Gaudete means Rejoice! The third Sunday in Advent is Gaudete Sunday — it’s the Sunday we light the pink candle in the Advent wreath.

My faith has always been most enlivened by the rejoicing texts in scripture and the joyous feasts of the liturgical year. So when I decided to start a theology blog and needed a name for it, this was the obvious choice.

In May 2014, I graduated with an MA in theology, with a concentration in systematics, from the Ecumenical Institute of Theology. My master’s thesis was titled The Church as the Locus of Desire for God: Towards a Mimetic Ecclesiology.

My primary interests are ecclesiology, ecumenism, and interfaith work, particularly Christian-Jewish dialogue. My faith tradition is Roman Catholic, and the liturgy is a primary resource and interpretive framework in my thinking, as are feminist theology and Girardian, or mimetic, anthropology.


I work as a scientific programmer at my day job, and I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy.

I also blog at BLT (Bible, Literature, and Translation).

You can contact me at gaudetetheology_at_verizon_dot_net.

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– Victoria Gaile Laidler

7 Responses to About

  1. Susan Ozmore says:

    I think I’ll enjoy reading your blog(s)!

  2. bobmacdonald says:

    Another faithful programmer – brovo. I taught programming all my working life and still am a director of a software company.

  3. Thank you so much for stopping by blog. I am honored. I really appreciate your insights and look forward to reading more as you continue your theological studies and your life journey.

    I am curious given your science fiction interest whether you have read anything by Julian May. Her two most popular series “Galactic Mileu” and “Pliocene Exile” have strong theological themes with the philosophy of Teilhard de Chardin and Gaudete Sunday has a unique role in the series.

    W. Ockham

    • Thanks for your kind words, and for the SF suggestions! I read something by Julian May decades ago and didn’t much care for it; but anything that features Gaudete Sunday has got to go on my list! 🙂

  4. ljhooge says:

    Just thot I’d mention that your BLT link may not be working. … Very interesting site! 🙂

  5. Pingback: Gaudete! Congratulations! | BLT

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