The Culture of Blechh

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 11:27 AM Comments (53)

The other day, I announced my pregnancy on my Patheos blog. Having used up all my creativity in making the actual baby, I didn't order custom-printed baby announcement M&M's to sprinkle around the house and then video my kids' reaction when they discovered them. I just put a picture of my belly sticking out and wrote, "Hooray!"

Because I am lucky, I got dozens of happy congratulations, some from people I know, some from people I've never met or heard of. Then, inevitably, a surprsingly slow 48 hours later, a commenter left the first poo in the punchbowl, saying:

"Here's to every woman's right to exercise her sexual and reproductive functions in the ways she and not someone else, chooses....READ MORE

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Lessons from the ER

Thursday, August 14, 2014 5:44 PM Comments (20)

My mother says she used to pride herself on how safe and healthy she kept her children while we were growing up. All the other mothers were constantly in the emergency room, getting their kids' broken legs set, their noses stitched back together, their concussions evaluated. But her kids had a clean record! 

Then she realized that her kids, on a typical day, saw about as much action as the rosary on Jack Chick's nightstand.  It's pretty hard to break anything when you spend your leisure time lying on your ear reading Archie comics and eating cold noodles out of a sandwich bag.

My kids have managed to break both molds: they are both shamefully sedentary, and monstrously accident prone. We...READ MORE

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What Does the Church Teach about Suicide?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 11:50 AM Comments (36)

What does the Church teach about suicide?  From the Catechism

2280 Everyone is responsible for his life before God who has given it to him. It is God who remains the sovereign Master of life. We are obliged to accept life gratefully and preserve it for his honor and the salvation of our souls. We are stewards, not owners, of the life God has entrusted to us. It is not ours to dispose of.

2281 Suicide contradicts the natural inclination of the human being to preserve and perpetuate his life. It is gravely contrary to the just love of self. It likewise offends love of neighbor because it unjustly breaks the ties of solidarity with family, nation, and other human societies to which we...READ MORE

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God and the Hungry Belly

Thursday, August 07, 2014 1:56 PM Comments (54)

It's easy to find reasons not to help the poor. We can say that we can't afford to help, or that they're not really poor, or that it's their own fault that they're poor, or that they will never stop being poor if we help them.

In the United States, these issues can be muddy. Most of us probably know someone who really isn't poor but pretends to be, or who really is to blame for being poor, or who really doesn't want to stop being poor. Mark Shea shows why these anecdotes still don't excuse us from serving the poor:

[Jesus] pronounces a special blessing on generosity and love to people who will not and cannot reciprocate.
 
No.  Really.

He said also to the man who had invited him, “When...READ MORE

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A New (Old) Way to Apologize

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 11:06 AM Comments (24)

Last May, this post got well-deserved attention among my mom friends: A better way to say sorry. The author is a teacher who realized that when kids hurt each other, it didn't exactly instill true repentance or healing when she forced them to apologize. But what choice did she have? You can't just let bad behavior go.

So she came up with this alternative formulation, and made erring kids go through it step by step, every time:

I’m sorry for…
This is wrong because…
In the future, I will…
Will you forgive me?

She says that the kids really took to it, and even the one kid that nobody liked jumped at the chance to acknowledge that he was annoying everyone.

 He apologized to the whole...READ MORE

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Chemo While Pregnant? L'Chaim!

Thursday, July 31, 2014 1:30 PM Comments (29)

There's a very important piece on Catholic Stand this week: Evangelizing for Life -- Chemo while pregnant.  Birgit Jones explains that her daughter Erika was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 20 weeks pregnant. Jones says

That she was given only two options – abortion followed by treatment or waiting until after birth for treatment – is typical of advice most frequently given across the country. 

Luckily, Jones' daughter is "a molecular biologist, Howard Hughes research scholar, and former forensic biologist," and so she had the confidence and know-how to discover that she didn't need to choose between killing her child or letting her cancer go untreated. Jones says:

What she...READ MORE

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Prayer Doesn't Make Things Happen

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:11 PM Comments (32)

Have you seen this meme?

 

 

Here's a satisfying response from Domini, da mihi hanc aquam!.  He simply lists some of the hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of priests, bishops, and friars who, as scientists, engineers, and researchers, did indeed get up and make a better world. Not despite of their religion, but in exquisite harmony with their religion. 

It's a gratifying post, and instructive to all the smarty-pants atheists who sincerely (if inexcusably) don't realize what a desperate shambles the scientific and intellectual world would be in without the contribution and sustenance of Catholics. Even if you don't believe in God, you can't read a list like this and conclude that...READ MORE

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What NFP Means to Me

Thursday, July 24, 2014 5:07 PM Comments (18)

Perhaps you are unaware that it's NFP Awareness Week. Perhaps you are even unaware of what the letters "N" "F" and "P," when arranged in that order, signify to the princely figure of nearly 4-5% of Catholics. Perhaps you hear the letters “NFP” and nothing at all springs to mind. Doelike you stand, innocent and incorrupt, your mind as blank and pristine as a spring meadow.

You lucky son of a gun.

If you’re anything like me, the past week has seen you absolutely saturated in thinking about, talking about, promoting, defending, clarifying, and occasionally innappropirately oversharing about NFP. I’m about as tired of thinking about NFP as a man serving a life term is tired of hearing his...READ MORE

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Simcha Fisher, author of The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning writes for several publications and blogs at I Have to Sit Down. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and nine children. Without supernatural aid, she would hardly be a human being.