Seven Quick Takes, in which I complain about staying in a luxurious hotel while waiting for a roomful of people to applaud for me

-1-- I'm in Vancouver, WA for the Catholic Women Rejoice conference tomorrow!  There is still time to register.  Here is the schedule.   Looks like it's going to be a GREAT day.  I'm really looking forward to meeting some of my Facebook and blog friends for the first time IRL. --2-- Last night, I had a lovely seafood dinner overlooking the Columbia River (I think?) with Lisa Ferry and Sterling Jaquith, who have been coordinating everything, including putting together a lovely assortment of goo … [Read more...]

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Father Pavone praises Pope Francis’ approach

Thanks to Steve Jalsevac of LifeSite News for linking to this letter!Fr. Pavone, the National Director of Priests for Life, says, No, the Pope is not diluting the anti-abortion focus of the Church. As the Director of Priests for Life, known worldwide as a ministry within the Catholic Church that urges more preaching, teaching, and action against abortion, I was asked by many alarmed and confused people these past few days about the reported comments of the Pope that the Church should not … [Read more...]

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Great little missal for kids

These booklets appeared in our pews a few weeks ago:I will admit, I saw the cover and thought, "Ut-oh.  Glass-walled church, buncha laymen cluttering up the altar . . . this can't be good."  Well, the cover is the only ishy part.  The book itself is great.The format is simple:  words of the Mass on the left, color coded explanations on the right.They explanations are more than just the standards "sit, stand, kneel, listen to the priest."  They explain what "epiclesis" means (I'll … [Read more...]

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Because my husband said I should . . .

Here is an excerpt from the chapter I'm contributing to a book about marriage: Children give our bodies purpose.  I always have to laugh when people complain, “The Church treats women like baby-making machines!”  The truth is, the secular world is the one that treats women that way—and expends tremendous amounts of money and effort in trying to find the “off” button, often putting women through years of physical and psychological contortions with one kind of contraception after another.The C … [Read more...]

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Hooray!

That's all I have to say, because this story makes me happy.  Hooray! … [Read more...]

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Worst! Pope! Ever!!1!

It's true, Francis really is -- as long as you understand that, as a Catholic, it is our duty and responsibility to read the words of the Holy Father only after they've been run through the MSM juicer a couple of times. JoAnna Wahlund handily shreds "oh Lord, why are we being tormented by this dreadful, careless, foolish pope?" crowd as they rend their garments over what they see reported on MSNBC: “Pope Reiterates 2,000-year-old Teaching of the Church” doesn’t make money; “Pope Dec … [Read more...]

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Food and Longing

 Just heard the most fascinating short interview on NPR's Morning Edition.  Anya von Bremzen grew up in Soviet Russia, where she shared a huge warehouse apartment with eighteen other families. Behind each door there's a comedy, a tragedy, alcoholism. You know, there were lunatic old ladies. Next to us there was the family of a black marketeer, an underground millionaire, who ate unspeakable delicacies. And everyone came together in the kitchen. The kitchen was like the public square of … [Read more...]

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