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Melanie Bettinelli
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Oh yeah. And the song from Willy Wonka is spot on.
Hauntingly beautiful
This is one of the most impressive advertisements I've seen in a while.

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Thinking about praying with kids. Pretty flowers too.

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We're back! . . .  Sort of. . . .
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Well, my blog is down and I feel lost and bereft. I have all these posts I want to write! Now I'm praying that the blog comes back soon-- really that Dom can recover it-- and that I don't lose everything.

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Come talk with me about how to evangelize trolls.

"Common wisdom says that one should not “feed the trolls,” but that is a dehumanizing attitude. After all these “trolls” are sons and daughters of God, they are the lost sheep… and Jesus told Peter to feed his sheep. While it might be prudent to avoid pointless engagement, to lovingly open up dialogue, even with someone spewing bile, might be a great act of evangelization."

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"I have lost interest in reading or writing prescriptive articles on Christian living, as though I need only tweak this or that area of my life to be a spiritual success story.
 
Sometimes, in downplaying worldly success, it’s possible to over-emphasize domestic success, spiritual success, marital success. In the big picture, it’s all worldly. Domestic bliss is “of this world” just as existential crisis is.
 
Some things are just as true as they are mysterious– I want to immerse myself in the truth of Jesus Christ. In him you cannot go wrong, no dwelling in parameters, no rationalization of non-essentials, no perpetual use of self as anecdotal evidence. One week’s powerlessness can be another week’s progress depending on the Spirit’s placement. But Christ never changes."

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"Perhaps one reason that the Catholic Church in the United States is shrinking is because we have yielded so much to the abstraction of the Devil.  We need to preach the Gospel (in all of its fullness) to individuals.  We need to embrace and love individuals.  We need to be a people of particularity and not a people of abstraction.  If we are not dedicated to particularity, then we really are building a bridge to nowhere.  Let's begin again today to love, forgive, and embrace with particularity.  Let the Word become flesh, here."

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 My friend Dorian has put together a beautiful site called Electing the Pope on which she and a team of contributors answer any and all questions about the papacy and the conclave and really all things Catholic. You can read through all the questions they've answered and submit your own questions if you can't find an answer your looking for. All the answers are researched and have links to outside sources for further reading. I highly recommend it for non-Catholics who are confused by the whole thing, for Catholics who want to know more, for homeschoolers studying this extraordinary moment in history. Please check it out:
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