Melissa Musick Nussbaum is a teacher and writer and speaker. She is the author of seven books and a contributor to many more. She has written articles for publications from Notre Dame Magazine to First Things. She is a regular columnist for NCR and its sister publication, Celebration. She and her daughter, Anna Keating, are the authors of The Catholic Catalogue: A Field Guide to the Daily Acts That Make Up a Catholic Life. She and her husband have five children and eleven grandchildren. Melissa is working on a memoir about her family and hometown, Tulia, Texas. She makes a mean chocolate chip cookie and what her grandson, Leo, swears is the world's best chocolate cake.

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This Lent, we are to decide how we will live

Daily Lenten Reflections: March is the month of Lent, when we are asked to rebuild the foundations of our lives on the solid rock of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. 


The sign of the cross

Daily Lenten Reflections: I often find specks of burnt palm caught in the deep wrinkles of my forehead on Ash Wednesday night. 


Don't let 'Splatter Screen' blind you to the good

My Table Is Spread: I know too many friends and family members who become so distraught over remote disasters that they are no longer able to see the joy right in front of them. 


November reminds us to count our days aright

My Table Is Spread: Go to Mass in November and hear the truth: We are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses, all the saints and all the souls, all the beloved dead, whose number we will soon join. 


Being a stand-in for God