Greetings, one and all!
I’m Heather Barrett, a 30-something, single-at-the-moment, lay Catholic revert who lives in beautiful Dallas, Texas. I’m a librarian, an aspiring novelist, and all-around bibliophile. I’m a Lay Dominican for the Province of St. Martin de Porres. And I’m a practicing Catholic.
What does it mean to be a practicing Catholic? Basically, it means that I strive to live my entire life according to the teachings of Jesus Christ as handed down by the Catholic Church, through her Scripture and her Tradition, and through her popes and bishops descended from the twelve Apostles. “Strive” is the important word, because, believe it or not, I’m not perfect. The only perfect Catholics are those already in Heaven, who have been made perfect by the grace of God. We on earth are striving to arrive there ourselves, and striving to be the holiest people we can be at every given moment.
It’s never easy… hence, it really does take “practice”! It takes going to Mass every Sunday and Holy Day. It takes making use of Confession and Holy Communion. It takes reading or listening to Scripture. It takes prayer and fasting. It takes knowing God, loving God, and cooperating with God in every possible way. It takes submission and obedience. It takes realizing that I am not the be-all and end-all of anything. I am a creature very much dependent on her Creator.
But Catholic is not just a laundry list of things I need to do–it’s what I am. It’s what I am through and through, whole-heartedly, unabashedly, inwardly and outwardly, publicly and privately, whether it makes me popular or unpopular. I could no more be “not Catholic” than I could be “not woman” or “not brown-eyed” or “not white.” That’s a full, conscious choice and commitment I’ve made.
I am 100% faithful to the Holy Father, to my bishop, and to everything they hold and teach. There is not one single thing in the Catechism of the Catholic Church that I do not assent to and obey to the best of my ability. And when I mess up, I get to Confession as soon as possible!
You’ll read quite a bit about the great Sacrament of Confession in this blog, along with a variety of musings and experiences from my life as a practicing Catholic on her way to Heaven. You’ll get some commentary on current events and the secular world. You’ll read about the trials and heartaches of being Catholic and single. You’ll read about the joys and challenges of being a Dominican. You’ll read the occasional post on arts, science, or history, and on things I’ve read, watched, or listened to. You’ll find a fun and/or random post here and there. And, as needed, prayer requests.
I love to try to pass on things I’ve learned and done. I love to share my faith as I experience it and understand it. In fact, as a Dominican, it is part of my duty and calling to “share with others the fruits of my contemplation.” At the same time, I know very well that I have a lot to learn, and I try to speak only about what I know. I’m never above being corrected, so long as it is done charitably, knowledgeably, and by somebody I can reasonably trust. I also know that there are times when my zeal for the faith may somewhat outrun my sense of charity… I know that this is a flaw in my nature, and I am never above apologizing, either! But I also stand firm by what I believe to be true. “Veritas” is the motto of my Order. Christ Himself is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Please note: This is my personal blog, and I do not speak for the Catholic Church or for the Dominican Order in any official authoritative capacity.
Thank you for visiting The Practicing Catholic. I hope you enjoy it! I welcome your comments, suggestions, recommendations, prayer requests, news tips, corrections, or anything else you’d like to send me!
God bless you!