Finding Ways to Let Lent Interrupt

It's been a week since Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, and, if you notice you're having a little trouble remembering that it's Lent (aside from the different colors at church), you might want to take a look through Eve Tushnet's Lent A-Z to see if any of her thoughts are fruitful for you.  Here are two of her comments that I particularly liked:R is for Ridiculous. Sometimes Lent makes you look ridiculous. That’s wholesome. Or you feel ridiculous because you can’t even give up some tr … [Read more...]

Repeating Last Year’s Lent

I'm doing the same thing this year for Lent as I did last year:Giving up jaywalking Trying contemplative prayerMostly on the grounds that both were still frustrating by the end of last year's Lent, so I figure there might be more to learn from both.  Not jaywalking left me on tiptoe at curb, waiting to sprint into the street, which didn't so much fix my impatience as at least make it ridiculous.  Watching the crosswalk on the other side tick down from 30 and finding it intolerable to b … [Read more...]

Advice on Persisting in Prayer with the Caritas Podcast

Last week, I climbed the curbside snowbanks to meet up with the women of Caritas, a Catholic podcast, and the audio from our conversation on how to persist in prayer is up now!In the introductory segment, I talk a little about my college debate community, and I was back in New Haven for a reunion this weekend. So there was toasting, debating, singing, and, when my boyfriend and I happened to come across the Yale Freestyle Dueling Association, swordfighting.He's swinging … [Read more...]

Receiving Fraternal Correction from Non-Catholics [Saints Bookclub]

In 2015, I’m reading and blogging through Ronald Knox’s collection of sermons on Christian exemplars, Captive Flames: On Selected Saints and Christian Heroes.  Every Monday (kinda), I’ll be writing about the next portrait in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.In this week's chapter of Captive Flames, Roland Knox discusses the stories of King David and St Edmund of Abingdon in parallel, as a lens on how Catholics should live as exiles in the world and how they … [Read more...]

Anselm Lived at the *Wrong* Scale [Saints Bookclub]

In 2015, I’m reading and blogging through Ronald Knox’s collection of sermons on Christian exemplars, Captive Flames: On Selected Saints and Christian Heroes.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next portrait in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.Reading Ronald Knox's sermon on St Anselm, I was reminded of my own confirmation saint, Augustine.  In Augustine's time, priests sometimes detoured to avoid cities that had a bishop-vacancy, out of fear that the … [Read more...]

Contemplation and Comment Moderation for Lent

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent -- the season of preparation for Easter.  The whole church fasts from meat on Fridays, during this season, and individual Catholics usually make personal commitments to give something up or take something on as a discipline this season.In Lent and in any other time, I sometimes like to review what suggestion other people make to me that I most frequently ignore, and, thus, this Lent seems like a good time for me to take a look at contemplative … [Read more...]

Learning the Dragonslayer’s Laughter [Saints Bookclub]

In 2015, I’m reading and blogging through Ronald Knox’s collection of sermons on Christian exemplars, Captive Flames: On Selected Saints and Christian Heroes.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next portrait in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.In his sermon on St. George, Knox focuses primarily on why England would choose this saint as its patron, and what this reflects about England itself.  It makes sense that Knox looks past the saint at what the c … [Read more...]