For God, Or for Your Bod?  Some Thoughts about Fasting and Dieting

02/07/2013 Comments (26)

A reader writes:

    I can't figure out how to make fasting not about losing weight!  As you know as an American woman we struggle so much with eating/exercising/body fat etc.    I am going on retreat this coming weekend and was thinking of attempting a fast. But it always turns into this thing about how much will I weigh afterwards etc.

I got this note some time ago, but since Lent is coming up, it seems like an especially relevant question.  Obviously, unless we are exempt, we are required to fast according to the Church's rules on certain days, no matter what our motivation.  Here is what the Church says about required fasting

The law of fasting requires a Catholic from...READ MORE

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Like the Dewfall

02/05/2013 Comments (43)

If you'll allow me a moment of dorky liturgical self congratulation, I would like to announce that last Sunday, I made it through the Mass without even glancing at the cheat sheet!  Yep, I even remembered to say, " for our good and the good of all His Holy Church," which is an especially sneaky passage because it's 99% the same as it was before, and lulls you into a false sense of familiarity -- and then BAM, "all his Holy Church." 

We all know that the main reason we go to Mass is winning the liturgy -- much like the two robbers in Freddy the Detective, who are having a contest (one singing, one on the harmonium) to see who can get through the song first without skipping anything.  I'm...READ MORE

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Looking for Choice?  How About Abortion Pill Reversal?

02/01/2013 Comments (49)

There has been much ado lately about the label "pro-choice."  Planned Parenthood, and other organizations who accept and promote abortion, are nervously backing away from that label, and are encouraging people to stop using the label "pro-life" to describe people who promote alternatives to abortion.

 

 

"These labels limit the conversation," purrs the video's narrator.  "The next time you talk about abortion, don't let the labels box you in.  Have a different conversation, a conversation that doesn't divide you, but is based on mutual respect and empathy."

Don't mind if I do!  Here is a fine example of a supportive, respectful, empathetic doctor offering real choice to a...READ MORE

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Book Review:  Fill These Hearts by Christopher West

01/31/2013 Comments (14)

Like many Catholics, I've read a lot more about Christopher West than I have read things by Christopher West.  I am very familiar with what his critics say, and also with what his fans say.  And when I read his newest book, Fill These Hearts, I discovered that his critics and fans are both right, up to a point.

Fill These Hearts doesn't have any new ideas in it -- and this is a good thing.  West has woven together many old and extremely important ideas and presented them for a new audience, one that desperately  needs to hear the message that he brings.   His writing is clear, accessible, and easy to understand -- but the ideas in it are profound.

He systematically demolishes the...READ MORE

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The Pushmi-pullyu at the March for Life

01/25/2013 Comments (38)

In Tuesday's post, "Eight Reasons Not to Use Graphic Abortion Images at the March for Life," I argued that gory, graphic photos of aborted babies can be an effective pro-life tool in some situations, but that, for many reasons, they should not be displayed in public places.  There was a huge amount of variety in the responses to the post.  Many people agreed with me, but many did not.  The interesting thing was, there was variety even among the people who agreed with me, and among the people who disagreed with me:  Even the people who agreed with each other didn't agree with each other about why.

I tried to find out whether the organizers for the March for Life had an official policy on...READ MORE

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Like It Was Part of His Name

01/24/2013 Comments (40)

My husband and I both work at our computers off and on throughout the day, and we email back and forth a lot.  Every once in a while, I get what looks like an empty message from him -- just a series of dots in a box.  This makes me  laugh every time, because I know what happened:  It's just Gmail being too smart for its own good again.  When you end every email the same way, Gmail thinks it's your signature, and thinks it doesn't have to include it in every email, especially if it's a response to a response to a response to a response to a response.  The recipient must know who it's from by now.  So smart, right?

And so, when I get an empty email from my husband, I know it's because he...READ MORE

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Eight Reasons Not to Use Graphic Abortion Images at the March for Life

01/22/2013 Comments (342)

Are you going to the March for Life on Friday, either in DC or in your state?  If so, are you planning to display graphic photos or videos of aborted babies? 

If you are, I'm begging you to reconsider.  Fr. Pavone famously said, "America will not reject abortion until America sees abortion."  Most pro-lifers understand that Americans are tragically ignorant about what abortion really is -- what it really does to real babies.  Many of us remember seeing those bloody images for the first time, and can recall being shaken out of a vague, fuzzy support for the pro-life cause into the realization that this is a life-and-death struggle -- real life, and real death.

But a  public place is...READ MORE

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God Isn't Fair

01/18/2013 Comments (79)

To paraphrase Fulton Sheen,  "There are not over a hundred people in the United States who hate God. There are millions, however, who hate what they wrongly believe to be God, which is of course, quite a different thing."

CNN iReport's contributor "TXBlue08" is one of these millions.  Her essay "Why I Raise My Children Without God" reads like an inverse catechism:  she meticulously lays out false premises about God, and then affirms her lack of faith in such a God.

Well, good for her!  If I had been taught to believe in the God she describes, I'd run away screaming, too (and I'd be a lot less tolerant of believers than she claims to be.)  She seems to have learned about God in the way...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.