Monday, September 18

Hello from the Ghost Blog

Hello everyone! I got a comment today asking if everything was Ok with me, so I thought I'd give a quick note telling everyone how I am.

Let's see, where was I? Oh yeah ... after a couple of months of church hopping and a month at the Tridentine Mass, I started going to the Cathedral every week. It's a nice church. I still hate going to confession there because the priest doesn't speak hardly any English. But the masses are Ok.

This week, I didn't feel like dealing with the parking garage down at the Cathedral, so I went to St. Jude Chapel for the first time in 2-3 months. Things were ... a little better than last time I went. The chapel was pretty full this time, the cantor was back (apparently she had been on some kind of European tour), and the priest kept it to one joke in his homily. I just hate going into the Nicene Creed after the priest ends the homily on a joke. And not a very funny joke. He transitioned from suffering into a long spiel about the yearly CCA fundraiser. The "goal" of the fundraiser is to raise $53,000. Whatever they don't raise comes straight from the chapel coffers. I hate that the diocese puts that kind of pressure on that little chapel. Last year they threatened to shut down the chapel if there wasn't enough money. There was a generous donor who came through in a pinch to cover almost all of the debt (who, by the way, is no longer there), but it's scary to think the diocese could pull that stunt again.

On personal news, my husband broke his arm a few weeks ago in a bicycle accident, but it looks like he's healing fine. My job is still eh, but what are you gonna do, you know? I have been accepted into the MBA program at Texas A&M Commerce - Universities Center campus, but I have to wait until my job stabalizes to start taking classes - apparently a year and a half of "special projects" has made my job very unstable. Every time I start a project, I'm told "We're not sure what we're going to do with you when this is over." I'm ready for them to say "We know you're Special Projects, so we won't worry about your job we'll just keep you."

My spiritual life is very quiet. I do my day to day things, but it doesn't permeate my life like it did when I was investigating. I know it is right, and right for me, and I pray and do what I am supposed to do. I go to church every Sunday, although I haven't gone to a Daily Mass in weeks, not like I did when I first was baptized. I have a side hobby now which occupies much of my Internet time, so I don't get on the Catholic boards much.

My husband and I are still delightfully happy, and he's still very sweet. Today it started raining after Mass started, and my husband walked down to the chapel with an umbrella so I wouldn't have to walk home in the rain. My husband rocks.

Anyway, so I'm not dead. Just quiet. :)


At 2:08 AM, Anonymous Victor said...

Glad to hear that you're alive. Keep your time - I'm sure you're going to tell us when something worth a notice happens...

At 12:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

glad to hear you are alive and well =)

At 9:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like you are content.

Happiness is fleeting, like a butterfly's kiss but contentment can last forever.

At 6:42 PM, Anonymous John said...

Side hobby? Do tell.

At 10:05 AM, Anonymous jordan harris said...

hello.. i'm a former protestant who lost faith after prayer seemed ineffective.. i felt isolated (i was living in a third world country at the time and didn't have many friends).. and the loss of my grandmother.. i turned to agnostacism and alcohol in my late teens.. and was brought out of recklessness and the lack of faith by a mormon girl who i still love but am no longer seeing technically.. i'm investigating her church.. and it seems the more i do the more i feel.. what things as a former member can you caution me of? i only have an outsiders view, and worry about committing to something that i can not stay with for my whole life..
i am grateful for any time you can spare...

At 11:52 AM, Blogger Equality said...

jordan harris,

There is a thread at a discussion board for agnostic Mormons who are still connected to Mormonism where someone in a similar situation has posted. It can be found at

You can also find lots of links to information about Mormonism at my blog, Equality Time. It can be found at I would recommend that you start your info quest at the links in my left sidebar under the title "Uncorrelated Viewpoints." You might also consult the list of blogs by disaffected or ex-Mormons that I have listed as well as discussion boards like Further Light and Knowledge (

At 10:06 AM, Anonymous Atlantic said...


I stumbled across your blog some time ago and I was intrigued by your posts on the Trinity. here's a commnet of mine (made ona Protestant blog in conversation with a Mormon), and a link to a chapter on the subject by Catholic apologist Frank Sheed. I hope these help!

At 3:31 AM, Blogger Laura H. said...

The diocese has done that to all of the parishes. I forget what our goal is (something like four or five times what the chapel has to come up with) but I know it's huge and after asking for so much money already, our pastor is stressed too. It's horrible that they do it that way but when I think about it... how else are they going to get it? I guess I don't really understand it all but we can all see what a huge burden it is on all of the parishes of our diocese.

It's good to know you're alive and well. Maybe one day you'll come back to us on a more full-time basis... in the meantime you have my prayers. :)

At 12:58 PM, Anonymous Patrick said...

Hi Cynthia. I came across your blog while searching for the Mark Twain quote "chloroform in print." LOL. I'm not and never have been Mormon, but my girlfriend is one. She followed her family into the Mormon church about 30 years ago. Long story. The very good news is that she is coming out of it, step by step. Not an easy thing, as you probably know. She raised her children Mormon, and her oldest son recently did a mission in Mexico, and is rather fervent. She also has a couple of nephews doing mission in south America. So, her return to Catholicism is difficult. We pray a Rosary together almost every day, and she says it herself when we can't be together for it. I ask you to please mention her in your own prayers, her name is Joanne. Thank you, and God bless you.

At 9:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Although you don't appear to be here much anymore, I just found your blog the other day. I can't even remember how.

Anyway, I am a lapsed Catholic married to an active Mormon. He had not so much left the church as simply wasn't practicing when we met, but a serious illness sadly renewed his faith. It's far from easy being in this type of inter-faith marriage and harder still as we have a child.

I had no particular comment, but enjoyed what little of your blog that I have read. There seems to be so little goodwill on the internet, that I just wanted to say hello and let you know I will be checking by periodically in hopes of updates.

Be well.


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