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In which I'm supposed to be teaching French grammar, and end up in the local (English) dialect instead.  This is why my classes maybe get a little bit loud.
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Margaret Rose Realy's new book A Catholic Gardener's Spiritual Almanac is out.   Easter Bunny says give it to your friends who like Catholic+Gardening.
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What I'm reading lately, and more proof there's nothing new under the sun: St. Pacian tried to get us to quit running around like a wild animals 1600 years ago, and we're still busy acting all cosmopolitan today.
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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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A few notes for ordinary Catholics on the art of picking a decent Lenten penance.  Many of us get a few days (or weeks) in and realize we need to adjust a bit. 
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Follow-on to yesterday's post: A case study of a parish that gets logistics right, and links to several sucessful adult- and teen-discipleship programs.  If you want to make disciples, you have to have the goal and the means to meet the goal.
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The question people ask every Lent: What about St. Patrick's Day?  I chat about penance and why it's your own business, and also share the real reason I wore green on Sunday.
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A visit from the President vs. a funeral at Arlington Cemetery; one of them is an inconvenience, the other an honor -- and civil rights is the theme that connects them both.
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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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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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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.