Inside the Silence at Belmont Abbey College…

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... I got a special little place in my heart for Belmont Abbey.Reading this article reminded me I've been away too long. It's also nice to see they've lowered the tuition by 1/3. I've always thought how cruelly unfair it is that Catholic education is often too expensive for most Catholic families. But I digress.Our State Magazine has a very nice, reflective piece about the Abbey in this month's edition. Pop over there and check it out, and if you're every in the Charlotte area of North … [Read more...]

Take a Mini Lenten Internet Retreat…

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... Joseph Susanka, over at Summa This Summa That, has a really great series of Lenten music. It's like taking a mini internet retreat.Take a moment to let your soul get stirred.The Poor Rebec Player, by José Rodrigues c.1855 (public domain)Other good stuff on the internet, Read the Summa in a year... for free.See, the interwebs isn't all evil. … [Read more...]

Homeless Man Buried at Vatican Cemetery…

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... Willy Herteleer went to mass every day for twenty five years straight. He was well know among local clergy and the Swiss Guard. He was regarded as happy and friendly, a man of rich faith who enjoyed chatting with pilgrims about confession and the Eucharist, which he called his "medicine."When he died he was given a funeral mass and buried in the Vatican cemetery established for Flemish and German nobility.Willy Herteleer was not nobility. Not in the earthly sense. He was a … [Read more...]

“New York’s Answer to the Sistine Chapel” …

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... I like stories like this. Stories of beauty and churches made to look the way they are supposed to. If it's a story about iconography, even better.'It's not like Rembrandt. It's other worldly,' Father Leoniet Charlancow, a Rasifer monk at the Holy Trinity Monastery Icon Studio in central New York, said of the traditional style. 'It's supposed to transport you to another dimension, Heaven.'When you step into a church, a holy place, it's supposed to represent something divine. Not a … [Read more...]

Russel Brand’s Anti-Porn Rant…

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... Some of you regular readers know how much I despise porn. It destroyed my marriage as I watched it completely transform my ex-husband.Allowing yourself to be exposed to pornographic material is one of the most destructive soul corrupting things you can do to yourself. Maybe one day I'll write more about my experience but until then... … [Read more...]

Look at me, I’m so holy with my ashes and my fasting…

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... So it's Lent. I guess that means I'm obligated to write something on the topic. Oh, joy. Wait, I mean "Oh, suffering."I suck at Lent. In fact, I suck at most of these religious traditions and seasonal times of the year. I wasn't raised Catholic so it doesn't come naturally for me as it does for others. Plus I have a hard enough time maintaining any level of holiness throughout the rest of the year, in case you haven't noticed. Now you want me to do some extra piety? Here, let me just … [Read more...]

All stocked up over here…

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... The city is shut down. All is silent and still. Nothing stirs but the gentle sounds of falling snow and sleet as it blankets the streets with ice. Beautiful, precious ice. The kind of ice that strikes fear in hearts all across the south. The fear that can mean only one thing.Snow day.I've got all the provisions I need to get me through the next day or so. Come at me, snow. … [Read more...]

Did someone say “snow”…

Mother of God, we're all gonna die.

... As is typical in the South, someone said the "S" word and now that state's on high alert.They've salted the roads, gotten school children's hopes up, and sent grocery shoppers in a panic... all for the possibility of one inch of snow. You read that right. One inch of snow. One inch.Not so tough now, cowboy. … [Read more...]

Every.Single.Cotton.Pickin.Time…

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... I can't be the only one who's constantly jumping at the reflection of the backseat headrests in their car's rear-view mirror. … [Read more...]


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