Is faith a carousel or a roller coaster, for you?

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Time is flying. People will soon be getting their March/April issue of The Catholic Answer, and in it you'll find a column that might inspire the question in you: Vice or Victory? Carousel or Roller Coaster? Here was a woman swinging between excesses and defects of pride with pit stops at vanity, gluttony and sloth; here was someone excessive over “work” gifts and defective in appreciation of familial ones; a person deciding that while God and family may offer forgiveness, she knew better … [Read more...]

Owned by Ownership; The Need to Simplify

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In one of those happy synchronicities, my column at First Things this week appears to play right into the hands of the Patheos Book Club. Allow me to explain. Over at First Things, I chronicle the existential agida I am experiencing over how my husband's pack-rat instincts overwhelm my need to throw things away, and the influence of Western prosperity on our sense of material balance and well-being: Our Christmas was a modest one, by choice, and no one in our family is consumed by a … [Read more...]


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