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February 9, 2013

For years a friend of mine has hosted an annual Shakespeare party. It used to be held around William Shakespeare's birthday (April 23), but usually it is now held just before Lent, when the weather is more amenable to wearing heavy costumes. It also serves as a final farewell to the Christmas partying season. The party includes music and skits prepared by the guests, either from Shakespeare or evocative of his time.

This year's Shakespeare party will be tonight. It's not often that...

February 8, 2013

Last June, I made my First Promise as a member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites. The First Promise to the local community is for three years, at the end of which (God willing) the community may invite me to make a Definitive Promise, for life. 

Because secular Carmelites are considered to be full members of the Discalced Carmelites, according to their state in...

February 7, 2013

A number of years ago, I read a blog by an anti-Catholic Protestant apologist. The Protestant had been raised a Catholic, but (according to him) "found Jesus," "got saved," and was spending his time writing anti-Catholic screeds to inform Catholics why they didn't have Jesus and would be going to hell. The blog was fairly entertaining, when read from the perspective of a recently minted Catholic "grunt" apologist seeking to earn her stripes by dissecting and analyzing anti-Catholic arguments...

February 6, 2013

On a recent Sunday, the readings included the Apostle Paul's description to the Corinthians of the functions of the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:12-30). In his homily at the Mass I attended that day, the pastor reflected on the appropriateness of St. Paul's choice to liken the relationship between Christ and the members...

February 5, 2013

In my first blog post for the Catholic Answers Blog, I discussed some of the horror stories I'd been told over the years of abuses of the Eucharist, the precious body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. Some of the stories of what people have done to the Eucharist, usually because of innocent ignorance, are truly mind-boggling.

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