My name is Mary, or Marie depending on who you talk to. I'm a very ordinary lay Catholic, living in the west of Ireland. Sometimes I register for conferences and the like as "Mary, OLP", standing for Ordinary Lay Person.
The OLP was suggested by a Mercy sister years ago, when I was at and event with lots of nuns. I like it.
I'm a theologian, just everyone else, with a lower case "t". But mine's in 4-point font. I can follow long convoluted arguments if I really need to, but would short words and non-technical language to describe the meaning in my life if I possibly can.
Well I'm one of the seemingly-few lay people actually going to the Eucharistic Congress later this week. In 1932, the EC permeated almost the entire country. Now, I'm explaining to my Irish Catholic-background workmates what it is. I want somewhere to share my thoughts during the week, but I don't want it under my own name: as I read earlier this week, it must be hard living your spiritual journey in the public eye.