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A little perspective for those lamenting the pockets of relentless negativity that infect the Catholic internet.
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Why are Catholics such slackers about Penance?  

"As a Catholic mother, my experience is that I’m far more likely to be criticized for being too pious and for being not worldly enough.  I don’t mean the wider world will criticize me; I mean that I can expect the clergy, the parish staff, and my fellow pewsitters to all murmur — openly or otherwise — if I exceed the approved amount of holiness.  It’s as if people are terrified that someone, somewhere, is this close to turning into St. Rose of Lima."
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Why I approve of Ashtags:

"It makes me happy to see people making a stab at repentance, even if they're doing it terribly imperfectly and for all the wrong reasons.  It's still more than nothing.

"It's so much more than nothing that I think Satan would delight to see everyone get all embarrassed and too-holy-for-public-viewing and not let anyone know that we have some vague awareness of how wretchedly miserable we are and how desperately we need a Savior."
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A beautiful Lenten devotional for outdoorsmen and gardeners: Cultivating God's Garden by Margaret Rose Realy.  Also recommended for ladies' book clubs of any composition, loads of fodder for jumpstarting conversations about our relationship with God.
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A little Mardi Gras satire, inspired by the You Can't Make This Stuff Up file: USCCB hires National Labor Relations Board to vet Catholic Colleges.  Newman Society approves.
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If only confirmation class were taught by the internet news.  "30 Teenagers Walked Into a Church, and You'll Never Believe What the Bishop Did Next."
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What you need when the forces of nostalgia and clericalism join force . . . is a proper reading of the lives of the saints.  In today's tale, St. Beatus gets Christological, and the archbishop calls him a mountaineer.  Or worse.
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How edible souvenirs from abroad helped me understand the workings of low-literacy cultures past and present.  Everyone should study history this way.  
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On why we Catholics stink at doing Lent:

"The suffering we accept willingly is the most honest of measure of who we are and what we are about."
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Short and sweet and right to the point---I LIKE it  :)
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Fr. L explains the history of bad Church music, and I reply with the present.
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Love this post--you were like a surgeon cutting right to the infection,
cutting it out and getting rid of it. Nicely done! [?]
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Fr. Longenecker proves he can hold his own with C.S. Lewis and all the rest of the gang.  Quick review of Slubgrip Instructs, Fr. L's second follow-on to Screwtape.
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What is a healthy response to BDSM? Let's talk about that for a minute.  (ADULT topic, thank you.)
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You got it completely right!  Bravo!
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Have her in circles
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Veronica Fernandez's profile photo
Karen Boyce's profile photo
George Mathew's profile photo
Eric Sammons's profile photo
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Jean Heimann's profile photo
Judy Klein's profile photo
Brother Sean Bradley's profile photo
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I'm a homeschool mom, catechist, accountant and writer.  For fun I like history (SCA anyone?), playing outside, and going to the library.
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I'm the vice president of the Catholic Writers Guild, and author of Classroom Management for Catechists from Liguori Publications.