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Beautiful Books - November

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IT'S NOVEMBER!

Actually it has been for about ten days now. BUT STILL. It's November. The month all NaNoers simultaneously love and hate has come.

So it's also time for the Beautiful Books link-up with Cait and Sky. Be sure to check out their blogs and join in the fun!



Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going?

Overall, I'm good! I was pleasantly surprised to find that writing 2,000 words a day is actually doable, and I'm thrilled to be (pretty much) on target regarding word count. My novel is going swimmingly. Except for the fact that I my bad guys are about as boring as mashed potatoes with no salt or butter.

(That's okay in a first draft, right? Tell me it's okay in a first draft!)


What's your first sentence (or paragraph)?

Heh-heh-heh...you mean I have to show it to you? Okay fine. If you're a writer you'll understand what first drafts look like. :) Here's the first paragraph.

Alice and Jeanie were at their usual table …

Catholicism Explained - Praying to Saints

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I fully intended to put this up on Sunday. My excuse for tardiness this week? National Novel Writing Month. Not that that's a great excuse, but...


Our previous Catholicism Explained posts have included:

The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist
Is the Eucharist Literal or Symbolic? Sacred Tradition The Sacrament of Confession Why Do We Need Priests? Marian Dogmas Mary the Mother of God Mary Ever-Virgin
The Immaculate Conception
Thoughts on the Immaculate Conception
The Rosary
Saints in General
Veneration of Saints
And today we're talking about praying to saints.

Basic Theology
St. Paul famously said that the Church is the body of Christ. He taught that we are all connected -- that we can't get along with each other, any more than feet can get along without hands or ears can get along without eyes. 
In Luke 20, Jesus teaches that God "is not the God of the dead, but of the living." All those who have died in God's love are still a part of the Church -- still a part of th…

Catholicism Explained - Veneration of Saints

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Well, I felt really bad that I missed yet another Catholicism Explained post last Sunday...but then I realized that since today is the Feast of All Saints, it's the perfect day to talk about veneration!

If you're just dropping by, this is Catholicism Explained, the part of the blog where Lucy Agnes comes out and explains....never mind, that Veggie Tales reference isn't working.

Our previous topics have included:

The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist Is the Eucharist Literal or Symbolic? Sacred Tradition The Sacrament of Confession Why Do We Need Priests? Marian Dogmas Mary the Mother of God Mary Ever-Virgin
The Immaculate Conception
Thoughts on the Immaculate Conception
The Rosary
Saints in General

And today we'll be discussing veneration of saints.


Veneration basically means "honor." Google defines it as "great respect; reverence." Catholics venerate saints because, as those who are closest to God, they deserve a great deal of respect, admiration, and lo…