On his 88th Birthday, Some Quotes from Benedict XVI

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It is only when life has been accepted and is perceived as accepted that it becomes also acceptable. Man is that strange creature that needs not just physical birth but also appreciation if he is to subsist . . . If an individual is to accept himself, someone must say to him: “It is good that you exist” – must say it, not with words, but with that act of the entire being that we call love. – Principles of Catholic TheologyPope Francis offered Mass, today, for his predecessor, on the occas … [Read more...]

My Hoo-erdom Hashed-Out and Explored in a Q&A

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It's been an odd couple of months, wherein I have found myself interviewed several times, and via surprising venues. First Tom McDonald got me yapping about prayer.And then America got me going on and on about blogging (which generated tweets from Catholic people who actively hate me in humbling ways I hadn't then-imagined).I had totally forgotten, but around the same time, Patheos' Book Club asked me to discuss why I Don't Want to be a Hoo-er, if I can help it, which surprised me. … [Read more...]

Resurrection: Eden’s Book Makes Great Easter Reading!

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If you take a look at Dawn Eden's excellent book, The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On, you'll see a little blurb from me that says:"Dawn Eden's book helped me to understand that virtue is about much more than our sexuality; its pursuit is a positive action applicable to our work, our relationships, our prayer, our play, our daily bread--indeed, it is applicable to every aspect of our lives. So is this book."I meant all of that. Having spent … [Read more...]

DEATH comes for Terry Pratchett; Discworld Sees Him Off! RIP

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No one but Terry Pratchett could write an appropriate scene for his encounter with Death, but upon hearing of the death of this marvelously inventive and wise writer, my imagination immediately went there. I pictured Pratchett before a fire, with a glass of wine, looking up and seeing the cloak and hood, and the staff, and then looking down, placing the Death of Rats by his SQUEAK!Death: TERRY PRATCHETT! Pratchett: Yes, oh is it you, finally? Death: (Looking at his hourglass) BUT I AM … [Read more...]

Lenten Reading: Rosary and Inner Healing

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I don't know why but I just can't bring myself to produce my annual "Suggested Lenten Reading and Resources" post. It's not that I have no recommendations; like a vaudeville comedian, "I got a million of 'em."I just have no head for gathering it all together in one spot. I think I need to shake things up, do something different. Maybe the Holy Spirit wants me to hit precise targets -- make sure certain people see certain books -- and that's best done shot-by-shot than with a spray of ammo? … [Read more...]

When Children Love Saint Benedict!

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A friend of mine sent me this cute wrap-up of a conversation he had with his little daughters this morning. I reprint it here, with his permission, and am changing their names to protect their privacy, and also because I never got to name girl babies:Car Ride Conversation A Play in One Act ------------------------- Starring: Annaliese Serra* (7 yrs old) as herself Evangeline deSales* (5 yrs old) as herself Dad, as himselfScene: This frosty morning, driving my girls to their … [Read more...]

Award-winning “Strange Gods” Now in Polish! (UPDATED)

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In the successive pages of this modern day City of God...Say whuuuuut? From a review of Strange Gods than left me a bit speechless, when I read it last week!A couple of days ago, I shared old news that my regular column at OSV had been honored with an award.And a friend said, "I thought it was your book, not the column, that was recognized."Which reminded me that oh, yeah, Strange Gods was also recognized by the Association of Catholic Book Publishers.No, I didn't mind … [Read more...]

Suggestions for Stocking Stuffers and Kid’s Books

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Earlier, I posted some Christmas gift suggestions for under $50.00, but I totally forgot to recommend some kids books and also stocking stuffers, and this year we're going heavy on stocking stuffers, ourselves, so, here we go!The first time someone gave me a giant natural sponge for a Secret Santa, I thought it was strange, but after I used it I understood. SO MUCH BETTER than a loofah, in every way. I love my sponge. This giant sponge, combined with something like these outstanding soaps? … [Read more...]

Anchoress Annual Christmas Gift Suggestions

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You wouldn't have known it by my 2013 "suggestion" list, which took up two separate posts -- along with the usual monastic goodies list (the Summit Nuns have a lovely hostess gift!) -- but last year at Christmas, we cut 'way back on our gift list and increased our charity-giving.We liked that. It really helped re-orient our hearts and minds and de-emphasize the materialism that is taking over the season.For 2014, we are feeling inclined to repeat that effort, and this time my … [Read more...]

Lisa Hendey, the Accidental Innovator

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You might call her an "accidental innovator". When Lisa Hendey tried to digitally explore better ways to be a Catholic while raising a family, she couldn't find what she needed. So she created it. As she writes in her new book, The Grace of Yes, "I went looking for answers, and when I didn't find them online, I bought a domain name and some of those For Dummies books about the Internet and launched Catholicmom.com."The rest, as the saying goes, is history. Since its inception, … [Read more...]


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