Hallowmas with Harry: What Harry Potter Taught Me About Death and the Communion of Saints

What Harry Potter Teaches Us About Confronting Death with Hope and the Glorious Communion of Saints!

“ And in many ways, all of my characters are defined by their attitude to death and the possibility of death.”- J.K. Rowling Hallowmas, the three days of All Hallow’s Eve, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day, is an ancient part of the Christian Year.  Before becoming Catholic I thought of Halloween as morbid and  I couldn’t understand how to celebrate All Souls, or the Day of the Dead.  What I … [Read more...]

Pumpkins, Pink Eye, and Dealing with Disappointment


(Orc pumpkin suggested by Benjamin, executed by Daniel) Last year Benjamin was 3 and it was the first he'd ever heard of Halloween. Not that we're opposed, it's just that we're lazy we didn't see a need to load him up with candy or tear our hair out making costumes if he was just as happy not knowing. But last year, his toddler sleuthiness sniffed it out and he talked about nothing else. So, we … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 30 (All Souls Edition)

First things first! So happy to announce that dear friend and occasional Carrots contributor Katherine and her wonderful husband John welcomed a precious baby boy (their first) into the world on Halloween! He is just perfect and I'm itching to get to Boston to snuggle him. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. In the Liturgical Year:  We have had the best time celebrating Hallowtide! We've … [Read more...]