Category Archives: Lent Madness 2014

Basil the Great vs. Antony of Egypt

Welcome to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen! After sixteen bruising, gut-wrenching, heart-pounding battles, we have cut the field of 32 saints in half. We’ve already seen our fair share of hotly contested match-ups, blow-outs, and Cinderellas and we’re only half-way through the bracket. Lent Madness, like Lent, is part endurance race and we encourage […]

John Wesley vs. Charles Wesley

Ah, this long anticipated family battle has finally arrived. Methodist Meltdown, Fratricide-apalooza, whatever you choose to call it, today’s match-up will be epic. While they share a Collect, today the sibling rivalry will be bitter. A fitting end to the Round of 32 as tomorrow we kick off the Round of the Saintly Sixteen. Yesterday, […]

Joseph Schereschewsky vs. Harriet Bedell

What’s in a name? Fortunately for Harriet Bedell, this contest won’t be decided by the number of letters in one’s name. In this category Samuel Isaac Joseph Schereshewsky would not only win 30 to 13 but he’d run the entire Lent Madness table. Two fascinating stories, two amazingly saintly lives, yet only one will move […]

Monday Madness — March 24, 2014

The highlight of your week is already here. It’s time for another action-packed episode of Monday Madness, brought to you by the Supreme Executive Committee. This week features conversation about the Round of the 32’s epic conclusion with the Fratricide Finish between John Wesley and Charles Wesley. Tim and Scott also take some time to […]

Phillips Brooks vs. Simeon

And…we’re back for another week of hard-hitting, halo-busting Lent Madness action! Today we have a battle between a renowned 19th century preacher and an aged Biblical figure who held the newborn Jesus in his arms. It’s “O Little Town of Bethlehem” vs. the Nunc Dimittis as can only happen in Lent Madness. This week we’ll […]

Stave Off LMW With Sunday Entertainments

Saturday morning, the world — or at least the American East Coast — awoke to the news that Nicholas Ridley had been re-martyred by John of the Cross (79% – 21%). We’d say he “went up in flames” but that might be cringe-worthy as Ridley was, in fact, burned at the stake. Now begins the […]

Nicholas Ridley vs. John of the Cross

Will John of the Cross get “rid” of Ridley? Or will Nicholas Ridley “crucify” John of the Cross? These are the questions that emerge when an English martyr faces a Spanish mystic. Enjoy the last saintly square-off of the week and stay tuned for more Madness on Monday as Phillips Brooks takes on Simeon. Yesterday […]

BREAKING NEWS: The SEC Denies Involvement In Scandal

The Supreme Executive Committee of Lent Madness categorically denies any involvement with bribery for places in the bracket of saints. Despite all accusations to the contrary, Louis of France earned his way into the 2014 bracket, and the SEC did not accept payment for favorable placement. This so-called “Payment for Placement” scheme has rocked the foundation […]

Thomas Merton vs. Aelred

The photograph vs. the icon points to the 800 years standing between these two giants of monasticism, Thomas Merton and Aelred of Rivaulx. And by “standing” we mean amid the blue grass of Kentucky for the one and among the moors of North Yorkshire, England for the other. While we generally try to keep any […]

As Seen on TV. Again!

The Lent Madness quest for world domination ran through the northeast yesterday as NECN (New England Cable News) did a terrific story about our little online devotion. We encourage you to watch the video and share it with all your friends, relatives, and lukewarm acquaintances. In fact, why not go on and send it to all […]