Lenten Sacrifices: Something Simple for God

Lenten resolutions. We make them, we break them, we take them so seriously. We resist chocolate or cigarettes or soda or sweets.  But are we changed, after forty days of deprivation? I was inspired this year by a little book I read, Simplifying the Soul by Paula Huston.  In it, Huston suggests small sacrifices for each of the days of Lent—thereby making more room for God in your life and in your heart.  Her ideas are not the typical deprivations that first come to mind; instead, she encourages … [Read more...]

Breasts and Bras: The Irony and the Ecstasy

I am practical, and I rise above the level of fashionista, unconcerned about public opinion, charting my path without as much as a glance toward the dictates of fashion.Or, I am lazy, and like Rhett Butler, frankly I just don’t give a d**n what you think.Either way, I have long ago abandoned two of the stylish woman’s three instruments of self-inflicted torture:   make-up and shoes.  The third, the brassiere, is my topic today.It was easy to get rid of make-up:  I developed an allergy, and … [Read more...]

In New Letter, Cardinal Dolan Asks "When Does It End?"

Back on U.S. soil, Timothy Cardinal Dolan gets off to a running start—penning a letter to his brother bishops on the HHS Mandate and the subsequent Obama “accommodation.” The new letter—which is dated February 22, 2012, and co-signed by USCCB President Timothy Cardinal Dolan and Bishop William E. Lori, Bishop of Bridgeport and Chairman of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty—asserts that President Obama’s so-called “accommodation” changes nothing.  The writers insist that religious f … [Read more...]