Holiday Despair and the Meaning of Christmas

Years ago my husband had a business trip to Milan, and he went to church while he was there.  A local colleague tried to puzzle out this behavior, for it wasn't mere tourism.  "But nothing is wrong with you," he protested.  "You are young, healthy, intelligent, educated, successful. Why would you go to church?"  Church was where the old and the poor and the disabled went -- people who were desperate.  People who needed consolation.He wasn't entirely wrong.The "Holiday Season," as we call … [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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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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True Radiance Chapter 6: The Beauty in Every Vocation

My friend Lisa Mladinich asked me to write today on chapter six of her beautiful new book, True Radiance: Finding Grace in the Second Half of Life.Lisa's going to be doing a giveaway of her book for readers of this blog over at her place, and yes, I completely forgot to ask whether that will be at AmazingCatechists.com or Water into Wine, so check both!  I'll update here when I have the direct link.(I explained to her that me putting things in the mail was not a good way to make sure it … [Read more...]

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State Mandates Killing of Mentally Ill Patients

No no, I've got that headline wrong.  It's all about "dignity" when you tell a mentally-ill person, "Why yes, we would all be better off without you, thanks for asking."  Nothing confers more dignity on a suffering person than affirming for them that in fact you'd rather get rid of them, too.But no one's making anyone kill their neighbor with this kindness, are they? On the contrary: If you're a doctor in Quebec, you'll be expected to kill patients regardless of your personal (or medical) op … [Read more...]

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I hate it when I do this:

A year and some ago, I wrote this, now showing live at CatholicMom.com because it's the 16th of the month:How often do my priorities get out of order? How often do I put needless worries ahead of my worship of God? . . . Lord, show me how to prioritize my day, my week, my month, and my year. Show me the right use of my body, and the proper care of my soul. Help me to give myself to you completely, body and soul. Amen.Dagnabbit. Caught myself out again.  On the other hand, it does happen … [Read more...]

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Update: How to Help with SC Flood Relief #scflood

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division has updated their information on donating and volunteering.  There is a long list of options for monetary donations, as well as opportunities for donations of goods and services.If you're looking for the Catholic option, direct your funds to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Charleston.  This is an organization of the diocese itself, and is a go-to source around the state, particularly well known for legal aid and for preventing hom … [Read more...]

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