A softer Lent of little penances

My Lenten penance this year was easy to settle on. This life in the suburbs with routines of work and a clutch of young children, shows me very clearly every day, what my weaknesses are, where I can become a bit better as a person, where I can give God a bit more leeway to…

Getting over feeling blah

*It’s been a long time since I wrote here or anywhere else. I thought I’d visit my site today and found this post I’d been preparing in mid-February. I never got to send it, because just after this I felt much worse and stopped everything, tipping into real burn out I think. I’m over my…

What and How I Get to Read

Do people still read books these days? I’ve been reading Elizabeth Scalia’s book Strange Gods, two letters from readers of my column, Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), numerous blog posts and newspaper articles, and cake recipes from the free supermarket magazine I picked up at the checkout when doing the milk, bread,…

The Ripple Effect of a Slack (or a Great) Lent

Image by Linda/Flickr   I’ll never forget the sharp stab of guilt I felt at the conclusion of Lent a couple of years ago. My eldest daughter had struggled beautifully and mostly successfully to give up sweets, despite her younger brothers and sisters occasionally enjoying them in front of her. “A couple of times I…