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Have you seen Spotlight, the movie about the Boston Globe’s breaking of the scandal involving priests and bishops in 2002? Usually the Chief and I don’t go out to see movies, but this time we did. I will confine myself to saying that it’s a deeply flawed yet very good movie. I cried. He felt kicked in the gut.
But if you want the whole story, you need to read the book written by my husband, Phil Lawler: The Faithful Departed: The Collapse of Boston’s Catholic Culture. The year it came out, many people gave it as a Christmas gift, which I know seems weird, but honestly, although it’s the hardest-hitting, truth-tellingest book you can read on this subject, in the end it’s hopeful. The late Fr. Richard Neuhaus called it “the best book-length treatment of the sex abuse crisis, its origins and larger implications, published to date.”
It’s also not just about Boston, although like any good analysis, it uses the details of one place to illuminate the universal issues. Phil knows the story from the inside out. He wasn’t just a reporter — he was there.
Since the subject is again in the… spotlight, you need this book. And to answer the question of “what can we do,” you need The Little Oratory: A Beginner’s Guide to Praying in the Home — because what else can we do but get closer to Christ.
So we are giving both away today! (Giveaway is closed.)It suddenly struck us that we’ve never given away both our books together, so we are remedying that, and the timing is good.
Details are at the end of the post.
Yesterday the world, as we say, was in “thwart mode.” When I look back at our archives, I find that the second week of Advent is like that: I noticed that two years in a row I got a flat tire! At least that didn’t happen.
But, as I was getting a third-floor bedroom ready for Deirdre and the Artist, who were coming back this weekend for a wedding, I pulled away the covers she had left after Thanksgiving. They were piled up on this armchair. Neatly, piled.
And underneath all of it…
And then I yelled OMG (apparently when startled I shout out acronyms).
And Chipmunk was like, “What. You wanted to live in the country. Trying to sleep here.”
And I called for Phil (pausing only to take a picture), who came with a basket, when we should have thrown a towel over it, we realized later, because it ran around the room so fast, and we pulled out the furniture, and these fell and broke:
In the grand scheme of things, I would call all this more of a “micro-thwart” than a full-on “thwart.”
There you have it.
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