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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What Did Mary Get From Visiting Elizabeth?

Gifts of the Visitation

I have been so busy working on my project that I have nearly forgotten to point you over toward the Patheos Book Club, where they are looking at Denise Bossert's lovely little book, Gifts of the Visitation: Nine Spiritual Encounters with Mary and ElizabethI had the pleasure of meeting Denise during my sadly truncated visit to Israel, and she is one of those people who possesses such a natural depth of beauty and understanding that even casual conversations end up lodged in your memory, … [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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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...]

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3-Minutes Hate; Anti-Sex League; Doubleplusungood!

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Golly I just took a look at Hot Air, and saw these two stories: University of Michigan Prof: It's OK to hate Republicans and Defining Nearly All Sex as Rape, a notion with which one of my own Senators seems enthralled:During an MSNBC-hosted panel discussion on Monday at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Gillibrand said she was considering taking the “yes means yes” law to the federal level.“I definitely have been studying it and looking at it,” she said. “I think there's something the … [Read more...]

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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...]

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The “it’s an honor to be mentioned” cliche

Strange Gods, now with Study Guide!

You know that whole, "it's an honor just to be nominated" thing that people say when they discover they're up for some sort of award?It's a true thing! I know, it sounds hackneyed and cliched and false, but it's a reality.I know it's a reality, because the Association for Catholic Publisher’s Excellence in Publishing Awards has announced their finalists for titles published in 2013, and I just learned that Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life is one of them! It is a f … [Read more...]

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Lenten Reading Recommendations 2014

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In Chapter 48 of his Holy Rule, Saint Benedict says "During this time of Lent each [monk or nun] is to receive a book from the library, and is to read the whole of it straight through. These books are to be distributed at the beginning of Lent."The books an Abbot or Abbess might choose for the benefit of a particular monk or nun were not always religious; sometimes fiction or secular books were given, too, and so I'm including a few of those in here, too.That collection of books above … [Read more...]

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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Looking for a little "token"? these earrings are so pretty!

I know, it's Wednesday, so this really is "last minute", although if you have Amazon Prime and the weather holds you might be able to do some of this online, if not, you may well be able to find some of these things in your local drugstore -- you have to go there to get the candy, anyway -- or a local bookstore. The earrings above are inexpensive and pretty (I have them, and love them) and none of these ideas are costly. My husband and I don't "celebrate" the day, but sometimes a small little … [Read more...]

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Advent Reading Recommendations 2013 – UPDATED

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Julie Davis beat me to it, but as usual, I have some Advent Reading ideas -- and more than one of them would also make terrific Christmas gifts:Topping the List, because I just think it's so cool to have music specific to Advent to access at this time: The Benedictines of Mary's must-have recording, Advent at Ephesus. If you didn't get it last year, do yourself a favor and gift yourself with this glorious music, which is the antidote to all the noise that is about to come upon us. Listen … [Read more...]

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