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So, did I use "myself" properly in that last ramble? No. "Myself" is a reflexive pronoun. It's the object of the sentence that refers back to (reflects) the subject: "I love myself." Any other use is either redundant (used for emphasis: "I baked the cake myself!") or pretentiously idiotic ("She took myself to the store with her"). Just use "me" in most situations, and you'll be fine. (Caveat: Sometimes people will use "myself" after "as" or "than." I think such uses are incorrect, but you can supposedly find great writers who did it, including Shakespeare, Milton, Poe, Lamb, and Stevenson, so I'm a bit hesitant to condemn such useage, lest someone call me "pretentiously idiotic.")

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I mentioned Robert Payne's The Holy Fire yesterday and said it might be the best saint book of all time. It prompted to think about what other books I would compete for that title. I immediately thought of Clare Boothe Luce's Saints for Now and any biography by Henri Gheon. If you have any nominees, please post them below or shoot me an email.

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This week has a pretty good feast day lineup. Tomorrow is Philip and James Alphaeus; Wednesday is Monica, every momma boy's favorite saint; Thursday is Ascension Day.

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Saturday is the feast day of Domitian Maestricht. I don't know anything about him about this sixth century saint, but his name struck me. I would've thought the first century persecutions under Emperor Domitian would've made such a name intensely unpopular among Christians.

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