For the Golden Halo: Harriet Tubman vs. Joseph

It’s hard to believe our Lent Madness journey is nearing its inevitable end. We kicked things off over five weeks ago on “Ash Thursday” with 32 saintly souls (which somehow seems a lot longer than that this year). With your help, the field has now been whittled down to just two: Harriet Tubman and Joseph. Who will be awarded the coveted 2020 Golden Halo? That, friends, is up to you.

Regardless of the ultimate outcome, we’ve met some truly remarkable holy people along the way. Perhaps you learned about some folks you’d never heard of or maybe you renewed acquaintances with saints who have long offered inspiration. Of course the entire notion of placing saints in a bracket is absurd — each “contestant” has already earned a crown of righteousness in addition to a “golden halo.” But at the heart of Lent Madness is the abiding conviction that encountering those who have come before us in the faith enriches and enlivens our own walk with the risen Christ.

In the process of this whimsical Lenten devotion we’ve all made some new online friends, encountered a community of believers who take their faith but not themselves too seriously, learned some things, were inspired by saintly witnesses, and hopefully had some fun along the way.

Of course we literally couldn’t have done this without our amazing Celebrity Bloggers to whom we offer sincere gratitude: Amber Belldene, Laurie Brock, Megan Castellan, Anna Fitch Courie, David Creech, Miguel Escobar, Neva Rae Fox, David Hansen, Carol Howard Merritt, Emily McFarlan Miller, Sandra Montes, and David Sibley. Thanks to Bracket Czar Adam Thomas for his stellar behind-the-scenes work in keeping the bracket updated daily. You all rock!

A special shout-out to Sister Diana Doncaster, of the Society of the Transfiguration, who kept us humming our favorite hymns throughout the season with her brilliant daily musical offerings based on the saintly pairings.

Thank you to everyone at Forward Movement for putting up with our shenanigans and producing a terrific Saintly Scorecard this year.

2019 Golden Halo Winner Martha of Bethany prepares to hand over the 2020 crown.

Finally, thanks to all of you who participated by voting, commenting, drinking coffee out of Lent Madness mugs, filling in brackets, talking about saints with friends, liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter, and allowing us to play a small role in your Lenten journey. We’ve loved having each one of you along for the “madness” and on behalf of the Supreme Executive Committee we wish you a blessed Holy Week and a joyous Easter.

Before we invite you to cast this final vote, we should note that Sandra Montes has ably shepherded Harriet Tubman through the bracket, while Neva Rae Fox has done the same for Joseph. We’ve asked them for a single image and one quote either by or about their saint. We’ve already heard a lot about Harriet and Joseph — click the Bracket tab and scroll down to view their previous match-ups if you want to refresh your memory. And then, it’s time to make your choice.

The polls will be open for 24 hours and the winner will be announced at 8:00 am Eastern time on Maundy Thursday. Now go cast your vote — the 2020 Lent Madness Golden Halo hangs in the balance!

Harriet Tubman

“God’s time [Emancipation] is always near. He set the North Star in the heavens; He gave me the strength in my limbs;  He meant I should be free.”

— Harriet Tubman


Go, then to Joseph, and do all that he shall say to you;
Go to Joseph, and obey him as Jesus and Mary obeyed him;
Go to Joseph, and speak to him as they spoke to him;
Go to Joseph, and consult him as they consulted him;
Go to Joseph, and honour him as they honoured him;
Go to Joseph, and be grateful to him as they were grateful to him;
Go to Joseph, and love him, as they love him still.

— St. Alphonsus Liguori

Harriet Tubman vs. Joseph

  • Harriet Tubman (56%, 4,430 Votes)
  • Joseph (44%, 3,504 Votes)

Total Voters: 7,934

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160 Comments to "For the Golden Halo: Harriet Tubman vs. Joseph"

  1. April 8, 2020 - 8:00 am | Permalink

    A conductor of the underground railroad or the Messiah’s foster father. The final vote could be a close race to watch!

    I posted this link Monday and yesterday in the Lent Madness comments. I received feedback from people that they found it helpful, so I am posting it again today. On Palm Sunday, the impact of virtual Holy Week hit me pretty hard. Writing this gave me great comfort. I hope it provides you the same.

    • Ann's Gravatar Ann
      April 8, 2020 - 8:13 am | Permalink

      thank you for your helpful Palm Sunday meditation.

    • April 8, 2020 - 8:37 am | Permalink

      I have read your message several times now and find it so comforting.

    • April 8, 2020 - 8:40 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Michael, for sharing this meditation, and for all those marvelous memes. You didn’t have to do it, but you added so much to this year’s madness! (The Lent kind, I mean. )

      • Sister Rita's Gravatar Sister Rita
        April 8, 2020 - 4:21 pm | Permalink

        Well deserved Harriet, but as a Sister of St Joseph I’m gutted. Even though Hildegard’s was my golden halo pick. Great fun. Thank you. I’ll join again next year.

    • Kim's Gravatar Kim
      April 8, 2020 - 10:02 am | Permalink

      I read your wonderful message the first day you posted it – today’s meme made me laugh out loud. Good thing I wasn’t drinking coffee at the time! Thanks, Michael.

    • Denise LeGendre's Gravatar Denise LeGendre
      April 8, 2020 - 10:28 am | Permalink

      Your meditation is beautiful and very moving. And today’s meme is spot on! Almost time for Lent Madness withdrawal to set in…

    • April 8, 2020 - 10:30 am | Permalink

      A toss up since both of them are important to our lives. Thank you for another great Lent Madness. Will you be doing the 50 days readings(Senior Moment as to what they are called) like have been done in the past. HAPPY EASTER to everyone.

      Stay healthy and safe.

    • Mary Beth Burns's Gravatar Mary Beth Burns
      April 8, 2020 - 10:36 am | Permalink

      Thank you, Michael, for your beautiful meditation on this virtual season. As a 70-year-old with several health issues, I have been deeply grateful for the help of friends who have been dedicated to making it possible for me to stay at home for the last three weeks, and to the archdiocese of Chicago for making the hard, sad decision to cancel Mass and Holy Week And even Easter – And to the local ABC station that has
      televised Sunday Mass from Holy Name Cathedral. It’s truly not the same, but there is a sense of wonder in what can be shared as we stand together while staying apart.
      Your meditation reminds us that God shares His grace amid our pain and disappointment, and reminds us that Easter is always part of our life.
      Mary Beth

    • Donice Gilliland's Gravatar Donice Gilliland
      April 8, 2020 - 10:54 am | Permalink

      Your meditation is so wonderful, Michael. I’ve reflected on it several times and plan to keep it. Also the daily memes have been a real highlight! I looked at your profile to see if I could “follow” you but it only led me to a friend request. I’m not stalking, just love what you write. My new favorite phrase in the world: “Episco-failian, trying to be good Episcopalian”!

    • Martha Shad's Gravatar Martha Shad
      April 8, 2020 - 11:21 am | Permalink

      What a moving and passionate piece in this, the time of the greatest Passion. Thank you for writing it and for sharing it.

    • Verdery Kassebaum's Gravatar Verdery Kassebaum
      April 8, 2020 - 12:52 pm | Permalink

      Brilliant meme, Michael. Thank you for your memes and comments. Have a blessed Triduum!

  2. Neva Rae Fox's Gravatar Neva Rae Fox
    April 8, 2020 - 8:01 am | Permalink

    Pray to St. Joseph in this sad time. Thank you Harriet for your witness.

    • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
      April 8, 2020 - 8:10 am | Permalink

      Thank you for the beautiful stained glass window.

    • Brian Thom's Gravatar Brian Thom
      April 8, 2020 - 9:45 am | Permalink

      It was Joseph for me, all the way to the a Golden Halo.

  3. Br. Thanasi (Thomas G.) Stama's Gravatar Br. Thanasi (Thomas G.) Stama
    April 8, 2020 - 8:12 am | Permalink

    Voting for Harriet. Our Lord’s step father is well known for his goodness and raising our Lord since the time the Gospels were written. While Harriet is not know to many people for her accomplishments in bravery and freeing enslaved period.

    • Rene Jamieson's Gravatar Rene Jamieson
      April 8, 2020 - 8:27 am | Permalink

      I respectfully disagree with you, Brother Thanasi. We know so little about St. Joseph, because the information about him in the Gospels is so sketchy. What we learn from that is that he was an honourable, compassionate, devout man. Anyone who lives in North America at least and hasn’t heard of Harriet Tubman is either under the age of six or just not paying attention. She is greatly admired and revered for her bravery, her tenacity, her commitment to her cause.

      • Amy's Gravatar Amy
        April 8, 2020 - 7:33 pm | Permalink

        Sadly, I think there are many even here in North America who don’t know about Harriet Tubman. I don’t know if history isn’t being taught, or if people just aren’t paying attention. It’s astounding how ignorant of our history many people are. What I do know is that I’m sad to see Lent Madness come to an end. It’s been a small spot of normalcy and light heartedness during this bleak time. Happy Easter and good health to all.

    • Corinna Mayer's Gravatar Corinna Mayer
      April 8, 2020 - 8:34 am | Permalink

      I agree with Br. Thanasi, and am also voting for Harriet. For me, it’s not necessarily a question of whom is more saintly, but of how highlighting an oft-overlooked heroine blesses us all. I recently learned that Harriet Tubman also served during the Civil War as a nurse, scout, spy and cook for the Union (multiple sources).

  4. Linda Leong's Gravatar Linda Leong
    April 8, 2020 - 8:19 am | Permalink

    Why am I so sad to see Lent Madness come to an end, even sadder than I am every year? Perhaps because it’s been a part of my life for so many years, and, this year, it has been one of the few activities that has given me a sense of normalcy. Thank you for being a part of my life this Lenten season. Thanks to all of you who have brought us Lent Madness this year.

    • Rene Jamieson's Gravatar Rene Jamieson
      April 8, 2020 - 8:28 am | Permalink

      Thank you for putting my feelings into words, Linda.

      • Carol Buckalew's Gravatar Carol Buckalew
        April 8, 2020 - 10:26 am | Permalink

        I was having a hard time deciding but have remembered this: one tear during our churches Christmas Live Nativity we asked a young man from our neighborhood if he wanted to be Joseph. He said “Who’s Joseph?” And we got to tell him as we dressed him in the Joseph costume. On the 2nd run through Joseph was portrayed by a young man with intellectual disabilities. Afterwards he called his mom and excitedly told her,”I got to be Joseph!” We called the evening the miracle of Joseph. So today I will vote for Joseph for the Golden Halo!

    • Val Smith's Gravatar Val Smith
      April 8, 2020 - 8:53 am | Permalink

      I agree with you and will miss the daily messages. It. Was an uplifting to help me cope with my isolation

    • Anne Madden's Gravatar Anne Madden
      April 8, 2020 - 9:55 am | Permalink

      I know. I am already looking forward to 2021!

    • Jan Robitscher's Gravatar Jan Robitscher
      April 8, 2020 - 11:46 am | Permalink

      Thanks for your check moment. You took the words out of my mouth. This holy and —dare I say—happy exercise of Lent Madness has brought light and learning and a little levity to the sad and, for sone even harrowing experience of the Coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to the SEC, the Celebrity Bloggers and everyone else who participated to make it happen. On to the Golden Hali!

  5. St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
    April 8, 2020 - 8:20 am | Permalink

    THANK YOU to Scott and Tim for an amazing Lenten devotional. You have bequeathed a wonderful gift to Christendom. I know it must take an extraordinary amount of work, and every year I wonder whether it will last. And every year it returns, so very welcome during Lent. And especially this year, so long and dismal, when we will all still be in the tomb for Easter. We (I) needed this so much. To the bloggers, you are all incredible. You brought your passion, your heart, your sincerity, and your courage to the daily meditations. Thank you so much. To my fellow pilgrims, you are the salt and yeast (and possibly toilet paper) of the earth (and you know how precious yeast and toilet paper are right now!). Thank you for coming on this journey. Today we enter through the gates of Canterbury. I approach this pilgrimage through the lens of Chaucer; many of you bring very different lenses. Thank you all for sharing. Stay well. Come back next year; you are all important parts of this little body. And remember to stay on the path of good and right; follow the north star; come back to rescue even more. Go, Harriet, for the golden halo. You are the right witness for today.

    • April 8, 2020 - 9:25 am | Permalink

      I second everything you said. I could never put it down on paper as well as you did. It certainly has been a blessing to have Lent Madness in our lives, especially this year. Harriet for the Golden Halo this year.

    • April 8, 2020 - 9:32 am | Permalink

      Thank you, St. Celia, for your thoughtful posts, which are both spirit-building and witty (the salt, yeast and toilet paper). Like you, I was especially grateful for Lent Madness this year and its opportunity for learning, worshiping, gathering, and organizing our days (at least it did mine!). Reading different perspectives before I cast my vote sometimes changed that vote; it seemed that this year there were no true cliffhangers,but plenty of matchups that made it difficult to “choose” a saint. Today – Harriet led those on a journey — a dangerous journey with uncertain outcomes. Her faith led her and helped others to follow a path to freedom. We need her this year. It’s Harriet for me.

      • Leslie's Gravatar Leslie
        April 8, 2020 - 10:58 am | Permalink

        Ah, Harriet who led us on a journey, a dangerous journey to boot.
        This country is on a journey, it’s more like a roller coaster ride, with it’s ups and downs. I will miss our daily romp into madness of Lent. Thank you all for your input.

    • Susan's Gravatar Susan
      April 8, 2020 - 10:07 am | Permalink

      Thank you Cecilia . Your words and sentiments are perfect!

    • Christina L Burnett's Gravatar Christina L Burnett
      April 8, 2020 - 10:17 am | Permalink

      Here, here!

    • Barbara MacRobie's Gravatar Barbara MacRobie
      April 8, 2020 - 10:25 am | Permalink

      Thank you for expressing thanks to the team so beautifully! And for your own posts, which are always interesting. Lent Madness has been even more of a boost during these crazy times.

    • April 8, 2020 - 11:42 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Celia, for another beautiful post. I will miss having your nearly daily posts for my entertainment and for jolts to my perspective. Stay healthy! See you next year.

    • Isabelle M.'s Gravatar Isabelle M.
      April 8, 2020 - 4:03 pm | Permalink

      Amen,Celia!!! I couldn’t have said it better. I am so grateful for the SEC, Lent Madness, for ALL of you, my fellow Christian travelers on this somber Lenten journey. Even though we cannot be with our friends and church family in person this year, knowing we are together in spirit helps sustain the LIGHT within. Thank you and Blessed Easter to you all!

  6. April 8, 2020 - 8:21 am | Permalink

    Man, this is a tough choice. I think CDC needs to put an end to this tournament and we declare co-winners.

  7. Fiona's Gravatar Fiona
    April 8, 2020 - 8:23 am | Permalink

    Expected to vote for Joseph, the quote from Harriet swayed me. God’s time is always near.

    Thank you all for another joyful Lent Madness. I am so grateful for all I have learned, for all you have shared. In these strange times, it has been so good to be a part of this wonderful community.

  8. April 8, 2020 - 8:23 am | Permalink

    “There is one World of Nature and one Life;
    Sin fractures the Vision, not the Fact; for
    The Exceptional is always usual
    And the Usual exceptional.
    To choose what is difficult all one’s days
    As if were easy, that is faith. Joseph, praise.”
    –W.H. Auden

    • SarahP's Gravatar SarahP
      April 8, 2020 - 8:50 am | Permalink

      Thank you.

    • Vicar Mollie's Gravatar Vicar Mollie
      April 8, 2020 - 9:39 am | Permalink

      That did it for me! Auden’s take on Joseph is so very sympathetic and real in “For the Time Being.” Thank you, Mary. SEC, this was a tough one!

    • Annie Dolber's Gravatar Annie Dolber
      April 8, 2020 - 3:08 pm | Permalink

      Hi, Mary! Thinking of you out here on the banks of the mighty Columbia, where blooming azalea and rhododendron are gladdening our hearts from the World of Nature … hoping your mud season is soon over and our Easter the world over gives us hope. Love, Annie

  9. April 8, 2020 - 8:24 am | Permalink

    R.I.P. John Prine. In his song, “When I get to heaven”, John refers to seeing his father. I suspect Jesus, ‘tho he cried out to his Heavenly Father, also had that firm hope he would see the Carpenter Dad, Joseph.
    Here’s John’s Song on Youtube:

    Whew this has been the toughest Lent. First, working with TWO calendars is worse than commute across time zones. Just when I think Easter is coming this Sunday, it’s only Palm Sunday. And, I 98% followed the Pope’s request to not troll during Lent. However, since I’m on the Pope’s Calendar, I plan to resume trolling next Monday on an un-Orthodox schedule.

    • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
      April 8, 2020 - 8:31 am | Permalink

      Say hello to Francis. Best of luck with that Vatican Bank reform. Oh, and happy Easter happy Easter.

    • Julia's Gravatar Julia
      April 8, 2020 - 8:40 am | Permalink

      Oh yes, oh yes. We lost a great one when John Prine left us yesterday. We were just talking last night about what Jesus would say to him about “Jesus, The Misding Years”. So much truth in his work.

      Thank you to all who made another Lent Madness season so fulfilling.

    • Sarah P's Gravatar Sarah P
      April 8, 2020 - 8:51 am | Permalink

      Thank you, Mark.

    • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
      April 8, 2020 - 9:01 am | Permalink

      Mark, enjoy smoking that cigarette that’s nine miles long. Scantily clad roller skaters. Gonna have a COCKTAIL. And may the critical “syphilitic parasitics” find only cheap vodka. HAPPY EASTER happy Easter.

      • Sue Campbell's Gravatar Sue Campbell
        April 8, 2020 - 9:27 am | Permalink

        Thank you for this video insert – I was sad to hear of his death, and this makes me smile!

      • Katrina's Gravatar Katrina
        April 8, 2020 - 10:31 am | Permalink

        Thanks for introducing me to another of God’s saints. I was not familiar with this artist. Oh, the things we still can learn in our old age.

    • Chris's Gravatar Chris
      April 8, 2020 - 10:14 am | Permalink

      Thanks for sharing John Prine’s video, Mark. I, too, am sad. As John says, God’s heaven does not rely on earthly time at all. Joseph and Harriet know this. Whoever wins today knows faith and love win in the end. Thank you, Mary Pratt. You cemented my vote. Hope I end up getting me a pair of roller skates.

  10. April 8, 2020 - 8:27 am | Permalink

    Could there be a silver halo for the runner up?

    • Miss Jan, Portland, Oregon's Gravatar Miss Jan, Portland, Oregon
      April 8, 2020 - 10:40 am | Permalink

      There has been before.

    • Linda M.'s Gravatar Linda M.
      April 8, 2020 - 4:56 pm | Permalink

      I think there should be. Both Harriet or Joseph are worth it!

      • andrea's Gravatar andrea
        April 8, 2020 - 9:30 pm | Permalink

        I agree! Very very tough choice today, but I voted for Joseph because of the prayer, Auden poem, and in honor of the workers(and their families) who are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Michael, thank you for the meme today.

  11. April 8, 2020 - 8:27 am | Permalink

    The “Moses” of her people gets my vote on this day when Passover begins! (I was inclined to vote or her anyway, but the synchronicity sealed it.) Thank you, SEC, for bringing me and my fourth grade religion students joy in this troubled time.

  12. Linda Birchall's Gravatar Linda Birchall
    April 8, 2020 - 8:28 am | Permalink

    I always hate to see Lent Madness come to an end, but especially so this year. The daily columns have given me something to anticipate eagerly in this time of sheltering in place. No matter who wins, we are all the better for having been involved. While I will miss it more than usual, I will rejoice that we’ve had this time together (h/t to Carol Burnett).

  13. Betsy H's Gravatar Betsy H
    April 8, 2020 - 8:28 am | Permalink

    So many times this Lent I have thought “ok, maybe my guy/gal won’t win this round, but that’s ok”. This round is no different! I voted for Harriet but could as easily voted for Joseph. It seemed like a match up between a fairly recent historical figure whose concrete acts of bravery and compassion are known, and a 2000 year old legendary figure of the Bible swathed in mystery. Right now, during the Corona virus pandemic, we need the inspiration to be led out of the slavery and fear and grief over the way of life we have cherished into the freedom of something better. And so, for our times, Harriet it is!

  14. Rene Jamieson's Gravatar Rene Jamieson
    April 8, 2020 - 8:29 am | Permalink

    This wasn’t as difficult a choice for me as I thought it would have been. I voted for St. Joseph.

  15. Leamarie's Gravatar Leamarie
    April 8, 2020 - 8:32 am | Permalink

    From the instant I saw Harriett Tubman’s name among the 32 I knew she was my choice for the golden halo. She put her life on the the line for those she led to freedom. Now, many are putting their lives on the line for us and for the sick. God bless and keep all those precious souls. May he bless and keep us in this time of coronavirus. And may Easter come bright and glorious reminding us, again, that he is risen from the dead, because of love for each of us. And thank you Lent Madness and all who work or vote within for helping to keep us sane and focused on the important things during this time. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    • Verdery Kassebaum's Gravatar Verdery Kassebaum
      April 8, 2020 - 1:02 pm | Permalink

      Amen, Leamarie (though I’m not sure yet for whom I’m voting.)

  16. Donna Hopper's Gravatar Donna Hopper
    April 8, 2020 - 8:45 am | Permalink

    Yet, where would any of us be without Joseph! His willingness to step out in faith brought us the blessed Jesus. While Harriet did such brave and noble works in freeing us from slavery, she did so following Joseph’s example. He had no clue what a change he would bring to mankind! Either is worthy of the Golden Crown, but I went with the “first” father.

  17. Janene's Gravatar Janene
    April 8, 2020 - 8:49 am | Permalink

    Harriet battled the evil of slavery. Something we can only imagine and read about
    What theses brave people endured we can’t comprehend in modern time.
    Harriet Tubman is the winner.

  18. Caroline S.'s Gravatar Caroline S.
    April 8, 2020 - 8:52 am | Permalink

    Amen, and thank you, Tim and Scott, for creating this community. Virtually.

  19. April 8, 2020 - 8:54 am | Permalink

    Ahhh… it finally has come to the end, for this Lent anyway. This year was special, of course, because of the crisis which impacted all of us. In New York City, my home, we sadly had a record number of deaths yesterday, just when I thought things were going better. But we can’t give up; each of us has people who depend on us. As Harriet said, “Keep going!” As Joseph trusted in God and Mary at a time when an adulteress would be stoned, I strive to trust God and the good will of my neighbors. We are a Resurrection people. Just as Jesus’s return enlightened the gloom that had struck his people, I trust that our future will take us out of this darkness. “My soul longs for you, Loving God–my soul waits, and in your word I place my trust. My soul longs for you, Loving God, more than sentinels long for the dawn, more than sentinels long for the dawn.” Psalm 130 extract.
    I voted today. Does it matter for whom? Have a wonderful Easter everyone. Be reborn! See you next Lent.

    • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
      April 8, 2020 - 9:11 am | Permalink

      Thank you, Richard. As you say, keep going. Stay well, you and your fellow New Yorkers. We are a Resurrection people. See you next year.
      So many names, there
      is barely room on
      the walls of the heart.

    • Jeanine Jewell's Gravatar Jeanine Jewell
      April 8, 2020 - 9:37 am | Permalink

      Thank you Richard! I always enjoy your posts especially (maybe it’s the jaunty tilt of your halo). Have a wonderful Easter and we’ll all meet again next year.

  20. John Blackwood's Gravatar John Blackwood
    April 8, 2020 - 8:58 am | Permalink

    This is a tough choice. Joseph, being the father of the “son of man” – what could be more important than that? But, as the 1st note on Joseph admits, we really don’t know very much about him. Harriet Tubman was born black and as a slave which means she came into this life with 2 strikes against her. She was abused, mistreated and she still managed to devote her life to helping the downtrodden throughout her life. That takes unimaginable resolve and I find her example worthy of my vote.

    • Kathy in Nicaragua's Gravatar Kathy in Nicaragua
      April 8, 2020 - 12:20 pm | Permalink

      Black, a slave, and a woman — but she made it to home in spite of 3 strikes!

  21. Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
    April 8, 2020 - 9:01 am | Permalink

    In these times when everything feels surreal, who would’ve guessed that Madness would help keep us sane. The saintly smackdown is the first message I open every morning, before all the scary pandemic news. Thanks to the celebrity bloggers and everyone in this online community who started my day with your insights, grace and humor.

  22. Joyce's Gravatar Joyce
    April 8, 2020 - 9:03 am | Permalink

    This was fun and I learned a lot about Saints I never knew and others I have known and loved. I wish we could have both Harriet and Joseph this year.

  23. Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
    April 8, 2020 - 9:23 am | Permalink

    Thank you ever so much to everyone who has been a part of Lent Madness this year. Thanks for the jokes, the limericks, the memes, the links to art and music and more in-depth information, the heartfelt stories and testimony. Thanks to all in this community. I am heartbroken at the thought of not having our interaction to start off these grim days of death and disruption. I fear I am not cut out well for disaster, so I look to Harriet as an example of one who made it through near-constant threat of death and disruption. I had hoped to see Elizabeth Fry and Harriet in the final matchup. Wouldn’t that have caused wailing and gnashing of teeth! Good-bye, my Lenten friends. Please stay safe and be of good courage.

    • Amy's Gravatar Amy
      April 8, 2020 - 10:32 am | Permalink

      “I fear I am not cut out well for disaster” — Amen, sister! Especially THIS disaster, in which I am told the best way I can help my fellow humans is to stay at home. Not a satisfying way to serve, and not on the list of actions Jesus enumerated when he talked about sheep and goats in Matthew ch. 25.

      • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
        April 8, 2020 - 10:40 am | Permalink

        “They also serve who only stand and wait.” Milton

        • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
          April 8, 2020 - 1:33 pm | Permalink

          Thank you, Any and St. Celia!

        • Leslie's Gravatar Leslie
          April 8, 2020 - 10:29 pm | Permalink

          Yes. We know that quote. Not necessary to continually be “educating”us with literary/music references we know. Sometimes it comes across quite condescending. You likely don’t mean for it to.

          • Shelly's Gravatar Shelly
            April 10, 2020 - 12:38 am | Permalink

            Wow, it didn’t strike me as condescending at all!

          • Donna's Gravatar Donna
            April 10, 2020 - 1:36 am | Permalink

            Not at all.

    • April 8, 2020 - 11:54 am | Permalink

      Good-bye, Susan. Peace be with you!!

      • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
        April 8, 2020 - 1:34 pm | Permalink

        And also with you, Richard.

  24. Richard J Adams's Gravatar Richard J Adams
    April 8, 2020 - 9:27 am | Permalink

    Neither is superior to the other, both winners. Harriet lived a life of heroic dimensions and great courage. Joseph as far as we know was confined to a supporting role of near anonymity except in Jesus’ childhood, overshadowed in Scripture and story by his son(s) and wife. Both are role models. It’s a tie.

  25. April 8, 2020 - 9:31 am | Permalink

    A very special thank you to the Supreme Executive Committee for an awesome experience with this
    years astounding Lent Madness. It has been a pleasure!

  26. SharonDianneFosterPattison's Gravatar SharonDianneFosterPattison
    April 8, 2020 - 9:37 am | Permalink

    This my only second year of this Madness, I have found myself, never really been tested with my knowledge or lack of, but, never too old to learn and walk the walk of my Faith! Last year was a eye opening moving after 51 years in home and one area of our city—into a Condo life in an area of the city that we never know of! I have had many medical ups and downs, but when I was kicked down in Hawaii with the first of three brain bleeds And had 6 days of being conscience with no memory of those 6 days, that was where my journey really started! I had been on a journey to find ‘where was I)? When we moved we went back to the Church we were married at in 1963 and a minister asked me why is it so important where I was in those 6 days, — ‘isn’t it more important where you are now?’ That is when I found this Lenton Madness, and so grateful I did! It has lead me back to our daily Bible readings and lessons! I feel ‘reborn’ with knowledge and I will be 77 EASTER Sunday so I am not an infant by my calendar, but, I am learning what IS IMPORTANT in this life I have re-entered! My vote is for the lesser know Harriett Tubman, we Canadians already knew of her ordeals, and this is what LentonMadness is about to,learn of those out ‘there’ what they have done with no trophy’s, maybe. golden Halo! Everyone have a Joyous Easter, you never know when it will be your last!

    • Mary's Gravatar Mary
      April 8, 2020 - 10:15 am | Permalink

      Amen, Sharon and Happy Birthday and Glorious Easter.

    • April 8, 2020 - 11:57 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Sharon, for being a part of all this. So much to learn, so little time. I’m glad this was a happy experience for you.

  27. Ginny Rodriguez's Gravatar Ginny Rodriguez
    April 8, 2020 - 9:40 am | Permalink

    What great FUN Lent Madness is! The very Idea of saints in a smash down boggles the mind! Perhaps saints Might have certain Disagreements of theology.
    Be that as it may, all the saints surely agree that Jesus Christ is Lord, the Son of the great I Am.

    In Lent Madness, the big question is: what exactly is a saint?
    So, we participants struggle to answer this question in each contest. Some factors to consider historical time verses present moment; hermit vs. Bishop; and many others.
    Thanks, Fr. Tim and Fr. Scott and C.B. for the opportunity !

  28. Just Shan's Gravatar Just Shan
    April 8, 2020 - 9:47 am | Permalink

    I admire Harriet Tubman more than words can express. Her bravery astonishes me and her love must have been boundless. Dear Joseph, who loved Jesus, is the timeless example of perfect fatherhood. The most important thing a dad can do for his child is love and respect the child’s mother. In memory of my precious Daddy who died loving my mother perfectly and completely, I cast my final vote this year for Joseph.

  29. Elaine Culver's Gravatar Elaine Culver
    April 8, 2020 - 9:53 am | Permalink

    All honor to Harriet Tubman, but when it comes down to the wire, nobody trumps Joseph.
    We’re all going to miss Lent Madness. I think what I’m going to miss the most is reading about the humanity of the saints. Holy people that they were, they were still people, not figures in stained glass windows until much later. Furthermore, as we sing in the hymn “I
    Sing a Song of the Saints of God,” “They lived not only in ages past.” I’ll keep an eye out for holiness in people I meet and read about throughout the rest of the year. Many thanks for another great season of Lent Madness.

  30. Elaine Culver's Gravatar Elaine Culver
    April 8, 2020 - 9:58 am | Permalink

    I see that Harriet Tubman is ahead, but this might be a close round. No matter. Either one richly deserves the Golden Halo, and Joseph already has his. Harriet, I’m sure, has one in heaven as well. The Executive Committee, Celebrity Bloggers, and followers of Lent Madness are always winners every year. Thanks for a Happy and Holy Lent!

  31. Katie Taylor's Gravatar Katie Taylor
    April 8, 2020 - 10:07 am | Permalink

    This shouldn’t even be a competition – Harriet Tubman risked her life over and over again so that others could be freed from torture and death. If ever there were a saint, she was one, and I can’t think of a more deserving “competitor” for this year’s bracket.

  32. Amy's Gravatar Amy
    April 8, 2020 - 10:12 am | Permalink

    Thank you to the SEC, celebrity bloggers, and all who work behind the scenes to make Lent Madness happen — and thank you to the Lent Madness Global Public, all of you who vote and/or comment. In this weird Lent 2020, it has been wonderful to have this group of brothers and sisters to walk and converse with, albeit through the medium of computers. I hope to see you all again next Lent.

  33. Sandy Warren's Gravatar Sandy Warren
    April 8, 2020 - 10:15 am | Permalink

    I have voted for Joseph all the way along, but today I have to vote for Harriet. In many ways Joseph is an ideal but for Harriet we know a lot about her extraordinary determination and heroism.

  34. Mary's Gravatar Mary
    April 8, 2020 - 10:19 am | Permalink

    This has been great fun and a release from the bondage we are experiencing with the times we are living. Thank you all for lifting our spirits and glory to God for all the days to come.
    The Lord be with you. Amen

  35. April 8, 2020 - 10:23 am | Permalink

    flipping a coin…Joseph

  36. April 8, 2020 - 10:24 am | Permalink

    Blessings on all our ‘madness’ virtual community! I will miss the wonderful and blessed camaraderie and insightfulness shared on this on-line journey. Be safe, be well, God bless.
    PS . . . and blessings on Oliver whose youthful insights have been missed this year!

  37. Barbara MacRobie's Gravatar Barbara MacRobie
    April 8, 2020 - 10:30 am | Permalink

    Harriet is amazing. But her heroism is so lofty that I can admire it far more than emulate it. Whereas I can draw strength from Joseph’s in-the-background faithfulness and love. Joseph for me.

  38. Joanne B. Parrott's Gravatar Joanne B. Parrott
    April 8, 2020 - 10:31 am | Permalink

    Harriet for the Halo!! Can we get a set of Final 4 mugs this year?

    • Miss Jan, Portland, Oregon's Gravatar Miss Jan, Portland, Oregon
      April 8, 2020 - 10:43 am | Permalink

      Yes, please!

    • April 8, 2020 - 12:22 pm | Permalink

      ui want the painted peg dolls!!

    • Verdery Kassebaum's Gravatar Verdery Kassebaum
      April 8, 2020 - 1:09 pm | Permalink

      Ooo, more mugs!
      Ooo, painted peg dolls!

  39. Carol Buckalew's Gravatar Carol Buckalew
    April 8, 2020 - 10:33 am | Permalink

    I was having a hard time deciding but have remembered this: one tear during our churches Christmas Live Nativity we asked a young man from our neighborhood if he wanted to be Joseph. He said “Who’s Joseph?” And we got to tell him as we dressed him in the Joseph costume. On the 2nd run through Joseph was portrayed by a young man with intellectual disabilities. Afterwards he called his mom and excitedly told her,”I got to be Joseph!” We called the evening the miracle of Joseph. So today I will vote for Joseph for the Golden Halo!

  40. April 8, 2020 - 10:44 am | Permalink

    Thanks all!
    What a wonderful journey we are experiencing. Like the saints we’ve chosen with our votes their journeys brought them to us through faith and love and hope. Can we become saints without those same attributes?
    It doesn’t matter who I voted for. It matters that I want to learn more about what it takes to be on the ballot.

  41. Anne E.B.'s Gravatar Anne E.B.
    April 8, 2020 - 10:52 am | Permalink

    Happy Spy Wednesday! Joseph for the Golden Halo!

  42. April 8, 2020 - 10:55 am | Permalink

    What a blessing this year’s madness has been. So much to learn! My 86 year old UMC mother followed along for the first time. Lent Madness has been a touchstone in 2020. My gratitude and God’s blessings to Tim and Scott, Adam, and all of the bloggers. Well done, Y’all!

  43. Lisa Keppeler's Gravatar Lisa Keppeler
    April 8, 2020 - 11:10 am | Permalink

    I Want a Saint
    Joseph vs Harriet, Holy Week 2020

    I want a saint who steps up to the plate
    who does the right thing without blaming or accusing,
    who is a good dad, and a good husband
    who deals with childbirth on the road,
    and colic, and fleeing to Egypt, because
    it’s not about him. And he’s okay with that.
    I want a saint who supports his family,
    who works his trade and passes it on,
    who panics when his 12-year-old disappears in a crowd
    and prays in thanks and relief when he is found,
    and watches this adolescent turn into a stranger,
    stranger and stranger and more mysterious,
    but then he remembers the words of an angel
    and keeps on loving him, keeps on being a good dad
    and a good husband, knowing his name will fade
    into the background of the story, because
    it’s not about him. And he’s okay with that.

    I want a saint who dreams the impossible
    and then walks the walk, and runs the run,
    over and over, because impossible or not (Not!),
    it’s the right thing to do. I want a saint who
    knows her name is not what others call her, no:
    Her name is Freedom. Her name is Child of God.
    I want a saint who see stars and sees God,
    who sees torches and keeps going, who hears dogs
    and the footfall of dangerous men, and keeps going,
    keeps going to taste the freedom she has never known,
    but knows is her birthright. I want a saint
    who sees what needs to be done and does it,
    keeps doing it, in fits and starts, not pondering
    whether it’s possible. I want a saint
    with the faith to start something big, something
    still left undone, but still being carried out, in fits and starts,
    by others who keep going in her name; in her legacy.
    Because everybody’s name is Child of God. Because
    everybody’s name is Freedom.

    I want saints who see what needs to be done, and do it,
    who do the right thing, not counting the cost,
    who don’t care about fame or halos. But maybe —
    since they are folks like me; like all of us! — maybe,
    finally, when they rest in the arms of Love,
    beaten and bloodied, sweaty and tear-stained, maybe
    sweet and holy smiles will cross their lips
    when they hear that holy whisper:
    Well done, my child. Well done.

    — Lisa Keppeler 4/8/2020

    • Michael Fleming's Gravatar Michael Fleming
      April 8, 2020 - 11:14 am | Permalink

      Wow! So True. Maybe we need a mug with Joseph on one side and Harriet on the other.

    • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
      April 8, 2020 - 11:16 am | Permalink

      Wow, Lisa, that’s wonderful. Thank you. How inspired.

    • Linda S's Gravatar Linda S
      April 8, 2020 - 12:25 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, Lisa! I want that as well. ❤️

    • April 8, 2020 - 12:25 pm | Permalink


      that was worth the read!

    • Barbara Brooks's Gravatar Barbara Brooks
      April 8, 2020 - 1:09 pm | Permalink

      Beautiful, Lisa. And, no doubt, beautiful Lisa.

    • Barbara Gay's Gravatar Barbara Gay
      April 8, 2020 - 2:11 pm | Permalink

      What an amazing poem. Thank you.

    • April 8, 2020 - 4:24 pm | Permalink

      Simply stunning! Thanks, Lisa!

    • Isabelle M.'s Gravatar Isabelle M.
      April 8, 2020 - 7:14 pm | Permalink

      Lisa, your poem brought tears to my eyes, after all these long days filled with anxiety and trying to keep busy…finally I could let it out. Thank you! I appreciate both Harriet and Joseph so very much, continue to learn from them, the other saints, and all my brothers and sisters here in LM-world! Blessings to all of you, and let us sing ALLELUIA this Sunday with gratitude and joy, for we never know when it will be our last Easter. Amen.

  44. Michael Fleming's Gravatar Michael Fleming
    April 8, 2020 - 11:11 am | Permalink

    Since the entire country has been in a state of Lentin sacrifice (social distancing) It’s been wonderful to have Lent Madness as an alternate point of focus. Tubman v Joseph is a difficult, but wonderful choice to have to make. I actually predicted this would be the final choice when I first saw the Bracket. Whoever wins, I hope the Silver Halo gets a good coffee mug too. Thanks to the Supreme Executive Committee and all the Celebrity Bloggers for a wonderful and much needed season.

  45. Lisa Keppeler's Gravatar Lisa Keppeler
    April 8, 2020 - 11:13 am | Permalink

    I had no time to write a poem today, but it came to me at dawn and demanded my attention, as poems do.
    I still don’t know who to vote for. Could we have a tie, please?

    • Gregory of Ravenna's Gravatar Gregory of Ravenna
      April 9, 2020 - 12:27 am | Permalink

      Thank you Lisa! Beautiful.

      In the Zen tradition they study koans – paradox stories – “what is the sound of one hand clapping” – to force the mind to give up rationality and break thru to the Ultimate.
      I think today’s matchup is like that – they’re both worthy, how can you chose?
      You can’t – and that’s OK.

  46. Lucy Porter's Gravatar Lucy Porter
    April 8, 2020 - 11:14 am | Permalink

    I voted for Harriet Tubman, truly a saint for all times. Thank you all so much! Every year it seems that Lent Madness becomes more and more important to me, but this year, when our travel is nonexistent and even going for a walk in the mall is unwise, it is a spiritual life-saver. At age 82 and with a complicated health history, especially in the lung department, I began to isolate very soon after the virus hit NY and NJ. Both of us are so grateful to the staffs of our two “church homes”: Christ Church United Methodist in Manhattan and the United Methodist Church in Madison, NJ (where we live) for the meaningful Sunday services they telecast via Internet. Kudos to our Bishop for his Palm Sunday sermon. Thanks to the grocery stores for opening early just for seniors. And thank you to the SEC and each and every one of you for your companionship during this Lent. I hope to travel with you all next year, the Lord willing. Soon we will join in proclaiming “The Lord is risen! He is risen indeed!”

    • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
      April 8, 2020 - 11:18 am | Permalink

      Thank you, Lucy. Stay well.

  47. Donna's Gravatar Donna
    April 8, 2020 - 11:18 am | Permalink

    May God’s time be our time.

  48. ALICIA's Gravatar ALICIA
    April 8, 2020 - 11:26 am | Permalink

    Its Harriet for me. In this time of pandemic, her words, voiced by Michael Currry are more apt than ever, “if you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going… Don’t give up, don’t give in… if you want to taste freedom, keep going!” Praise be to God!

  49. April 8, 2020 - 11:36 am | Permalink

    I enjoyed this and thank you executive committee for your hard work and your writers for their hard work. I learn
    about new saints every year.
    Michael thank you for your thoughtful message.

  50. Bruce Raymond's Gravatar Bruce Raymond
    April 8, 2020 - 11:51 am | Permalink

    Tough choices. What I’ve enjoyed about the contest aspect of Lent Madness is pondering each saint and possibly reflecting more on their stories because of the vote. Often I discovered that I voted for the “loser” but that’s okay. Thanks to all the great bloggers and comments I left each day appreciative for the example of each person. A number of them were new to me.

    Just one question, the intro to today’s contest mentions the daily hymns selected by Sister Diana Doncaster. I have not heard any music nor seen links to any other than the theme music during Monday Madness. How have I missed that?

    • Gregory of Ravenna's Gravatar Gregory of Ravenna
      April 9, 2020 - 2:19 am | Permalink

      I wondered that too, Bruce.

  51. Carol G Dagenais's Gravatar Carol G Dagenais
    April 8, 2020 - 11:59 am | Permalink

    I was surprised what a blessing this Lenten Madness became as we journey through this time of fear and sorrow. Thanks to all the loving and clever hands and hearts who worked so hard to prepare and present the amazing stories of faith and hope!

  52. Diane Quantic's Gravatar Diane Quantic
    April 8, 2020 - 11:59 am | Permalink

    I voted for Joseph for his steady presence since the Nativity. But I really hope he doesn’t win. I can’t imagine the imagined image of the father of Christ on a mug.

  53. Meredith Hales's Gravatar Meredith Hales
    April 8, 2020 - 12:14 pm | Permalink

    This year’s madness has helped keep me sane. As always, thank you SEC and bloggers. Lent Madness always enriches my Lenten experience. God’s peace to all and stay well! See ya next year.

  54. Linda S's Gravatar Linda S
    April 8, 2020 - 12:18 pm | Permalink

    I felt completely disloyal to Jesus, but after much deliberation in the voting booth, I went with Harriet. I’m going to make today’s quote into a kitschy cross stitch for my den.
    I also took some time to look back on the saints I met this Lent Madness season. I’m surprised that Patrick got bounced so early, but glad that Brother Lawrence and his little book Practicing the Presence of God was pushed to the fore. Glad I got to vote “Junia” for the first time since I “met” her in 1979, when I first battled intransigent sexism in the conservative church. That vote was a long time coming, thank you! I also fell hard for Hildegard this go-round. That was fun! And the highlight for me was of course, Herman of Alaska! I’m an native Alaska (small ‘n’ not capital ‘N’) and I enjoyed witnessing his story embraced by the Lent Madness community. Though long a Herman fan, the write-ups and comments focused my attention on near new aspects of this wonderful man’s example.
    Because the pandemic has been such a buzzkill, the Madness did lose a lot of the frivolity for me this year. So much fear and uncertainty lay ahead. And now, as the Madness concludes – I have Harriet Tubman to shine a light on how to proceed. I’ve ordered her book, I’m righting myself and ready to look to her strength and wisdom and faith as the perfect example for the upcoming days and months ahead. Until next Lent season, friends, God bless and keep each of you!

    • April 8, 2020 - 4:28 pm | Permalink

      And God bless you, Linda. Thanks for sharing. I’m going to celebrate St. Herman’s feast day on my birthday this year (and years to come, I hope).

      • andrea's Gravatar andrea
        April 8, 2020 - 9:52 pm | Permalink

        Herman was one of the highlights for me too! Richard, I hope you enjoy your celebration.

  55. Rob Allen's Gravatar Rob Allen
    April 8, 2020 - 12:24 pm | Permalink

    I think that, in every round, I voted for what turned out to be the loser. This did not compromise my learning experience. So thank you SEC & Bloggers.

  56. One of the Jennifers's Gravatar One of the Jennifers
    April 8, 2020 - 12:48 pm | Permalink

    I expected to vote for Harriet today but the Auden poem and “which father did Jesus cry out to?” tipped it to Joseph for me. Harriet was extraordinary but today Joseph, for the ordinary people providing front line essentials-of-life care to people in hospitals and eldercare facilities. We don’t know much about their lives either, but we know they are holding the world together right now.
    Deep respect to both saints.

    Shifting gears – you know, Joseph is used to playing a secondary role…to Jesus’ other Father, to his more celebrated spouse. I think it would be lovely if he got a good enough showing today to be honoured with a Silver Halo engraved multi-tool or wood-engraved claw hammer or something, or a special label wood glue – in honour of holding things together?

    • Verdery Kassebaum's Gravatar Verdery Kassebaum
      April 8, 2020 - 1:12 pm | Permalink

      Ooo, One of the Jennifers, a Silver Halo engraved multi-tool–or something like that. What a great idea! (Are you listening, SEC?)

      • andrea's Gravatar andrea
        April 8, 2020 - 9:38 pm | Permalink

        I agree-I’d buy one too.

  57. Lois Alworth's Gravatar Lois Alworth
    April 8, 2020 - 12:55 pm | Permalink

    While I very much admire Harriet Tubman, I think that there is no one who is a better example of simple and complex faith and obedience than Joseph. Because he did not carry Jesus in his body he does not get the veneration that Mary does but he made it possible for Mary to hold her head up, give birth and survive in very difficult times. Although I did not follow this Lent Madness every day I have enjoyed it again and will miss it. Stay safe everyone.

  58. Verdery Kassebaum's Gravatar Verdery Kassebaum
    April 8, 2020 - 1:17 pm | Permalink

    In this time of open struggle and downright despair, I voted for Harriet, but it was a really hard choice;. As it’s supposed to be by now.
    But I’d buy a Silver Halo Joseph engraved multi-tool for my dear husband.

    • Denise LeGendre's Gravatar Denise LeGendre
      April 8, 2020 - 4:36 pm | Permalink

      a Silver Halo Joseph engraved multi-tool

      Oh, wouldn’t that make a great Christmas gift? Now if only someone would make one!

  59. Barbara Brooks's Gravatar Barbara Brooks
    April 8, 2020 - 1:26 pm | Permalink

    I have wanted to respond to so many of the posts today, in appreciation and in fellow feeling. This was my first year of participating, and it has meant so much to me to have a light-hearted, but often moving, look at people who struggled and rejoiced, just as we are struggling and rejoicing in this strange spring. Even more surreal this week for me and my family, we lost my two aunts within five days of each other, and there is no rushing to be with my ailing mother. But like Joseph, my brother and sister and their spouses are there, walking with her day to day. It’s been Harriet all the way for me, but I have a new appreciation for other saints, known and unknown, all those filling the bracket, thoughtfully blogging, and posting responses humorous, passionate, and poetic. I will carry you with me as I keep going by the light of the Eternal.

    • Amy's Gravatar Amy
      April 9, 2020 - 1:18 am | Permalink

      Barbara, I am so sorry that you have lost two members of your family this week, and that the virus prevents the family from coming together in person. My heart aches for you. May light perpetual shine upon your aunts.

  60. St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
    April 8, 2020 - 1:43 pm | Permalink

    “fellow feeling”: a wonderful term from the “fifth Elizabeth” this year

  61. Nancy Noel's Gravatar Nancy Noel
    April 8, 2020 - 1:57 pm | Permalink

    As someone asked yesterday, does anyone know the title and artist of the painting of St Joseph and toddler Jesus?
    Voting for Harriet but love that photo

    • Amy's Gravatar Amy
      April 9, 2020 - 1:39 am | Permalink

      I went to Google and learned to do a “reverse image search” to try and answer your question. But no luck. St. Joseph is so popular that there are a gazillion sites with that image, and the ones I looked at did not mention who the artist is, or the title of the image. I just wanted to leave a note to let you know you were “heard,” though my research was not successful. Happy Easter!

  62. Anna Smith Fraser's Gravatar Anna Smith Fraser
    April 8, 2020 - 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Knew this from the beginning.

  63. Tina Hogan's Gravatar Tina Hogan
    April 8, 2020 - 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Given our current situation, it’s a shame that Isidore of Seville, the patron saint of the Internet, didn’t make it further. We are certainly beholden to, grateful for, dependent upon, the Internet right now. May its servers remain strong!
    Thanks for a great year, Happy Easter everyone, and be well.

  64. Barbara Gay's Gravatar Barbara Gay
    April 8, 2020 - 2:19 pm | Permalink

    What I am going to miss about Lent Madness is the sense of community I’ve gotten from reading everyone’s comments. Often they have opened my mind to different points of view and it’s been especially wonderful in this season of having to avoid face-to-face contact with other people. Today I have to go with Harriet as someone we still need to lead us to freedom from spiritual blindness and injustice. Although it seems we go two steps backward for every step we take forward, I pray we can still keep going, as she did.

  65. Esther Dalrymple's Gravatar Esther Dalrymple
    April 8, 2020 - 3:44 pm | Permalink

    Thank you to everyone who posted a response. Many times I thought to, but not something I usually do. Thank you to the saints, and they truly are! who wrote the articles on the saints we were considering. I have learned so much about so many saints and will carry much of this forward with me.
    In this difficult time it has been a delight to look forward to each day’s new postings

    Thanks be to God

  66. April 8, 2020 - 3:48 pm | Permalink

    I believe I have been following Lent Madness since 2009. Since that time, I start looking forward to the Saintly Smackdown beginning the day after Christmas – St. Stephen’s Day. And then it arrives and as fast as it gets here, it is gone but not without the new winner of the Golden Halo! Thank you to all – Tim, Scott, Celebrity Bloggers and to everyone who posts, I learn so much. This particular round was especially important due to the day to day crisis we all face from Covid 19. We formed a family!

  67. April 8, 2020 - 4:36 pm | Permalink

    I absolutely love Harriet Tubman and I would, against perhaps any other Saint, vote for her. However, I have long believed that Joseph doesn’t get the same respect as other key biblical people, and therefore, cast my vote for him. If Ms. Tubman wins, who can possibly be disappointed.

    I also would like to thank everyone involved with this for making it possible. The Lenten season is my favorite time of the year, and I always look forward to seeing the posts.

  68. Joan Reyes's Gravatar Joan Reyes
    April 8, 2020 - 4:55 pm | Permalink

    I know that Harriet Tubman will win the halo but I believe that Joseph is an underdog and never really receive the love and appreciation that he so richly deserves. He never asked for the spotlight. He did what was asked of him, even though it was difficult. I hope that someday he will again be a candidate in Lent Madness and will win the Golden Halo. He deserves it.

  69. April 8, 2020 - 5:29 pm | Permalink

    I thought the voting totals were hidden until tomorrow? Why am I seeing a running total?
    and unlike all the other contests, I’m not revealing my choice~

  70. April 8, 2020 - 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Besides, unlike the Treasury Department, I’ve got $20 riding on Harriet!!! LOL

  71. April 8, 2020 - 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Many thanks to all who spent hours to make Lent Madness happen every year!! It also gives me a chance to connect with our now missing and missed Rev. Megan Castellan – undoubtedly related to a Saint. Blessings to all and stay well.

  72. April 8, 2020 - 6:22 pm | Permalink

    What does it say about our world that it was only in (Lent) Madness that I felt the most sane? Thank you, all, for the blessing of community, the exchange of ideas and the celebration of faith. I will miss you.

  73. Teri Jurgens's Gravatar Teri Jurgens
    April 8, 2020 - 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much, Scott, Tim, and all you fabulous celebrity bloggers. Lent Madness has been a bright spot in this worrisome time.
    It looks like Harriet has a comfortable lead for the Golden Halo, and this is the first time in the several years that I have participated that “my” saint has made it all the way! I am currently reading The Water Dancer, which is giving me another interesting, if fictionalized, perspective of her life’s work. I will definitely be ordering a mug this year.

  74. April 8, 2020 - 6:49 pm | Permalink

    Thank you SEC. Lent Madness has given us a community when we were isolated, chuckles when life was dreary, music, art and poetry when we needed it, inspiration when we were uninspired.
    In Kansas basketball is a religion and March Madness is close to holy. (“You scheduled your wedding in March? Well if it conflicts with a game, don’t expect me to be there. And I’m your mother.”) So when it was cancelled the order crumbled. But there was always Lenten Madness to turn to. A gift. Again, thank you.

  75. St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
    April 8, 2020 - 8:24 pm | Permalink

    For Gregory of Ravenna: I have not seen you comment today. Where is “The Stacks,” please? (I got the “Green Book”!) I have enjoyed your comments and hope to see you here again next year. Stay well! and THANK YOU!

    • Gregory of Ravenna's Gravatar Gregory of Ravenna
      April 9, 2020 - 12:15 am | Permalink

      St. C!

      Bless your heart – I thought I had chimed in.

      I definitely wanted to thank you for your thoughtful and eloquent posts. You were a special delight this year. Did I understand you are based in the Northwest? (Got that impression, not sure why). If so, me too!

      The Stacks is our house, in the way of a good British house, named for a special feature. In our case – books. Stacks and stacks of books. Not to brag…

      See you next year!

      • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
        April 9, 2020 - 9:32 am | Permalink

        Portland, St MAA! Stay well!

    • Gregory of Ravenna's Gravatar Gregory of Ravenna
      April 9, 2020 - 12:17 am | Permalink

      Wait – how can you see my email?

      Not that I have a problem with that, but – how do you do that?

  76. April 8, 2020 - 8:57 pm | Permalink

    Jesus had his heavenly Father and his earthly father to teach and guide him. St. Joseph guides and watches over our family.

  77. Richard Kurzman's Gravatar Richard Kurzman
    April 8, 2020 - 9:21 pm | Permalink

    While I think Joseph should be running away with this, I would be perfectly happy if two Golden Halos were awarded, one for each. I think both finalists would also be happy with such a solution to this difficult choice.

  78. Margaret's Gravatar Margaret
    April 8, 2020 - 10:57 pm | Permalink

    I think that Harriet Tubman was a good Candidate with remarkable achievements in America. Perhaps the recent movie helped to spread her story. Saint Joseph on the other hand is heard about at Christmas. His remarkable undertaking led to Christianity. Mary’s fiat perhaps would not have been achieved without the protection of Saint Joseph. He to had to flee with the most precious cargo of Mary and Jesus.

  79. Brian Thom's Gravatar Brian Thom
    April 8, 2020 - 11:56 pm | Permalink

    All praise for Harriet Tubman’s discipleship. However,

    Know Joseph, know Jesus.
    No Joseph, no Jesus.

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