Oh, the Lents you can Lent!

Bruegel_Lent

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...]

If you watch garbage, you will get dirty.

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We are in denial about how vulnerable our hearts really are. Watching brutality makes us brutal. Torturing our emotions inevitably makes torture seem more normal, not less.Read the rest at the Register.image via Bing … [Read more...]

Dealing with busybodies: some practical tips

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For a sociable or tender-hearted person, just saying, "None of your business. Buzz off!" isn't a real option. So how do we handle busybodies with grace, tact, and peace of mind?Read the rest at the Register. image "Morning Gossip NOLA" by Arnold Genthe - Photograph by Arnold Genthe via Library of Congress website [1]. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons -  … [Read more...]

Go forth and get Me butter, says the Lord.

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Once upon a time, there was a young woman who was hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the first time. She wanted—no, needed—everything to be perfect. She planned and prepped for days, chopping vegetables, rolling dough, scrubbing baseboards, and counting silverware. On the day of the feast, she was up with the sun, full of determination and manic good cheer. As the day wore on, the good cheer waned and the manic levels rose. Pots boiled over and were turned down; ovens smoked and windows were open … [Read more...]

The Splat Life

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PIC Wallace on train  The train is whizzing out of control, and he can't get off, slow down, or change course. In desperation, Gromit snatches a box of spare tracks and frantically lays them on the floor ahead, just split seconds before the train he's on thunders over them. This is more or less what it's like to raise a child. Yes, you have to work frantically to stay ahead of that train; but no, you're not exactly in control. Read the rest at the Register.  … [Read more...]

Other people’s blessings

  I've had to remind myself, over and over again, that couples who really do love NFP aren't just lying. The "Oh, how I love the monthly cycle of courtship and honeymoon!" crowd haven't drunk any Kool-Aid. They're not necessarily undersexed, brainwashed saps who have never encountered true suffering.   They're just different from me, and if I expect them to respect my struggles, then I need to learn to respect their joy. Read the rest at the Register.  … [Read more...]

Discernment: What It Does and Doesn’t Mean

One example of the wrong way to discern God's will in your life

PIC wizard watching chickenIt does mean: The Holy Spirit works kind of like MSG, enhancing and heightening the "flavor" of the virtues that you've already worked to develop -- virtues like self-control, prudence, mercy, and self-sacrifice.  After you pray for guidance, you're probably not going to find yourself doing something utterly foreign to your normal nature or inclinations; but you may find that you have deeper reserves of patience than you expected, for instance, or a temporary abili … [Read more...]


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