Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Plug This: Ask Sister Mary Martha

(Part of a continuing series on lesser-known participants in the Catholic blogosphere.)

"Life is tough. But Nuns are tougher. If you need helpful advice just Ask Sister Mary Martha. She'll help you. Just don't expect any sympathy."

Most of the time you read our featured blog, and you are convinced that the writer (who is not specifically identified, and probably isn't a real nun) really knows what he or she is talking about. For example, today I learned that there are four kinds of near occasions of sin. I previously thought there were only two. Sadly, they ditched the Baltimore Catechism at my school in 1966, when I entered the sixth grade, and replaced it with a book that had lots of modern-looking pictures and rambled on about one thing or another. So we may have missed that lesson while getting in touch with our feelings. Or something.

There are other occasions when, after having become acquainted with the day-to-day comings and goings of community life over the years, the anecdotes waver between getting real and being silly. The writer keeps you guessing, but rarely disappoints.

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