Lent in the School for Evangelization

We Catholics like our programs.  Love our programs.  So here's this program we have starting this month, and the whole Church is enrolled.  It's called "Lent" and it features prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  That's the theory, anyhow.During Lent your parish is likely to take on some kind of other program as a sort of evangelization-thingie.  Small groups (I approve), or a parish mission (ditto), or some other worthy pursuit.  These things are good.  But what if your parish isn't doing one of … [Read more...]

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Doing Something Right, Priest Edition

This past week a priest in our region died, suddenly and unexpectedly.  He was not someone I knew personally, accident of geography.  Friday morning as I opened class in prayer, I completely forgot to include Father in our prayers until one of the moms reminded me.  In the excitement of a morning teaching, that sorrow again slipped from my mind.On the way into Benediction before Mass, I saw an acquaintance in the narthex, the father of one of my daughter's friends.  It was a pleasant sur … [Read more...]

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The Beautiful Magazine for Sane Women – It’s Out!!!

I am so stinking proud of Elizabeth Scalia for launching Aleteia's new magazine For Her.  I worked for Elizabeth during her tenure here at Patheos and she was a superlative editor -- smart, insightful, hardworking, compassionate, and loads of fun.  But wow, I had no idea she was about to go do something this fabulously amazingly awesomely cool.It's a dream-come-true quality magazine launch: Finally we've got a real women's magazine with the fashion spreads and the beautiful stuff, only with a … [Read more...]

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Good Things Priests Do, Episode #328,345,798 . . .

I could spend a very long time listing all the good things I've seen priests doing -- Father E.* stories are practically a genre for me.  But my husband asked me to tell one that happened to him recently, and I wasn't there which is why it all happened in the first place, so forgive the lapses that come from second-hand reporting. *** The background is this: My family is divided 50/50 between choir members and pewsitters.  Thus, normally at Mass the little ones and I sit down with the p … [Read more...]

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Paris and the Battle for the World

In the wake of the attacks on the city of Paris, I was glued to the news.  As I followed commentators at France 24,where they were running live coverage all night in the immediate aftermath of the events, several comments in succession caught my attention.The first was the observation that the style of the attacks -- noted in the hours before any of the perpetrators had been identified -- was typical of something out of Pakistan or Afghanistan.  This could, the analyst explained, be just as e … [Read more...]

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Return by Brandon Vogt – When Your Child Has Left the Faith, or Before

I had a chance earlier this fall to preview Return by Brandon Vogt.   I haven't seen the video series (information here) but I did read the pre-release version of the book cover to cover.  It's about what to do if you have a child who's left the Catholic faith, and it is extraordinarily good.   Not a project I'm involved with personally in any way, other than that I did a happy dance just reading the table of contents on my review copy.  The book delivered on its promise.Here's the endo … [Read more...]

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Catholic Life Hacks: Truly Last Minute Saint Costume

If you have a group of children who need a saint costume, stat, ask if anyone can lend you some red lip gloss.In the hands of a skilled teenager, you can have a company of martyrs of the French Revolution in no time at all.  Hint: A white t-shirt is maybe not the best combination, when you are going for the freshly-decapitated look.  Thank goodness for bleach. ***Of course for pure All-Hallow's-Eve report-giving pleasure, you want a martyr of the Roman Empire.  No really: When she said a … [Read more...]

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