My name is Abigail C. Reimel, and I am a Catholic teenager striving to serve God in all things. Since my “bio” will soon be in the “Meet Us” section, I’d like to use this introduction to explain some things that I did not include in my brief description.
Before I continue, let me first say that- when writing (and doing anything else, for that matter)- God’s approval is my first concern and His creativity my primary inspiration. Anything that I post that is well-written or cleverly-worded is not me, it’s Him working through me. And, anything incoherent or foolish that I write is me trying to work by myself!
I absolutely love to read, and ever since I started reading non-fiction Catholic theology, I’ve discovered that many of the ideas I try to write about have already been elaborated upon by people like G.K. Chesterton and C. S. Lewis (technically Anglican) in a much more beautiful and eloquent way than I ever would have managed. So, the majority of what I write is sprinkled with quotes from philosophers and Saints, and I love it when people comment and leave me additional quotes to add to my mental arsenal.
Speaking of brilliant people, my introduction would not be complete without informing (or warning?) readers that I am a huge fan of J.R.R. Tolkien. It is almost impossible for me to write a post without referring to him- and believe me, if I don’t make a reference to one of his books (or The Lord of the Rings movies) it is because I’m practicing self-restraint. Tolkien’s fantasy, essays, ideas, and quotes have truly shaped my life (I often refer to my mother’s forcing me to try the first chapter of The Hobbit for fifth grade summer reading as being the best thing she ever made me do).
I am extremely pro-life, with abortion being my primary focus. I am a contributor to the St. Austin Review’s Ink Desk (the St. Austin Review is a literary magazine edited by Joseph Pearce; my contributions to his online site have been few and far between, but will increase when summer comes around). I am the oldest of four, and I love spending time with my family. I should also mention that I am stress-prone, and a worry-wart, and like to describe my imagination as being “overly-active”. I am admitting to this so that, if any future posts seem to be incredibly pessimistic or exaggerated, there is at least a half-good reason for it. But, overall I like to try to keep my writing optimistic and at least offer hope to those who are trying, just like me, to continue to fight the supernatural battle against Satan as faithfully as possible.
In closing, I entitled this introduction “You have my pen…” after recalling the scene in The Fellowship of the Ring where Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli all offer Frodo their weapons and allegiance for the difficult road he has volunteered to travel, the road to Mount Doom to destroy the Ring (surprise, surprise). Just as they were there for him as he took on this great burden of evil (very Christ-like in his free acceptance) I offer my pen first to God, that He might use it as needed, and then to all of those who read this. All Catholics are together, fighting on the same side in this great spiritual battle, and here on Ignitum Today, the contributors are using their words to inform, encourage, and support their fellow men on the battlefield, like St. George against the dragon, or St. Joan of Arc- my Confirmation Saint- fighting to restore good in response to God’s call. As I join this incredible group of people in their mission to “provide Catholic perspectives on every topic that matters”, I offer my pen to my fellow contributors, and to the readers. May God use my words to bless, comfort, and inspire all of you; as your words and comments do the same for me.
St. Francis de Sales, patron of writers, ora pro nobis!
St. Joan of Arc, patron of soldiers, ora pro nobis!