Of Catholics and capybaras

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 Q. A bunch of my friends are trying to organize a blog carnival where people can show pictures of themselves eating salad while looking sadly at a snapshot they've taped to the balsamic vinegar cruet, showing their sponsored African child, who will be getting an extra $12 from saved grocery bills this month. They're calling it The 100% Represent and Repent Lent Event 2015 Y'All, and I'm fairly sure they are turning a profit in some way. How can they live with themselves?Read the … [Read more...]

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Making ashes out of you and me

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What a shame that Ash Wednesday comes but once a year. For many of us, that's the only opportunity we have to experience what many people consider the lyrical poet Thomas Conry's masterwork. Let's take a closer look. The first lines are something of a ruse, are they not? Listen:We rise again from ashes, from the good we’ve failed to do. We rise again from ashes, to create ourselves anew. If all our world is ashes, then must our lives be true, an offering of ashes, an offering to yo … [Read more...]

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Oh, the Lents you can Lent!

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Not only do we set the parameters for what we give up (sugar in coffee? A second cup of coffee?  All the coffee?), but we decide what kind of thing we want to give up (or take on) -- and why. Here are a few broad categories of ways to observe the penitential season. One or the other may be more spiritually fruitful for you, but none of them is really wrong . . .  Read the rest at the Register.***Image: detail of Bruegel's "The Battle Between Carnival and Lent", public domai … [Read more...]

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Next Year in Jerusalem

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Have you taught your children that, while Christmas is very important, it’s really Easter that’s the greatest feast of the year? Do they buy it?When I was little, this point of doctrine was obvious: All during Holy Week, my father could be heard practicing the Exsultet to chant at the Easter vigil, as my mother fried and ground up liver and onions in preparation for the Passover seder. The fragrant schmaltzy steam of the chicken soup, the palm leaves, bags of jelly beans for Easter Sunday and … [Read more...]

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At the Register: Show Your Weasel Spirit Who’s Boss

Ten tips for finishing Lent strong, you weasel! … [Read more...]

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At the Register: The Evil Child’s Guide to Holy Week

Parents say "Holy Week"; kids hear "Whatcha got?" … [Read more...]

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At the Register: Why we can’t have baptisms during Lent

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