My Lent 2019 Book List Plans

Is this the year you really want to dive into Lent? Do you want to come out of this Lenten Season and truly feel that you've had a small share of living in the desert with Christ for 40 days? I know that I do. Maybe it's an upcoming birthday that's making me have more of a now-or-never type of attitude towards Lent. Or maybe I just acutely feel the necessity of truly modeling this for my children, and living it with my husband. Whatever it is, these are the books and resources I'm going to use this Lent to really LIVE the season from Ash Wednesday all the way through to Easter Vigil. Look them over. If something looks helpful to you, use it. If it inspires you, go with it. I hope all of these bless and encourage you.

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JCecil questions my ability to raise Catholic kids!

My nemesis, JCecil, (who incidentally has only one child that hasn't even been born yet) has questioned my ability to raise faithful Catholic Children. So it's pretty plain to me that I spend way more time over on his blog, than he EVER has on mine. I'll let my faithful readership decide.

I'm posting these excerpts for a laugh!

Of course, those who think like Elena wind up hoping and encouraging all their children to chose what she likely believes is the highest calling, which is celibacy.

I wonder what will happen when Elena's children face the adult world and find themselves unprepared from the inevitable questions that they will face. What will happen when they face a question they can't answer because they were never exposed to the possibility that there is another way to look at the issue?

I can't possibly predict the future with any accuracy, but I suspect that they will be thrown into doubt and eventually rebel against the way their faith has been presented to them with a ferocity she can't imagine.

If that happens, will they find their way back to the Church?

I received an email from a woman a few weeks back saying that my own recent pieces on the strengths and weaknesses of Humanae Vitae as an illustration of the notion of "advancing progressive views" made her consider returning to the Church for the first time years. I pray she gives us another shot.

Maybe someone like myself will have to bring Elena's children back to the Church by saying something to the effect of "Maybe you're mom didn't really present the full truth of Catholicism to you entirely and accurately. You're confusing infallible teaching and non-infallible teaching, and misunderstanding the meaning of obedience as intended by the Vatican, itself. There is room for a multiplicity of ways of understanding this issue even among conservatives or the so-called orthodox. There is even room for legitimate dissent on this particular issue causing you so much doubt and anger. You don't have to leave the Church over this."

Pretty nervy for a guy who hasn't changed his first diaper yet.

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