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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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Being a stand-in for God

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