Sunday, March 18, 2018

a week of coding, compassion & Catholicism (03-18-2018 update)

Although the next 7 weeks are likely to involve the three areas of coding, compassion & Catholicism, this week felt particularly noteworthy, if for no other reason, then the alliteration it gives the blog title.

My building websites from scratch course is still going strong, it is all consuming, as in consumes most of my free time at the moment. Free time is defined as time I am not at work, studying the Bible, or sleeping. Yes, I do still sleep, just not enough probably.

Compassion. I've been trying to cultivate this one for years. Building a relationship with God has increased my capacity for compassion 10 fold. Yes, I still have moments of anger and disappointment and general dislike for the human race (which includes myself) but the moments are less prevalent in my life as they were before. Every time I strengthen my relationship with God, through prayer, meditation, study and works, the compassion grows inside me taking over the dark depression spots. The latest expedition into compassion has been leading a weekly non-violent communication study group with my parents. Apart from my Tuesday night bible study this is the highlight of the week. Growing closer and cultivating compassion with ones parents has got to be one of the most fulfilling things one can do. Possibly a reason one of the 10 Commandments is honour your mother and father.

And Catholicism. This may seem like an unexpected addition to the Andrea-verse but I assure you, it is a long time coming. Those who have known me through the past few years (or have kept up with this blog) know I have a thing for going all in when it comes to things I love. Well God is one of those things and to be honest, I'm almost ashamed to admit it, I don't really know anything about Catholicism, other than I grew up Protestant and that makes us different somehow save that whole loving and worshiping Jesus thing.

Since we are all in the body of Christ, I kind of feel we are on the same side despite a history of killing and pipe bombing each other. I don't get it. And I want to understand it. So picked up and read a book this week called "Rome Sweet Home" by Scott & Kimberly Hahn. The Hahns are a (now) Catholic couple, raised Protestant Evangelical who through study and trial came to believe there is something to the doctrine of Catholicism. The book records their journey to Catholicism as it happened from both of the couple's perspectives. I read the book in two days, it was a page turner for me. Mostly because I could relate to a lot of what they were searching for in the story and there has always been a part of me that craves the ritual that Catholicism seems to bring to the faith. And no I can't explain that craving but I do love solitude, prayer & meditation.  I really do not know enough about the differences between Catholicism and Protestantism and as I'm a curious gal who loves to research, this seems like the next Andrea adventure. Other than website building of course :)

So until next week, may peace, love, and blessings fill your week xo

Photo credit: The lovely Natasha :)

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