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Melanie Bettinelli
Attended University of Dallas
Lived in Austin, Texas
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Oh yeah. And the song from Willy Wonka is spot on.
 
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This is one of the most impressive advertisements I've seen in a while.
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We're back! . . .  Sort of. . . .
I think you'll need to resubscribe if you follow with a reader.
  Here’s a picture of me and Lucy so this post doesn’t look too bare.   So my blog crashed. You might have missed it. I certainly did. I felt like someone had amputated a part of my brain. We’ve been planning to migrate to Word Press for a while now, but have been waiting […]
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(grin) Two years of Classical Greek in high school. Some things ya just can't forget.
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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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By Jennifer Fulwiler | One interesting aspect of undergoing a dramatic conversion as an adult is that it's given me the opportunity to be deeply immersed in two rather different cultures. Up until my mid-20s, I was very much a part of...
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Thinking about praying with kids. Pretty flowers too.
Lord, open my lips This morning we had one of the best catechesis sessions ever. Totally not my doing, except that I was open to inspiration and ran with it when I saw what was happening. It was also one of the best experiences of lectio divina I’ve ever had. What happened was this. After […]
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+Melanie Bettinelli , I loved this post. I have started to say Terce before school starts at our home, but you just convinced me to pray it out loud so the boys can hear it!
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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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Melanie, I followed your blog back when Google Reader still had sharing functions.  I always appreciated it.  I'm sorry I haven't visited much recently!  I hope it is recoverable!
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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."
Gareth was a lifelong, militant, scientific atheist who had always heaped scorn on Thomas's deep Catholic faith. But six months earlier Gareth's wife had died, and suddenly Gareth turned up on Thomas's doorstep, wanting to talk about God. Somehow over the years of working together, ...
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Fred, That's beautiful. Thank you.
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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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This week's Credo post, "Begotten not made" by Emily Cook.
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I change diapers, fill sippy cups, cook meals, read picture books aloud, answer questions by the hundreds, teach counting, handwriting, phonics and lifeskills, bake bread, conquor laundry, occasionally vacuum, never dust, pray a lot to get through each challenging, joy-filled day. Oh yeah and I write a little on this blog thing I have.
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Austin, Texas - Irving, Texas - Manziana, Italy - Salem, Massachusets
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Introduction
I'm a Catholic wife and mother of five, a booklover, a wanna-be-homemaker, with an incurable writing habit. Giving thanks for joyful chaos.
Bragging rights
I know where my towel is.
Education
  • University of Dallas
    English, 1992 - 1996
  • Boston College
    Literature/ Irish Studies, 2000 - 2002
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Female
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Married