Why one nun keeps a skull on her desk

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You're listening to the crosswalk with deacon Kevin Andrews a show about living life at the intersection of faith, family and vocations. And now your host deacon Kevin good afternoon. Thanks for tuning into the crosswalk today here on the radio network. I'm your host deacon Kevin Andrews. So if you're at home, if you're at work here in your car, just want to again, take the time to to think you for being a part of the bigger radio family in join us here on the show today. We're kind of picking up on that theme of vocations again, picking up from where we left off last week with our interview with other Kyle Manno the priests with a Mike in change in tunes a little bit and my guest today. Joining me by phone sister, Teresa leitheid noble. She is a daughter of Saint Paul and she has a skull on her desk as a memento Mori a reminder of her inevitable death. The ancient practice of remembering death recommended by scripture in many church fathers, and countless census changed her life and lead. To greater peace in union with God. She tweets about memento Mori at her Twitter account at pursued by truth. She is the author of remember your death. Memento Mori journal available now on Pauline dot org. And she has other book. Remember your death? Memento Mori lenton devotional that will be coming out this lent. Sisterly thea. Welcome to the crosswalk. Thanks so much for having on taking. Yeah. So before we get into the what the momentum Maury, and what that is. I think it's important. It's a great story that you have of your journey of faith because you are once in eighth Theus before you became a daughter of Saint Paul maybe just listener a little bit of background on your years. You're formidable years growing up, and how was that you left the faith and became an atheist, and then kind of came back to to your faith in the church. So I I was raised by two very faithful Catholics. And but I I was always a doubtful child from the very beginning. Just kind of always asking questions and pushing back on things, and I remember the first time, I doubted whether God existed, I was five years old. So that was just kind of my way of being actually still is, and but that combined with the problem of suffering and some difficulties that my family face that it just really felt were unjust. And I just couldn't I couldn't I couldn't imagine a good God allowing those things to happen. And so when I was about fourteen I told my parents, you know, I don't really believe in God anymore, and one other thing that kind of pushed me towards atheism was I was observing some of the Catholics that we were that our family associated with and since my dad worked at a Catholic university. And he also he then worked at a diocese. And so we we were surrounded by very faithful Catholics, but I saw some hypocrisy and bad behavior that made me think as a teenager, you know, I wanna be a good person. But I think. I can do this on my own. And so kind of all of those factors together came together in this world. Wind of teenage angst and fourteen years old. I told my parents, I don't believe in God anymore. Don't wanna be confirmed, and this is not a faith. So I was an atheist and away from the church for almost a dozen years. And I I was still searching, and I searched in in different ways. I think at first I didn't search. I just thought I this is what I believe, and I was just a materialist atheist. But then that one point I, and it was actually a upon the death of a friend that made me think I'm going to explore. What other religions say about death and the afterlife and life and the meaning of life, and I really thought I would just kind of do it to dismiss it alternately in the end. But in that exploration. I I was wrestling with different things that kind of move me closer to believe. In god. But I could never really make that leap. I was getting closer intellectually. But but every time I got to the point where do I believe in? God it really the answer. That question is no until I had a moment where I was in Costa Rica, and I was working on a farm and the people around me were all believers, they didn't proselytize, but they just they preached through their lives and through their love for me.

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