My dream self thinks the new evangelization is mainly about cookies.

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One of the major perks of blogging at Patheos is that Elizabeth Scalia occasionally shares her dreams with us. As the lost sailor in the Dark Island says, "Not daydreams: dreams!" As much as I loved the dream where I served canned beans in the can at the event that wasn't no Edel Gathering, Elizabeth dream the other night gave me even more pleasure. I'll tell Elizabeth tell it.  Oh, and for those of you  not familiar with Margaret Realy, blogger at Prayer Gardens and author of soon to be four b … [Read more...]

I was late to listen to Sam Rocha’s “Late to Love.” My mistake!

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 If you're even peripherally involved with Catholic media, you will know that peculiar dread that goes thrilling down your spine when you hear the words, "Can I send you a copy of my new Catholic [album, book, movie, interpretive dance instructional booklet, etc.].Because you know, as surely as you know your own name, that it's going to suck. It's going to be Catholic, and it's going to be well-intentioned, and it's going to do its darndest to combat the darkness and evil that has … [Read more...]

Holiness is a numbers game, you filthy relativist!

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You never know what the morning will bring. I just got into a weird little skirmish with a fellow who believes that there is only one kind of generosity, and that is having as many babies as possible. (He can correct me if I'm misrepresenting his point of view.)It began when someone wrote a nice review of The Sinner's Guide to NFP, and this fellow -- not having read the book, of course -- said:  Yeah, I played the grandmultipara pregnancy card. So sue me.It … [Read more...]

What did the Pope mean by “sins against unity”?

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 Ideas are like houses, and other people are like . . . well, like people who live in those houses. If I lived next to a house with a huge, gaping crack in the foundation, and I discovered that a lovely young family was innocently planning to move into that house, what should I do? Should I keep quiet, in the name of peace and unity?   Read the rest at the Register. … [Read more...]

Catholics with a Past

"The man who has not suffered, what can he possibly know, anyway?" says Rabbi Abraham Herschel. He may be onto something. When we look for insight and understanding, we go to someone who has been wronged, and who has come out stronger and wiser: survivors of wars, genocide, concentration camps; people who have overcome massive disabilities; people who have been abused and outcast, and who have responded with love, gentleness, generosity, and wisdom. But what about the man who caused his own suf … [Read more...]

How to make a shelf in, like, two minutes

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1. Get a milk crate, find a strong clothes hanger, force the arms of the hanger through holes in the sides of the crate, and force the hook through a hole in the top.2. Put a screw in the wall.  If your husband is watching, use a stud finder first.  Hang the hook on the screw.3. Ta-dah!  You now have somewhere in which to keep your best toy ever so your baby sister doesn't get it. You can also keep things on top. This is not the sturdiest shelf in the world, ob … [Read more...]

My new bumper sticker!

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Just a quick post! Lots to do. I just wanted to say:1. Mary's Shelter is amazing, and the soiree was fantastic.2. The Catholic and pro-life communities of Fredericksburg, Va are amazing and fantastic.3. I have a new bumper sticker.    Of course, my motives are not entirely pure. I'm working, little by little, on covering up . . . whatever this is:   On the plus side, I have never ever been in a parking lot … [Read more...]


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