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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Lent Madness

Lent Madness 2012

 I know that Lent has nearly ended but this site is rather fun, I'm learning about saints I've never heard of  and some of them are very interesting.The format is straightforward: 32 saints are placed into a tournament-like single elimination bracket. Each pairing remains open for a set period of time and people vote for their favorite saint. 16 saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo.

Today the battle is between mystic and theologian, Evelyn Underhill and Monnica, mother of St Augustine.  I'm going to vote for Evelyn, as this quote resonated with me:


“We mostly spend [our] lives conjugating three verbs: to Want, to Have, and to Do.  Craving, clutching, and fussing, on the material, political, social, emotional, intellectual—even on the religious—plane, we are kept in perpetual unrest: forgetting that none of these verbs have any ultimate significance, except so far as they are transcended by and included in, the fundamental verb, to Be: and that Being, not wanting, having and doing, is the essence of a spiritual life.”
                                                            The Spiritual Life (1936)

And you can download some of her books free for the kindle: Practical Mysticism A Little Book for Normal People , The Life of the Spirit and the Life of To-day

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