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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One of the things I thought about this week in conjunction with Sam's Birthday was the importance of giving control of the birth process back to women. With the C-section rate soaring and celebrities opting for Cesareans as if they were going in for a pedicure, I think it is important for young women to feel confident in their ability to grow and birth their own babies. Medical intervention should only be an emergency supplement to their birth choices, not the main course. How Health Care legislation affects this remains to be seen. And why is this a Catholic issue? Because how a woman is treated in birth can help determine how she feels about remaining open to new life. If women aren't treated with dignity and respect during one of the most intimate moments of their life, it can just close their hearts to the idea of having more children. It happened to me. Sam's birth changed all of that for me.

We had a couple of good feast days last week so I blogged about St. Agnes and St. Sebastian

Lots of action this week over at Visits to Candyland.

Kelly blogged about a passage from the book The Crucified Rabbi: Judaism and the Origins of Catholic Christianity about the tradition of invoking the name of someone's mother in prayer. That certainly got a discussion going with the anti-Mary crowd.

The discussion also moved to my reposting of an examination of the Hail Mary

Elswhere, Hilltop Farm had a review of The Gospel Truth: A Lectionary-Based Catechism for Adults - Cross-Referenced to the U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults that looks pretty interesting, so I bought a copy.

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