion!
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