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The post-Easter let-down

Every year I feel guilty about how my fervor slacks during Easter Week. After the frenetic week of preparation and emotional intensity and the liturgical marathon of the Triduum and the social whirlwind of Easter itself, I deflate. I want to celebrate Easter joy with a prayer that is as intense, as filled with joy […]

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Quarantine: Holy Week Edition

(I didn’t post this last week, but it was written last Wednesday.) It’s hard to believe, looking back at my blog archives, that on March 9 my biggest concern was getting to Mass after the time change. How everything has changed. I’m still going out for groceries once a week and Dom and I have […]

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Watch and Pray

Tonight we watched two strange Holy Thursday Masses. The Pope’s Mass in an empty St Peter’s basilica played on my laptop while I made dinner, the computer resting next to my tray of hot cross buns. There was no washing of feet. No Eucharistic procession to the altar of repose. It was solemn and starkly […]

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Reading Shakespeare’s Sonnets in Quarantine

Sir Patrick Stewart has embarked on a spontaneous project to read through Shakespeare’s sonnets— so far one of my favorite instances of the outflowing of creativity that is whiling away the time in this season of plague/quarantine/social distancing.* And… to my shame, I’ve never actually sat down and read the sonnets. I know a few […]

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Nesting Herons

Today was partly cloudy and warmer, temperatures in the mid to high 50s — and we’re expecting more rain starting tonight and heading into next week– so I decided to take the house-bound kids on a nature hike that I’d been wanting to take for a few weeks. The merit badge counselor working with Bella […]

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Sunday Night

Well no raincloud without a silver lining. I got to sleep in this morning. We watched the Mass from the National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, which we visited in 2013, but only Bella really remembers it. That was really beautiful. I also watched a bit of the divine liturgy from my sister’s parish in […]

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Plague Journal

So… what’s new? Not much has changed here at Casa Bettinelli. Our homeschool routine clicks on apace. I’d love to add a lot of the cool new things to do when your kids are home activities that I see shared all over social media… but who has time? Monday was a very Mondayish sort of […]

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 Picking up a pen these days is like donning a mask to dive deep, delve into the dark waters down down below the bubbles, sinking below the twilight zone, searching the seas for signs of submarine life. Where there’s life, there’s hope. It’s the same if you compose at the keyboard, fingers clicking away, […]

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#withdraw2020 Day Two 
 Well, that’s a wash, you say. Meaning a failure. Over and done with. Or never done at all. Canceled, suspended, never managed to materialize. Hanging incomplete in the air, awaiting no certain resolution. Everything these days is uncertain. We are all in limbo wondering how long life can be put on […]

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