Bloggerhood Etc. 4/20/15

Sleeping Angel Cemetery Marker

Image via John Pavlovitz

Must Read.I was a Lampedusa refugee. Here’s my story of fleeing Libya – and surviving” by Hakim Bello at The Guardian.

Best Reminder.Because People Will Die Today” by John Pavlovitz.

Best Dad Post.To My Wife: Thank You” by Carl Wilke at Big Cheese Dad.

Best Mom Post.The Tyranny of Mrs. Pepper” by Evelyn Shoop at Momsicle.

Best Satire.All Hail Hillvetica, the Hillary Clinton Typeface” by John Browlee (font design by Rick Wolff) at Fast Company.

Best Gremlin Post (tie).Punching My Gremlins in the Face” by Leanne Sype at Writings and Ruminations and “How I Got Rid of the Gremlins” by Andee Zomerman  at Nature of a Servant.

Best Special Needs Post.The Invitation Game” by Robert Rummel-Hudson at Support for Special Needs.

Best Story.How This ‘Mad Scientist’ Helped Shape the Music of Jack White, Trent Reznor, and ZZ Top” by Leigh Buchanan at Inc.

Best List.A Graphic Reminder to Be Kind to My Child” by Brent Almond at Designer Daddy.

Best Video. (That’s Also a List). “Top Ten Futuristic Products” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).

To catch up on the great posts I’m reading online and to get a sneak preview of next week’s candidates, check out my new Around the Blogosphere board on Pinterest.

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Bloggerhood Etc. 4/13/15

pizza

Photo via Redemption Pictures

Still in the midst of an extended break. The blog will pick up again soon, I promise. In the meantime, here’s the best of the last two weeks …

Best Holy Week Trilogy, Part One.Stripping the Altar” by Cara Strickland at Little Did She Know.

Best Holy Week Trilogy, Part Two.The Dark and Beautiful Cross” by Alise Wright at Knitting Soul.

Best Holy Week Trilogy, Part Three.With Scars and All” by Eric Immel, SJ at The Jesuit Post.

Best List.Ten Reasons Why Christians Should Give Pizza to Everybody” by Micah J. Murray at Redemption Pictures Blog.

Best Special Needs Post.Love Pushes Us to the Front of the Crowd” by Gillian Marchenko at Not Alone.

Best Graphic.What Your Favorite Map Projection Says About You” by xkcd.

Best News.Beloved Brontosaurus Makes a Comeback” by Ewen Callaway at Nature.

Most Unexpected.In Defense of Marriage” by Daniel Pelfrey at Post-Postmodern Dad.

Best Commentary.Thomas Cromwell Was the Islamic State of His Day” by Dominic Selwood at The Guardian.

Best Video.Donall and Conall Meet Richard Dawkins” by Lutheran Satire (via YouTube).

To catch up on the great posts I’m reading online and to get a sneak preview of next week’s candidates, check out my new Around the Blogosphere board on Pinterest.

Bloggerhood Etc. 2/23/15

Kid on a bus.

Photo: Sarah Ruttan

Best Parenting Post.Stamps in Their Passport: The Highs and Lows of Travel with Children” by Sarah Ruttan at Alice Calahan’s The Science of Mom.

Best Commentary.School Is About More Than Training Kids to Be Adults” by Michael Godsey at The Atlantic.

Best List.Want to ‘Take Up,’ Rather Than ‘Give Up’ Something for Lent? Try the Acts of Mercy” by Elizabeth Tenety at America.

Most Infuriating.How The Boss May Be Quietly Pocketing Your Server’s Tips” by Dave Jamieson at Huff Post Business.

Best Reflection.When Your Life is Out of Control During Lent” by Natalie Trust.

Best Special-Needs Post.A Fashion Breakthrough for Those with Developmental Disabilities” by Melissa Hart at Oregon Live.

Most Monastic.De(tales): Mystery” by Hope Lyda, guest-posting at Cara Strickland’s Little Did She Know.

Best Profile.Is the College of Faith for Real?” by Evin Demirel at SB Nation.

Best of the Bunch.Spiritual Assault: How Not to Run a Parish” by Barbara Parsons, part of a series of stories on the Catholic priesthood at Commonweal.

Best Video.Zeppelin!” by Louisville Leopard Percussionists (via YouTube).

To catch up on the great posts I’m reading online and to get a sneak preview of next week’s candidates, check out my new Around the Blogosphere board on Pinterest.

Bloggerhood Etc. 1/26/15

Luzern Bridge

Photo: Niall Wallace/BBC News Magazine

Best Beginning.Introducing Our New Baby Boy” by Alice Callahan at Science of Mom.

Best Photoblog.The Camera That Captured People’s Lives” at BBC News Magazine.

Best Special Needs Post.I Know What Causes Autism” by Carrie Carriello.

Best Parenting Post.All My Issues With Goodnight Moon” by Raquel D’Apice at The Ugly Volvo.

Best Question.Is Your One-Word Resolution Holding You Back?” by Kelly Balarie at Purposeful Faith.

Most Thought-Provoking.The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and it is Not What You Think” by Johann Hari at Huff Post Politics.

Most Encouraging.Trust Between Friends and Strangers” by Alise Chaffins at Knitting Soul.

Best Idea.Uno, the Bomb, and How You Can Make Game Night More Epic” by B.K. Mullen at Dad on the Mic.

Best Commentary.Kirby Delauter’s Not the Only One Who Doesn’t Understand the First Amendment” by Tyler J. Francke.

Best Tribute.An Elegy for Casey” by Cara Strickland at Little Did She Know.

Best Essay. The Fighting Indians Earn It” by Peter Rugg at SB Nation.

Best Parody Video.New England Patriots Cialis Commercial Parody” by Bestonium.com (via YouTube).

“Ask your equipment manager.”

Bloggerhood Etc. 12/1/14

An all-purple Advent Wreath

But where’s the pink candle? (Photo: Cara Strickland)

Happy December and a Blessed Advent to all of you. Here’s the best of the last two weeks, beginning with an Advent post.

Best Start to Advent.Dwell” by Cara Strickland at Little Did She Know.

Best Special Needs Post.We See You, Calvin” by Kara Dedert at Not Alone.

Best Dad Post.Sorry Kids, I Will Never “Let” You Beat Me” by Beau Coffron at Lunchbox Dad.

Most Moving.Ghostly Grief: On Miscarriage and Loss” by Micha Boyett at On Faith.

Best Retrospective.A Eulogy for Radio Shack” by Jon Bois at SBNation.

Best List.12 Things For Which I Forget to be Thankful” by Andee Zomerman at Nature of a Servant.

Best Commentary.Why the Lack of Indictment for Mike Brown’s Shooting is a Devastating Blow” by Kristen Howerton at Rage Against the Minivan.

Best Personal Essay.Gate A-4” by Naomi Shihab Nye at David Kanigan’s Live and Learn.

Best Response.Foolishness, Poverty, Mobility” by Elizabeth Stoker Bruening.

Best Photoblog.Read Me! Please!: Book Titles Rewritten to Get More Clicks” by Janet Potter at The Millions.

Best Interview.Faith and Science: 15 Questions for Dr. Stephen Barr” by Sean Salai, S.J. at America.

Best Reality Check.Pomplamoose 2014 Tour Profits (or Lack Thereof)” by Jack Conte at Medium.

Best Meditation.I Was Wrong About You, 2014” by Natalie Trust.

Best Profile.A Football Martyr” by John Rosengren at SB Nation.

Cutest Video.Paranormal Petivity” by Pets Add Life (via YouTube).

“What?”

Conflicting Whispers

There are two different whispers that I’ve heard throughout my life. I wrote about one of them in an essay describing my path to the Catholic Church.

God speaks to us all the time, but he usually speaks in subtle ways. Beautiful whispers that draw us little by little toward him. God spoke to me many times in the most unlikely places, although I didn’t recognize his voice until much later.

There’s another whisper that contends with God. An ugly whisper that feeds our doubts and despair at one moment, and puffs up our pride and self-image the next. A whisper that is confusing because the whisperer means to confuse.

Jesus called this whisperer “the father of lies” and all his whispers are lies. Sometimes he tells us what we want to hear and sometimes he tells us what we dread but everything he says is a lie.

“You are worthless.”

“You are better than everyone else.”

“You will never amount to anything.”

“You can have whatever you want, just take it.”

“Everybody hates you.”

“Everybody likes you.”

“You will die alone and penniless.”

“You will be rich and famous and live a long life.”

It doesn’t matter that his whispers contradict each other. He wants to confuse you, and get you to the point where you don’t know if you’re coming our going. Above all, he has to keep whispering to drown out the other whisper.

Don’t listen to him. Listen instead to the One who tells you what you need to hear.

“I love you.”

“I died for you.”

“I rose so that you may have life eternal in my presence.”

Amen.

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Begin Again

August 1

Every day is a new beginning.

So is every month.

Clocks cycle, calendars turn, and we mark out time in neat little packages. But time doesn’t come in packages. It’s not a calendar or a clock. It’s a river, constantly flowing forward and carrying us along moment by moment.

The past is set.

The future is unknown.

But the present—the now—is where we begin again.

We fall, and we get back up again.

We fall again, and we get back up again.

And the only thing that sets the saints apart is this …

They get up one more time than they fall.

Take His hand.

Get up.

Begin again.

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