“Pass over to renewal” – A Holy Week message

Blessed Holy Week! I won’t be hosting 7 Quick Takes this Friday in honor of Good Friday, but I lo forward to seeing you all again next week. Also, you know what’s great? Cardinal Timothy Dolan. You know what’s even better? Cardinal Timothy Dolan ivering a powerful Holy Week message in less than a minute… [Continue Reading]

Tell me about your plans for Lent!


What are your plans for Lent? (If you’re not familiar with this season, which starts Wednesday, Marcel Lejeune has the answers to all your questions here.) I know that some people don’t like discussing this publicly, since it can sometimes degenerate into a one-upsmanship contest in which the final commenter triumphs with her announcement that… [Continue Reading]

Recommended reading for Lent

Ash Wednesday is just around the corner (March 9), so I wanted to share my suggestions for great Lenten reads, and get your suggestions as well. Also, based on some es I’ve been getting with questions about Lent, I wanted to say: If you’re considering observing Lent but aren’t familiar with it, I strongly encourage… [Continue Reading]

Status in the sight of God

I went to confession tonight; well, I tried, anyway. It was one of those big pre-Easter sessions where there were hundreds of people and about a dozen priests. By the time I got in one of the s there were at least 30 people in front of me, and after waiting a while I decided… [Continue Reading]

And to dust you shall return

We had a great time on Fat Tuesday. To do some feasting before the start of our first Lent as Catholics, my husband and I went to the the Darwins‘ house. When I first arrived I felt the wind pick up and loed to see some threatening clouds on the horizon, so I hurried to… [Continue Reading]