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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1. Sam and Gabe, along with the rest of the church choir, participated in the Jubilee Church Choir Competition last night in Cleveland.

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It was broadcast live! Tonight is the second half of the competition and the winners will be announced.
may 2010 0652. The competition was in St. John's Cathedral in Cleveland. I think I have only been there once in all the time I have lived in Ohio, so it was very nice to see it again with the children.

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3. Of course while we were killing time before the competition was to start, we walked down towards Lake Erie, not far from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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It was a beautiful evening.

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4. I think I have been a sports mom too long. I'm use to cheering loudly for my players and high fiving every success. I felt very constrained last night at not being able to do that for the choir!!


5. When I got home last night, I couldn't go to sleep right away, so I stayed up and watched the O'Reilly Factor. Meagan Kelly was on giving her analysis of the Arizona Law and in her opinion, Federal Law, already on the books, is TOUGHER than the new state law - so I'm not understanding what all of the fuss is about? you can read the full text of the bill yourself here.

6.  We had a shooting in the neighborhood this week. A mom and her jr. high aged son found a man dead in his car parked by the side of the street.  She said she heard loud music the night before and then a gun shot but didn't go out to investigate because we hear guns and loud noises around here all the time. Yesterday Mr. Pete was listening to a discussion of this on the radio and the commentator said, "What kind of a neighborhood is it where you get use to hearing gun shots?"  Well, it's not as though we have fatalities all the time, but between the discharge of fire arms and the use of illegal fire works, there are a lot of shots and pops going off and it will get worse as the summer gets going.  But one thing I know, when you hear a gun shot YOU DO NOT GO OUT TO INVESTIGATE!  You look carefully out the window and maybe peek out on the porch.

7. Arizona has also been in the news because of the brouhaha over the abortion in a Catholic Hospital.  Joining the cacophony, of course was NPR  Known for their severe list to the left, I wasn't surprised when they found an equally left-leaning Catholic "expert" to shed more shadow on the subject. 
"They were in quite a dilemma," says Lisa Sowle Cahill, who teaches Catholic theology at Boston College. "There was no good way out of it. The official church position would mandate that the correct solution would be to let both the mother and the child die. I think in the practical situation that would be a very hard choice to make."
Having studied this in depth some years back on this blog, I know the official church position is that both mother and child are patients and both should be treated with dignity.  Leave it to NPR to leave those subtleties out of it. 





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