Monday Madness — Faithful Four Edition

SEC Note: We recorded this week’s episode of Monday Madness this morning, before we knew about the devastating fire at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. Our prayers are with Paris, especially emergency responders, and all those in harm’s way.

This week’s Monday Madness featured our very first-ever on-air guest, the social media powerhouse George T. Dog (follow him on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook!), named after George Herbert, the very first Golden Halo winner in 2010.

In other news, Lent Madness 2019 continues to make penitential history as the first-ever all-female Faithful Four is under way today and tomorrow. Tim and Scott preview the battles and also share how the final championship match will go down on Spy Wednesday. As of Thursday morning at 8 a.m. Eastern time, this year’s Lent Madness will be in the books. And by “books” we mean the annals of Lenten history. We can’t predict the winner, but we can be sure that this year’s champion will even out the gender line-up of Golden Halo winners, with five men and five women having taken the crown.

Remember to cast your vote (one per person!) and tell your friends to do the same. Later on, in Eastertide, the SEC will open Nominationtide, during which the Lent Madness faithful may nominate saints for the 2020 bracket. Lent Madness never sleeps.

This is here for social media sharing. Feel free to ignore it. Even George T. Dog is bored.

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18 Comments to "Monday Madness — Faithful Four Edition"

  1. Blanche Gunter's Gravatar Blanche Gunter
    April 15, 2019 - 5:50 pm | Permalink

    Is it possible for you to share the demographics of the voters. I think it interesting that our final four are women, and I wonder if our voter demographics are different from years past.

  2. April Mullins's Gravatar April Mullins
    April 15, 2019 - 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Gobnait! Read “In Praise of Bees” by Kristin Gleeson.
    And I like Amber, am a Martha. See a need, tend to it, and then wonder why everyone else didn’t pitch in to help, it was so obvious Jesus needed someone to take care of him!
    But I have bee glasses, (before I knew about Gobnait) kept hives, and my husband was a yellow jacket from Ga. Tech, whose opponents refer to as the bees.

  3. April 15, 2019 - 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Im voting for the dog.

  4. Martha Richards's Gravatar Martha Richards
    April 15, 2019 - 6:15 pm | Permalink

    Dog appears to be either very tired or very bored doesn’t he. Thanks for all the fun

  5. Rose Mahan's Gravatar Rose Mahan
    April 15, 2019 - 6:33 pm | Permalink

    I made this suggestion earlier when I voted today. But I am really directing it to the Supreme Executive Committee. I have enjoyed Lent Madness for five years. I also have read a selection of comments each year. I think you might consider that next year ALL candidates be women. Gender seems to be very important to a great many voters. I might have suggested making all candidates in 2020 men, but I think there would be a universal uproar. So make them all women so gender is not an issue in the voting.

  6. Pamela Payne's Gravatar Pamela Payne
    April 15, 2019 - 7:00 pm | Permalink

    Another fabulous Lent Madness this year. I have learned so much about previously unknown-to-me holy men and women. Many thanks to the Celebrity Bloggers for their hard work and to the SEC for being, well, as usual, Supreme. Wishing you all a blessed Holy Week (which follows the heated contest on Spy Wednesday!).

  7. Venus's Gravatar Venus
    April 15, 2019 - 7:46 pm | Permalink

    Martha’s kitchen in Gainesville Tx. Is a great place to eat and volunteer. The ladies here make everything from scratch and are wonderful, sweet, and kind people to be with and around.

  8. Julia's Gravatar Julia
    April 15, 2019 - 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Scott and Tim, for adding the note about the terrible fire at Notre Dame in Paris. My prayers join yours for the firefighters, for all who love Paris, and all of us who mourn the losses there–but also all who will shortly think how we can help the rebuilding a sanctuary which has given us so much faith for so long.

    • Isabel Stanley's Gravatar Isabel Stanley
      April 15, 2019 - 9:21 pm | Permalink

      Yes, prayers for Notre Dame and the people of Paris and the world who love her. A word of hope: my beloved alma mater, Georgetown Visitation Prep School in DC burned in 1993. The roof fell through the burned out five floors of the almost two hundred year old main building. Support poured in from everywhere, and now the school is fully rebuilt and continuing its mission of educating young girls. One thing all the saints teach us is resilience . I trust Notre Dame will rise from the ashes with the love and care of millions.

    • Verdery Kassebaum's Gravatar Verdery Kassebaum
      April 15, 2019 - 10:33 pm | Permalink

      It’s early evening out here in California and the latest news on Notre Dame is that the bell towers and the basic structure have been saved.
      Prayers still going up for the people of Paris.

  9. Louise Forrest's Gravatar Louise Forrest
    April 15, 2019 - 9:39 pm | Permalink

    This has been my primary Lenten experience, never done Lentmadness before. Loved learning about so many saints I have never known. The Indian Women Saints really impressed me. But the best was Martha of Bethany write up. I so want to talk to my many Martha’s who feel bad they aren’t a Mary.

    I asked my parish to try this as a Lenten experience:-)

    • Katrina Soto's Gravatar Katrina Soto
      April 16, 2019 - 2:04 am | Permalink

      I think we all have some Mary and Martha in is. Thank goodness there are those who express each more predominantly. I’m a Martha ( Altar Guild directness – so it goes without saying) and I cherish the joy of maki g it possible to express their Mary sides more fully.

      • Katrina soto's Gravatar Katrina soto
        April 16, 2019 - 2:06 am | Permalink

        Oh dear. Should have proofread. Of course I meant in us. And Directress

  10. Sharon Dianne Foster Pattison's Gravatar Sharon Dianne Foster Pattison
    April 15, 2019 - 9:48 pm | Permalink

    Thoughts and prayers for the people of Paris, a total loss, but not death! We are strong and the people and the world will help in the rebuilding of this body of Christ! Where two or three are gathered, HE WILL HEAL AND HEAR and will with the strength an grace of GOD to rebuild and the building in which we gather,BUT, AS NICE AS THE BUILDINGS are, WE ARE THE VOICE of OUR GOD, And we are HIS ARMY, to fight and rebuild and keep his faith in what HE PLANS for all of us!

  11. Elaine Chilcote's Gravatar Elaine Chilcote
    April 15, 2019 - 10:10 pm | Permalink

    Unfortunately there had already been vandalism and desecration of altars and Communion wafers, as well as at least one incidence of arson, at Catholic churches all over France in the past week. Now this fire at the beginning of Holy Week.

  12. Verdery Kassebaum's Gravatar Verdery Kassebaum
    April 15, 2019 - 10:33 pm | Permalink

    It’s early evening out here in California and the latest news on Notre Dame is that the bell towers and the basic structure have been saved.
    Prayers still going up for the people of Paris.

  13. Linda S's Gravatar Linda S
    April 16, 2019 - 10:00 am | Permalink

    I’m not even gonna read the blurbs. It’s Pandita for the Golden Halo.
    Grateful I got to meet Zenaida tho.

  14. Miss Jan's Gravatar Miss Jan
    April 17, 2019 - 1:18 am | Permalink

    About time George T. Dog got to appear on Monday Madness!

    And ahem, Mr. Dog also has an Instagram in addition to a Twitter.

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