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Elizabeth on Mary, Dorothy on Therese, Ramona & Ingrid on Clare: Book Fair Finds for Women’s History Month

My church library had a used book fair this past weekend, and I came home with three books: Truly Our Sister: A Theology of Mary in the Communion of Saints by Sr. Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, which she wrote more or … Continue reading

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Asking for Better Homilies: A How-To Guide

Some of us were dismayed and disappointed at the preaching we heard this weekend, which expounded on the Beatitudes without making even a veiled reference to the Muslim ban (aka executive order prohibiting entry to citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries, … Continue reading

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Hodie

Today, Christ is born! Today, Salvation appears! Today, on earth, angels sing, archangels rejoice, the just exult, saying: Glory to God in the Highest, Alleluia!

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Phrases and Shapes in Two Languages: Hail Mary, Ave Maria

The other night, I got to praying/playing around with the Hail Mary in both English and Latin, and found some interesting differences in shape. Here’s the traditional text, as every English-speaking Catholic child learns it: Hail Mary, full of grace, … Continue reading

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Advent, Day 9: How can God bear to look at us.

Word: God(Damn)It* Verse: Isaiah 23:5 Note that Isaiah 23 is not included in the Catholic Sunday lectionary. Since Catholics mostly hear the bible at mass, most of us don’t know this text. *I said I’d put profanity behind the jump, … Continue reading

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Advent, Day 7: Questions, Questions, Questions

You know that thing where you read a story from scripture and ask yourself, who in this story do I identify with? I did that thing. This is what happened. Word and verse below the jump.

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Advent, Day Five: She Who Is

Word: Bloody Verse: Isaiah 4:5 What if we read the LORD in Isaiah 4:2-6 through a womanly metaphor? as She Who Is, the one who writhed in labor to birth creation? On that day, The branch of  She Who Is … Continue reading

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Advent, Day Four: Trumpet Blast

This year, I’m following along with an unusual Advent devotional that renders the anger and outrage of the prophets into contemporary colloquial language. Each day, there’s a word and a bible verse. On days when the word is an expletive, … Continue reading

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Advent, Day One: Prepared? Yeah, No.

This year, I’m following along with an unusual Advent devotional that renders the anger and outrage of the prophets into contemporary colloquial language: #FuckThisShit. For those who just can’t pray with expletives, there’s a toned-down version: #RendtheHeavens . For an … Continue reading

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But since we are of the day, let us be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love and the helmet that is hope for salvation. – 1 Thess 5:8 Hope, if we define it as holding to the … Continue reading

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