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Welcome Knights and Columbiettes!

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I had a great weekend with you, thank you for having me!
If you’d like to continue the quest of bringing your family, friends, and community back to the Catholic Church, the book you want is Return by Brandon Vogt.  You can read my endorsement here.
Here’s Brandon’s quick article on Seven Steps to Bring Any Young Person Back to the Church.
This works.  Do this

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All I’m Saying for Now

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A little foretaste of things to come:

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About the Ugly Duckling Phase

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You  may have noticed that I caused the blog to become terribly ugly, and then I left it that way.  Here’s what’s going on:

In anticipation of the new project TBA, I need to get this blog into a layout that will support some of the necessary new features.
Therefore, I’ve been toying around with themes-n-things, in order to find a combination of beauty and utility that satisfies both my aesthetic goals and my desire to not have to learn very much.
And then I wasn’t feeling well.*  So my blog got stuck with a terrible experimental haircut

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Thanks for asking, I don’t know either.

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I’ve been meaning to write a health update since last September.  I sat down then to write that everything was still great (yay!) except that gosh, I was really very tired.  Just a cold, though, no worries.
Seven or so colds later (I lost count at six, but there was at least one more), I started to turn a corner around the new year.   I’m definitely better than I was in the fall, but every time I start to be happy with the new normal, the new normal decides maybe I’m getting a bit uppity about this “having energy” thing

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The Increasing Kindly Light of Lent

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A couple of decades ago, while employed at a large retail greenhouse, I met a lovely woman 12 years my senior, whose company made the hours pass quickly. We often worked together in the hoop-houses — plastic greenhouses framed with aluminum ribs — at the back of the retail area. Those production houses were the hottest of all 20, being low and lacking adequate ventilation.
Each spring we’d spend 50 or more hours a week, often in 90-degree heat, hauling potting mix, containers and 200 feet of heavy hoses. We potted hundreds of perennials, filled thousands of flats with seedlings and for a million times a day bent our backs as we moved plants from work bench to floor

Demons Love a Well-swept House

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During Lent I place in the oratory a small plaque with two words: Vacare Deo, to empty oneself for God. It’s a reminder for spiritual cleaning.
As it’s midwinter, and I’m already bored with being indoors, I am looking for things to do. This translates to “it’s time to clean up,” and I try to organize the attic recently assaulted with boxes of Christmas decorations. The basement could do with a bit of organizing too

Whatever you do, PLEASE read this!

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I know, I know. I’m the world’s worst blogger! I wrote every. single. day. last October, and then … I think I must have hit some sort of mental block posting quota

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Thanksgiving for Advent

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This Advent has been … odd. Is that the right word? Odd? Yes. Sure. Let’s go with it.
It was Thanksgiving one day, then I turned around for a second, and WOOSH! – it was the first Sunday of Advent! What in the actual heck?
I ascribe at least some of my radical disorientation to being displaced

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31 Days of Unexpected Joy: Beginnings (Day 31)

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I wanted to title this post 31 Days of Unexpected Joy:
“Completion!” or
“The End!” or
“Sayonara, sucka!” or
“I did it!” or (my personal favorite)
“Insert Hallelujah Chorus Here!”
But instead, I chose “Beginnings,” because, well, I feel like I’ve (re)learned a lot during this crazy 31-day writing process, but it’s not over and done with – not by a long shot. I feel like, in many ways, I’m just beginning. And beginnings feel fresh, new, and promising, which is good, especially since I feel a bit tired, weary, and worn.
On Monday morning, CatholicMom.com is scheduled to publish an article recounting some of the spiritual lessons learned during this challenge

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31 Days of Unexpected Joy: Sacrifice (Day 30)

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You’ve heard it before:
No pain, no gain.
And maybe you’ve come across this:
No trial, no triumph.
Here’s the one I’ve come to understand a little bit better this past month:
No sacrifice, no joy.
Now, it’s one thing to sacrifice something and experience pride because of it – and there’s nothing wrong with a healthy sense of pride over a job well done.
The joy I’m talking about, however, comes from an interior knowledge that you’re uniting the discomfort of your present circumstance with the Ultimate Suffering of Christ on the Cross

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