BREAKING: Lent Madness Panned on Facebook

As people worldwide choose today between Raymond Nonnatus and John of Nepomuk, an unseemly event has taken place to rock the placid sanctity of everybody’s favorite online Lenten devotion.

In the first great controversy of Lent Madness 2017, the Supreme Executive Committee has learned that someone gave Lent Madness a 2 out of 5 star rating on our Facebook page. This shocking development comes amid an average grade of 4.8 stars, with over 200 reviews already in.

Without using names, here is the actual review:

2 Stars — It’s fun as well as informative. I know you will enjoy reading each day’ s blog during the Lenton (sic) season. There is a diverse roster of celebrity blogers (sic).

Now, it’s conceivable that the reviewer in question simply clicked the wrong button on the star feature. The words don’t exactly match what you’d expect to see in a 2-star rating. But this doesn’t take away from the scandalous nature of this ignominious slander of the world’s most popular online Lenten devotion.

So, what can you do to help remedy this situation, dear friend of Lent Madness? Why, you can post your own review on the Lent Madness Facebook page! First “like” the page by clicking here. Then scroll down on the right side of the page to the section titled “Share your opinion about Lent Madness!” Click the number of stars you’d rate us (hint: five; but be honest) and leave a comment if you feel so moved.

Together, we can correct this travesty of justice and restore the reputation of Lent Madness. Your stars matter!

69 Comments to "BREAKING: Lent Madness Panned on Facebook"

  1. Susan Maurine's Gravatar Susan Maurine
    March 10, 2017 - 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Is a “celebrity bloger” something that a celebrity might find in her or his tissue? Gesundheit, y’all!

    • Naomi Karstad's Gravatar Naomi Karstad
      March 10, 2017 - 2:41 pm | Permalink

      I thought the same thing and I second that Gesundheit!!

  2. Edwina's Gravatar Edwina
    March 10, 2017 - 2:41 pm | Permalink

    surely something unexpected happened to the writer – perhaps a hiccup or sneeze..and control of the stars was lost …it is not too late to rectify..just push three more stars..Thank You…

    • Cindy Lufkin's Gravatar Cindy Lufkin
      March 10, 2017 - 4:12 pm | Permalink

      The sneeze idea would also account for the spelling.

  3. Lauri Kelso's Gravatar Lauri Kelso
    March 10, 2017 - 2:46 pm | Permalink

    What is meant by “Panned?”

    • Christina's Gravatar Christina
      March 10, 2017 - 3:30 pm | Permalink

      “Panned” just means that they were given a bad review. It is usually used in the context of critics’ reviews of theater productions.

    • Hugh Mitchell's Gravatar Hugh Mitchell
      March 10, 2017 - 3:32 pm | Permalink

      Doused in olive oil and grilled over a satanic heat!

      • David Carver's Gravatar David Carver
        March 10, 2017 - 6:04 pm | Permalink

        Mmm. Makes me crave a vegan grilled cheese.

  4. Karen Mallon Sharp's Gravatar Karen Mallon Sharp
    March 10, 2017 - 2:48 pm | Permalink

    I’d go on facebook to like Lent Madness but I gave facebook up for Lent. I’d give it 5 stars, honestly I would.

    One of the recent write-ups of a saint (I think it was yesterday’s but I honestly cannot remember) actually made me laugh!

    This is my third year of reading Lent Madness, which I so enjoy. Through the game I am learning interesting facts about important people in the history of Christendom.

    By the way, I don’t vote…but I enjoy seeing who’s progressing in the competition.

    • Gillian Butler's Gravatar Gillian Butler
      March 10, 2017 - 3:40 pm | Permalink

      I too am off FB for Lent…realizing how addicted I am.

    • Grace Cangialosi's Gravatar Grace Cangialosi
      March 10, 2017 - 4:26 pm | Permalink

      I’m curious about why you don’t vote, Karen, since you obviously enjoy the information about the contenders…

  5. March 10, 2017 - 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Gave you five stars. You bring Jesus to the fence sitters in California.

  6. Sally Duernberger's Gravatar Sally Duernberger
    March 10, 2017 - 2:50 pm | Permalink

    You are always worthy of five ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars! I’m certain the rating in question was struck in error.

  7. Patty Duffy's Gravatar Patty Duffy
    March 10, 2017 - 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Fake news.

  8. Rosemary's Gravatar Rosemary
    March 10, 2017 - 2:58 pm | Permalink

    I am appalled that this righteous website could receive only 2 stars! I give it 5!

  9. Judith Peterson's Gravatar Judith Peterson
    March 10, 2017 - 3:05 pm | Permalink

    Obviously a Russian hacker.

  10. Libby Goldstein's Gravatar Libby Goldstein
    March 10, 2017 - 3:07 pm | Permalink

    I’m glad I don’t use Facebook like this! Avoid many unpleasant things.

  11. Sandra Gustafson's Gravatar Sandra Gustafson
    March 10, 2017 - 3:07 pm | Permalink

    After leaving my 5 star review, I see we are up to 4.9.

  12. Peg S.'s Gravatar Peg S.
    March 10, 2017 - 3:11 pm | Permalink

    The Lent Madness page now has five more shiny stars and hangs proudly on the refrigerator door of my heart.

    • Susan Maurine's Gravatar Susan Maurine
      March 10, 2017 - 9:14 pm | Permalink


  13. Kristine's Gravatar Kristine
    March 10, 2017 - 3:13 pm | Permalink

    If I hadn’t given up Facebook for Lent I would definitely give it *****.

  14. Marilyn Johnson's Gravatar Marilyn Johnson
    March 10, 2017 - 3:17 pm | Permalink


  15. Martha's Gravatar Martha
    March 10, 2017 - 3:18 pm | Permalink

    At least he read it. Its Fun and remember you can’t please all the people all of the time. I don’t read you on face book I read your emails and yes its a 5.

  16. Walter Jaap's Gravatar Walter Jaap
    March 10, 2017 - 3:19 pm | Permalink

    Don’t be so sensitive, they took time to say something; perhaps they knew a low rating would get you to respond. It worked

  17. March 10, 2017 - 3:21 pm | Permalink

    I do not do FaceBook nor do I tweet so I have to resort to making a Comment. This particular writer/reviewer who cannot spell, is obviously not an informed or educated contributor (a real FaceBook waste of time!). Therefore I suggest you totally ignore the blog; as was mentioned above it is merely something one would find in a tissue.
    I applaud the program, its research, its graphics and its easy-to-use site. I give Lenten Madness * * * * * stars.

  18. March 10, 2017 - 3:21 pm | Permalink

    Of course you’re worthy of five stars, Lent Madness! How could anyone think otherwise?

  19. brigid fitzgerald's Gravatar brigid fitzgerald
    March 10, 2017 - 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Well, a good review and it translates into a 2? I think they were doing the stars backwards.

  20. Judith in White Hall's Gravatar Judith in White Hall
    March 10, 2017 - 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Also learn something new about the Saintly Saints. 5 stars for me.

  21. Jim Whittington's Gravatar Jim Whittington
    March 10, 2017 - 3:37 pm | Permalink

    Attention to detail is sorely lacking here. The theme, though, is clearly damnation by faint praise….

  22. March 10, 2017 - 3:41 pm | Permalink

    Not sure why this is upsetting to the Lenten Madness Committee. Does what people think of you mean more than the purpose of the site? Does the number of stars matter more than the myriads of people who are learning from your website? The number of voters alone signals that you have a grateful following. Remember, it is His name we praise and His kingdom that we build – not our own.

    • March 10, 2017 - 3:47 pm | Permalink

      Ummmm. You may have noticed the satirical nature of the bombastically named Supreme Executive Committee?

      • Sarah SSM's Gravatar Sarah SSM
        March 10, 2017 - 3:49 pm | Permalink

        I can’t imagine what you mean, Tim.

  23. Dave Clinton's Gravatar Dave Clinton
    March 10, 2017 - 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Which of the SEC anonymously voted 2 starts to cause click bait and get us all rating the website? 🙂

    • Sarah SSM's Gravatar Sarah SSM
      March 10, 2017 - 3:48 pm | Permalink


    • Mjdavid's Gravatar Mjdavid
      March 10, 2017 - 6:25 pm | Permalink

      I don’t know, Dave, Clinton, but I’m not falling for it! Fake news.

  24. Betsy's Gravatar Betsy
    March 10, 2017 - 3:45 pm | Permalink

    I too have given Facebook up for Lent. Miss my grandchildren’s pictures but am free from political banter. 5 stars for Lenten Madness!

  25. March 10, 2017 - 4:12 pm | Permalink

    If you ask me, the first true controversy was the shocking lack of votes for St. Cecilia. Heavy sigh…
    I would still give Lent Madness five stars though. St. Cecilia would be upset if I didn’t!

  26. Walker Shaw's Gravatar Walker Shaw
    March 10, 2017 - 4:34 pm | Permalink

    Lent has never been more productive. Great fun too!!

  27. March 10, 2017 - 4:36 pm | Permalink

    I noticed when I went to comment, two stars were at the top of the page. I clicked on the next star and it lit up . I think the person wrote the post but didn’t know you had to keep touching the other stars to move them to excellent. This would make sense as the review was a good review. That’s my detective work for the day.

  28. Simon Hartropp's Gravatar Simon Hartropp
    March 10, 2017 - 4:42 pm | Permalink

    Like John of Nepumuk, one of today’s saints, 5 Stars shine over Lenten Madness.

  29. Miriam Brown's Gravatar Miriam Brown
    March 10, 2017 - 4:44 pm | Permalink

    I really enjoy Lent Madness. I will note here that I don’t “give up” during this season, but I “take on.”—kindness, compassion, forgiveness, understanding, patience, love, more giving.

  30. March 10, 2017 - 4:45 pm | Permalink

    I think the Lent Madness with the different people discussed is fun and informative. I give it five stars.

  31. Karen Mallon Sharp's Gravatar Karen Mallon Sharp
    March 10, 2017 - 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Grace, it is just a personal choice of a conscientious observer. Next year, perhaps…

  32. Mike's Gravatar Mike
    March 10, 2017 - 4:52 pm | Permalink

    Maybe this person lives in a alternate reality!

  33. Dan Lester's Gravatar Dan Lester
    March 10, 2017 - 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Don’t cry. Even Jesus only got One Star.

    • andrea's Gravatar andrea
      March 11, 2017 - 4:53 pm | Permalink

      Yes, It was a Star of One-der! (That’s wonder, not o-nee-der for “That Thing You Do!” fans :))

  34. Joyce's Gravatar Joyce
    March 10, 2017 - 5:11 pm | Permalink

    You get 5 from me. Some people cannot be satisfied unless they knock someone else down. Hisssssssssss, Boooooooo! Whoever you are. Not funny.

  35. Laura Creek's Gravatar Laura Creek
    March 10, 2017 - 5:24 pm | Permalink

    That’s just not very nice. You guys are hilarious and make learning about these people very fun. I give you a 5 for sure!

  36. March 10, 2017 - 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Sadly I cannot help as I gave up Facebook for Lent! Please know while I mourn this untruthful post I cannot break my fb silence …. sigh ….

  37. Noreen Weir's Gravatar Noreen Weir
    March 10, 2017 - 5:43 pm | Permalink

    I laugh….I do! And learn some too!

  38. Meg's Gravatar Meg
    March 10, 2017 - 5:45 pm | Permalink

    Face facts: “celebrity” is dependent on who is celebrating what. Ok, the writers for Lent Madness are not Lindsey Lohan / Caitlyn Jenner league celebrities, but Lent Madness DOES have people WE celebrate, and who deserve to be celebrated for reasons WE feel are important, writing up the entries and comments.
    Some people claim that Christians are narrow-minded, but anyone who thinks that the only way a person is entitled to the title of “celebrity” is to be on the cover of People magazine… has a mind that has very narrowly defined the word “celebrity”… aka, is narrow-minded.
    Peace. And 5-stars..

  39. CAComer's Gravatar CAComer
    March 10, 2017 - 5:51 pm | Permalink

    I really enjoy Lent Madness
    Fun way to learn of saints we are unfamiliar with. Let the Madness continue.

  40. Rebecca Ward's Gravatar Rebecca Ward
    March 10, 2017 - 5:55 pm | Permalink

    I bet the person meant to hit 4 stars and got the rating backward. I give the fb page 5 stars

  41. Marybeth Wright's Gravatar Marybeth Wright
    March 10, 2017 - 6:02 pm | Permalink

    I just LOVE Lent Madness! You two are such fun, hilarious priests! I give you 5-stars for

  42. Malcolm French+'s Gravatar Malcolm French+
    March 10, 2017 - 6:15 pm | Permalink

    I’d’ve thought a celebrity bloger would simply be an American misspelling of something to do with Quidditch.

    • Evelyn's Gravatar Evelyn
      March 11, 2017 - 1:05 am | Permalink

      No, that’s a “bludger.” Cormac McLaggen (who only thought he was a celebrity) hit one at Harry Potter in “Half-Blood Prince.” You might be thinking of a boggart but that’s not exactly right either. A boggart might choose to assume the appearance of a celebrity.

      • Malcolm French+'s Gravatar Malcolm French+
        March 11, 2017 - 3:01 am | Permalink

        Since my American friends misspell honour, labour, colour and neighbour, I thought they may also misspell bludger. (That was the joke, you see.)

  43. Linda Irving's Gravatar Linda Irving
    March 10, 2017 - 6:37 pm | Permalink

    I’m enjoying Lent madness. Unfortunately, I have to go to the webpage to participate. Multiple tries to activate my email have been unsuccessful. Can something be done to correct the situation?

  44. Suzanne's Gravatar Suzanne
    March 10, 2017 - 8:05 pm | Permalink

    Oh come on~you can handle 2 stars among all the previous 4& 5’s!! I think Christ got a couple bad reviews as did many of the saints you’ve posted did in their time…Lent madness is fun! Keep it that way. Everyone is allowed to feel what they do……& like you said it was most likely in error.

  45. Larry D Leister's Gravatar Larry D Leister
    March 10, 2017 - 8:57 pm | Permalink

    Love Lent Madness as a first time participant. Adds to my Lenten devotional experience.

  46. Donna Baker's Gravatar Donna Baker
    March 10, 2017 - 10:06 pm | Permalink

    Obviously Russian hackers!

  47. marie jones's Gravatar marie jones
    March 11, 2017 - 9:19 am | Permalink

    A delightful way to start the day
    with chuckles and saintly capers!
    It’s so much fun,
    don’t come undone
    because of poorly writ ‘papers.’

    I know, I know. . . but it rhymed! Build on it! LOL

  48. Grace Cangialosi's Gravatar Grace Cangialosi
    March 11, 2017 - 9:57 am | Permalink

    Hey! Who won yesterday–Raymond or John?? Can’t find it, and Monday is 48 hours away!

  49. Linda Barnard's Gravatar Linda Barnard
    March 11, 2017 - 12:33 pm | Permalink

    This is yet another reason I am so, so glad I’m not on Facebook nor Twitter. Why would you take this seriously? In the aeons of God’s time, what does a small thing like Facebook really matter? Ask yourself why this matters so much. The SEC has a place in my heart: charming, funny and deeply committed Christians. What else matters?

    • Miss Jan's Gravatar Miss Jan
      March 12, 2017 - 5:30 pm | Permalink

      Sarcasm matters to the SEC apparently. 😉

  50. Deacon Dorothee's Gravatar Deacon Dorothee
    March 12, 2017 - 12:50 pm | Permalink


  51. Joe Stroud's Gravatar Joe Stroud
    March 13, 2017 - 9:41 am | Permalink

    Hmmm, heightened sensitivity to (perceived) negative comment, attempts to manipulate the, obviously dishonest press which falsely reported the 2 stars, “violent” knee jerk reaction to ONE “negative” comment. . . . Is our beloved SEC nefariously signalling a shift of policy alignment? If they were not so obsessed with bogus conspiracy theories, the SEC could just deny the 2 star rating exists, that is, unless there is a hidden agenda. . . . And, given Malcolm French’s comment above, I suspect that we have been hacked by the Brits! Is the SEC complicit in that hacking as suggested by Dave Clinton? Enquiring minds want to know!

  52. Anthony Lee's Gravatar Anthony Lee
    March 15, 2017 - 11:55 am | Permalink

    You people off Facebook for Lent? I’ve been off Facebook for two years. I dislike the FB culture.

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