Carol Howard Merritt is a first-time Celebrity Blogger AND our first ever Presbyterian contributor! Yes, it's a slippery slope and the next thing you know, John Calvin will end up in the bracket. But we're delighted Carol is aboard and we know you'll enjoy getting to know her. With over 10,000 followers on Twitter she also has the rest of us beat -- like pushing "actual" celebrity. Her official Lent Madness bio evokes the brevity of Hemingway so you may want to poke around her website a bit.
The Rev. Carol Howard Merritt (@CarolHoward) is a Presbyterian (USA) pastor and an award-winning author. Her latest book is Healing Spiritual Wounds: Reconnecting with A Loving God After Experiencing a Hurtful Church (HarperOne). She is a regular writer at the Christian Century where her blog is hosted. Visit: http://www.carolhowardmerritt.
1. If you could have dinner with any saint, who would it be and what would you serve? (and, duh, why?)
Hildegard of Bingen. Because I want to get a tattoo of one of her visions on my body. I’d be interested in knowing which one she thought would be best.
Down to the River to Pray, sung by Alison Krauss.
3. You're busy during Lent. Why do you make time for the Saintly Smackdown? What do you get out of it personally?
I’ve been introduced to so many interesting figures through the Saintly Smackdown! It’s a little heartbreaking though. I get annoyed every year when my favorite saint loses. But… I try not to be a martyr about it.