Contradictions can be "decided," one way or the other-it either is raining or it is not raining, it cannot be both raining and not raining. Paradoxes, on the other hand, cannot be resolved one way or the other. We must simply try to accept them and live within the uncomfortable mystery they create. -Toni McNaron
As a practicing Catholic and feminist scholar, Toni McNaron embraces the seemingly unresolvable and accepts the inherent paradox arising from her preference for conservative spiritual practices while remaining committed to radical politics. Residing patiently in this "uncomfortable mystery" has allowed her to explore the deeper spaces of her spirit-not insisting on consistency or certainty or even agreement as she strives to expand her connection with the God of her understanding in today's post-modern world where paradox is often valued.
McNaron's compelling and inspirational faith journey reveals that we need not harden into inflexible creeds or harsh judgments of other people's way of finding meaning. Rather, living in paradox can enliven our lives and ultimately open us to the wonder and joy of God's amazing creation in all its diversity.
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About the Author
McNaron's critically acclaimed first memoir, I Dwell in Possibility, was published in 1992 as part of the Cross-Cultural Memoir Series from The Feminist Press. She also wrote Poisoned Ivy: Lesbian and Gay Academics Confront Homophobia (Temple University Press, 1996), a compelling ethnographic study of homophobia in the academy.
McNaron is currently working on a collection of essays entitled An Amethyst Remembrance. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.