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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The Pope, the Vice President and the Abuse mentality

 A few months ago, Vice President Mike Pence took a lot of angry criticism from the left for his policy of not being in situations alone with a woman.  Vice President Pence formed his policy from a similar one created by the Reverend Billy Graham. 

The Washington Post reported: 
In 2002, Mike Pence told the Hill that he never eats alone with a woman other than his wife and that he won’t attend events featuring alcohol without her by his side, either.

Feminists and liberals were outraged at the time, but Pence is looking like a genius these days for living with this common-sense practice. And although some are arguing that the Pence Practice wouldn't work today, it's pretty clear that what has become the norm over the past 50 years or so isn't working either!

Nicholes Fuentes via Flickr, licensed cc. 

Mike Pence is an Evangelical Protestant, but he was raised Catholic. I wonder if some of what formed his views on this might have been Pope Paul VI and his Humane Vitae Encyclical?  

Back in 1968, The Pope was being pressured to change the church's teaching on artificial contraception. He even assembled a group of lay people and clergy to discuss the issue and give input. This group recommended that the church's teaching be changed. Pope Paul's ultimate decision was to write Humane Vitae.

In his reflections on the effects of artificial contraception on the world, Pope Paul became a prophet. His words are chillingly true today:

Responsible men can become more deeply convinced of the truth of the doctrine laid down by the Church on this issue if they reflect on the consequences of methods and plans for artificial birth control. Let them first consider how easily this course of action could open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards. Not much experience is needed to be fully aware of human weakness and to understand that human beings—and especially the young, who are so exposed to temptation—need incentives to keep the moral law, and it is an evil thing to make it easy for them to break that law. Another effect that gives cause for alarm is that a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection.

That is indeed what has happened. Women have been deceived into thinking of contraception as "health care." It is expected and almost required for young women in this culture to be sexually active or at least ready for sexual activity and to be on some form of contraception. But instead of empowering women, this type of cultural expectation has stripped them of their feminity and humanity and made it much easier for them to be victimized and abused.

Powerful men like Weinstein et al don't think of these women and potential wives and mothers. They are simply a way of achieving some sort of sexual release and exercising a power over them that they have no right to exert.

I think it's also funny to note that a few weeks ago the nation was ripping down war monuments and protesting race inequality. This month the statuary is saved, and the war is between the sexes and the classes. The wheel will turn again. Can't imagine what our national focus will be on next.


  1. I think this is the best piece you have ever written.


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