A Gentle, Encouraging Voice for Lent

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When I invited Margaret Rose Realy to develop her beautiful blog here at Patheos, I did it for the authenticity and clarity of her contemplative voice, as with this voice:I remember a couple of months ago several Goldfinches rocketing across the backyard. I wondered if there was a disagreement about whose yard it was. Typical of these lively little birds, they are unconcerned about my purpose or presence in what they have claimed as their territory. They continued to dart about and I … [Read more...]

“Salt and Light”: Tasty, Clarifying stuff for Lent!

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So, I have a pile of books that have come my way, freebies--gifts from publishers or authors hoping I will read their book and recommend it--and I am feeling terrible that so many books have come in and received nothing but silence on this end.Since I really do need a little downtime from the ordinary routine, I think I will spend the rest of January trying to get at least a good sense of some of these books and letting you know about them. Tonight, this book was on top of my pile, so I … [Read more...]

Cravings: New Personal Perspectives for a New Year

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I have been waiting for a long time for the release of Mary DeTurris Poust's latest book, Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image and God, and here it finally is:Before I had read a word about the book a glimpse of the cover spelled out a central aspect of its message: we see a luscious berry, so overripe it's almost bursting; you want to just grab it and indulge in it, but note the thorns that warn against mindless excess. It brilliantly conveys the essential message of the … [Read more...]

A couple of last-minute gift ideas!

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This landed in my mailbox yesterday: James Hitchcock's History of the Catholic ChurchLooks delicious, and I can't wait to read it, but before I could even peer at it, my son -- who likes reading all sorts of history -- grabbed it. He's been outside on the porch, reading and smoking, and reading, and he says he's loving it. So...a Buster recommend! If he didn't like it he'd say so, succinctly and in no uncertain terms.I was really happy to receive a signed copy of Amy Welborn and Ann … [Read more...]

Rescuing Devotional Babies from the Bathwater…

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Over at the Patheos Book Club, there's an interesting selection being discussed, a slim volume simply entitled Catholic Spiritual Practices, Edited by Colleen M. Griffith and Thomas H. Groome.I'm going to confess right now, I did not get to read this book, but that wasn't due to lack of interest. In tidying up for Thanksgiving the thing was accidentally donated to my parish along with a slew of other books -- but I figure that was the Holy Spirit getting into hands that needed it. I was … [Read more...]

My Sisters the Saints: Mothers for Everyone!

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I'm a few days tardy in mentioning it, and that's my fault, but if you look over at the sidebar, you'll see a button for the Patheos Book Club that says "BOOK GIVEAWAY".It looks like this:If you press the button, you will be led to this page where you can register to win a free copy of Colleen Carroll Campbell's latest book, My Sisters, the Saints.The question is, will you want to press the button?Well, I think you will, for this is an uncommon book of saints. … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Dorothy Day!

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“I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least.” ― Dorothy DayThis, of course, is correct, and precisely why I have to go to confession on Saturday. I have to confess to loving Harry Reid very, very, very little and badly.Happy Birthday to Servant of God Dorothy Day; Benedictine Oblate, fangirl of St. Therese of Lisieux; an "obedient daughter of the Church" who loved the Mass, had no time for bullshit and managed to commingle Catholic teaching about the Eucha … [Read more...]

All Saints: Are you Parental, Praying or Partying?

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Today is the Solemnity of All Saints, one of my favorite days of the liturgical year. I love stepping out of church into the full thrust of Autumn and pondering that while the rest of the world goes about its business, we Catholics have taken some time to consider some of our great ancestors in the faith. Tomorrow, we consider the rest of them, for All Souls day.While tomorrow is not, today is a Holy Day of Obligation and it occurred to me as I peered down my facebook feed that our … [Read more...]

The Knox Bible is a Treasure

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My First Things column this week takes a look at the madness that is upon us in these final days of a deplorably long and seemingly never-ending electoral season, and then shares what I have been using to lift myself out of the funk and fug when the headlines, opinions and debates are all-too-heavy:Still, there is a restlessness, and in recent weeks, when that feeling comes upon me, I have found an outlet in an unexpected source—Baronius Press’ newly released edition of Msgr. Ronald Knox’s t … [Read more...]

A Journal of the Council and Counsel for Pregnancy – PODCAST ADDED

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The Patheos Book Club is a busy place with a wide variety of books constantly being explored and discussed. This Tuesday, it started looking at two Catholic books that could not be more different. One is the posthumous publication of the writings of an often physically-challenged Dominican priest assisting at the Second Vatican Council; one is written by a house-afire of a woman assisting pregnant women.So, I guess you could say that both books have to do with the process of giving birth -- … [Read more...]


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