My most popular posts of 2014 fall into one of two categories: dating or mantillas.
I can’t blame you at all for that because both are endlessly fun to talk about. But still, rather than a list of my most popular posts this year, I thought I’d share my favourite posts of 2014. These are the posts I really enjoyed writing, the ones I’m actually proud of or had fun putting together.
And yes, the first one is about dating!
Inspired by the incredible Arleen Spenceley, this was the second most popular post I wrote this year. (The first was 40 Catholic Pick-Up Lines if you’re wondering!) It clearly hit a nerve. That’s because young women are so sick of being the “boundary-keepers” of relationships. We don’t want to be the chastity-police.
I had enormous fun putting together this list, marrying every Irish stereotype in the universe with my own experiences of Ireland and the Irish. Buzzfeed would be so proud.
Often, I write to process my thoughts and to understand what I’m actually feeling. This was one of those posts. I wrote most of it in a postgrad theology class on the Trinity. I have no idea what the class was about (Arianism? The filioque?) but I’ll never forget the sickening pain of realising my brothers and sisters were being persecuted — and believing I couldn’t do a damn thing about it.
Except I could.
I wrote this sitting on a cold bathroom floor in a Melbourne hotel at about 5am. Classy, I know. It all started with a rant in my head about people thinking St Therese of Lisieux was all sweetness and sentimentality. But she’s not. Beneath that rosy exterior is the strength and passion of a fearless martyr. In her, the rose and the fire are one.
This was a slightly cheeky post on my part but I think I had a serious point: the “problem” for the 16th Century Protestant Reformers are not the problems of most Protestant Christians today. So why isn’t the Reformation over?
There you have it: five posts I enjoyed writing this year.
I hope you enjoyed reading them, lovely readers and more importantly, I hope you God will bless you with every good thing in this 2015. Thank you for all your support and encouragement.
I love you all loads and then some!