Why I Wear the World’s Tiniest Hair Shirt

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My husband noticed a brown cord peeking out from the neckline of my shirt and asked, “What is that?”Oops. Busted. “It’s a brown scapular,” I admitted.“That’s pretty hard-core, isn’t it?” he asked. “When did you take that up?”As prejudiced as the question sounds, he was only being curious. My husband is a tolerant sort; if someone wants to practice devotions that he doesn’t feel particularly called to, that’s all right by him. In this case, however, I sensed a tinge of leeriness. After … [Read more...]

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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...]

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“Internet Catholics be Crazy”: Anchoress at America Magazine

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Yes, I said it, but I count myself among the mad, so that's okay.I said it, and a lot more, to America magazine's Sean Salai, S.J., even though -- and this is the honest truth -- I'm not sure how I even got on his radar. Following his terrific interviews with Camille Paglia and Romanus Cessario, I feel very much like an off-speed pitch.[Aside - Yes, I know I've been using a lot of baseball analogies, lately; I'm hankering for it and this winter must end!]Still, I enjoyed getting … [Read more...]

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Anchoress is CPAC “Blogger of the Year?” Get OUT!

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No one could have been more surprised than me to hear it. At the 2015 CPAC Bloggerbash, this blog -- your little ol' Anchoress -- was named Blogger of the Year.I mean, seriously, when the tireless Dr. Melissa Clouthier called me up to wonder if I could swing down real quick and accept it, she can confirm that my first response a "say whuuuuut?" that could have placed me in the middle of Arlen, Texas.I couldn't make it to the bash for a couple of reasons, not least because I spent part … [Read more...]

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Anchoress Shows Up to Give Homily at Mass! Also, Fatso!

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In a manner of speaking, anyway.A parishioner from a parish in Maine sent me a link to a live-streamed video of their Ash Wednesday mass, wherein the priest jumps off of the Ash Wednesday homily I have said I would give, if I ever had the chance.Check it out (homily begins at about 18:30) and let me know what you think!And since I'm talking about me and Ash Wednesday, I might as well go the full-on "shameless self-promotion" people tell me I should do more of (!) and say you … [Read more...]

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10 Things You Now Know About Me

Me, at 6 months, with my giant peasant hands.

So, someone commented that he knew "all about" me, based on the fact that Cardinal Dolan seemed to like me. Whether Dolan likes me or not is an open question; we've never met, but we each know that the other exists, and will occasionally give positive nods in each other's directions. Not particularly revealing, I know.I read that comment and thought, "you know 'all about' me? I don't even know all about me! I know I'm not stagnant, but that's about it!" I wanted to challenge him, to say, "oh … [Read more...]

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I Never Told You! My Column Won an Award!

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Earlier this year when I was really involved with the pneumonia, I learned that "Ora Pro Nobis", my regular column for The Catholic Answer, had been honored with an award from the Catholic Press Association:Really cool, right? Hey, I am grateful for any kind word! And 2013 was the year I really got comfortable writing stuff like this, and this, and a few more.As I never cease to tell you when each issue comes out, it is an privilege to write regularly for The Catholic Answer, which … [Read more...]

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Chose the Red One! But I Have Another Question…

The Deed is Done!Despite all the great suggestions -- both here and on Facebook -- which ended up giving me lots of places to go and waste time while oo-ing and ah-ing over stuff, and feeling quite the covetous-and-materialist thing, I had to go for the tried-and-true, and ordered the red Baggallini.So, red it is; Baggallini it is, again. Thanks for your input though; it was fun to talk about something besides church and a-world-in-crisis. Refreshing!Sometimes we must take a … [Read more...]

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What this ridiculously serious world needs…

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...is a seriously ridiculous pair of reading glasses to lighten the mood around here! … [Read more...]

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Garlic? Honey, I’m like buttah. Like BUTTAH!

You know...all fat and salty!Anyhow, back in September I did an interview with Jonathan Merritt at the Religion News Service, talking about idols and the pope and whatnot, and today the piece has dropped:Pope Francis craze may be idolatry, says Catholic writer Elizabeth ScaliaElizabeth Scalia claims to be a shy person, happy to hang in the background. But the popular Catholic Portal editor at Patheos, writing as “The Anchoress”, doesn’t shy away from offering opinions as strong as ga … [Read more...]

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