Bright Wings

01/17/2013 Comments (28)

I'm writing an article for Catholic Digest about end-of-life issues.  To be more precise, I'm finally writing this article.  I was putting it off because (a) I'm lazy, (b) it involved conducting interviews, and I get very nervous talking on the phone, (c) it seemed like a depressing topic, (d) I was petrified of getting some detail wrong, leading readers astray, and causing the needless deaths of countless helpless grandmas, and most of all because (e) I was scared.  Scared of finding out exactly what the Church actually teaches.

I knew the secular ideas of Church teaching were wrong.  I knew that the Church is not cruel or heartless, and I knew that her teachings are derived from...READ MORE

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Praying as a Couple

01/15/2013 Comments (46)

If you've ever read an article or list of tips for how to have a stable and happy marriage, you'll know that every last one includes something about regularly carving out some alone time together.  I recently re-read something I wrote myself, several years ago, and cringed at my words.  "Doesn't matter how busy you are!"  I counselled. "Budget for a weekly date night, and make it special!"

Well, as someone who's waiting for seven W-2's to come in the mail, I can now attest that there is a big difference between being as busy as you want to be and being as busy as you have to be.  It's true that date night, home date night, or even just some unplugged alone time together is very...READ MORE

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For Your Marriage

01/11/2013 Comments (51)

We all know at least a few people who, when confronted with a problem or with their own bad behavior, will say humbly, "You're right.  I'm sorry.  This can't go on.  What can I do to make it better?"

And we all know a lot more people who, when confronted with a problem or their own bad behavior, will invariably protest, "It's not fair!  How can you treat me this way?  It's not my fault!  You all need to change to make me feel better!"

The liberal but contrarian Slate magazine should be ashamed to fit very neatly into the second category with their recent article, It's Better to be Raised by a Single Mom.  Now, Slate has a habit of attaching inflammatory, attention-getting headlines to...READ MORE

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How to Achieve Order and Sanity Despite Living Amongst Circus Animals

01/09/2013 Comments (48)

Parents of young children -- especially parents of lots of young children -- face many existential challenges:  molding young souls, forming young minds, guiding young spirits, wiping young bottoms.

So, so many young bottoms.

No matter how much you love your life, you may find yourself, from time to time, muttering or perhaps ("perhaps") shrieking,  "Where did all this stuff come from?  Why do we have it? Do we really have to live this way?"

Luckily, the answer is a resounding, if slightly hoarse-with-panic, "No!"  There is a solution!  Here are some tips for dealing.

 

KEEPING AN ORDERLY HOME

Perhaps the largest challenge of all is just making your daily way through the...READ MORE

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Are There Rules for "Religious Art?"

01/08/2013 Comments (83)

I may have  committed  some . . . light heresy on my post about the Finding in the Temple last week.  That wasn't my intention, of course.  Show me that the Church teaches something else besides what I say, and I'm really not going to put up a fight!  I wasn't trying to teach doctrine, but to share a moderately helpful insight about my personal spiritual life that I gained while listening to the Gospel at Mass.  Readers, always remember:  If my name had letters after it, my signature would say, "Simcha Fisher, L.S.S." for "Layman Saying Stuff."  Caveat lector.

When you're responding to the non-fictional written word, you are within your rights to say either, "Wow, you're right!" or "No,...READ MORE

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Where To Hide the Body

01/04/2013 Comments (88)

Read "The Rise of DIY Abortions" and you'll be horrified and moved -- and left with the strong impression that new restrictions on abortion are causing a dangerous trend:  More and more women, this article in The New Republic suggests, are turning to dangerous, unregulated abortion drugs they buy online. 

The only problem is, there's no actual evidence for any such trend.  The article admits:

Determining how many American women have had home abortions is exceedingly difficult: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not track illegal abortions. There is no blood test for drugs like Cytotec, and so such an abortion is indistinguishable from a natural miscarriage, even to...READ MORE

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Work Out Your Salvation in Fear and Shoveling

01/03/2013 Comments (41)

I had to shovel snow the other day, and I'm still mad about it.  I mean to say, I'm still reaping the benefits!

I have this theory, see.  Everyone knows that shoveling is a wonderful, aerobic workout; but my theory is that shoveling is also the most complete and rigorous spiritual exercise you can perform.  There is no lesson about life, no revelation about the soul that cannot be gained through shoveling.  It's practically designed to fight each one of the deadly sins in turn.  For instance:

SLOTH

Obviously.  There are few mistakes for which you will be so thoroughly and incontestably repaid than shoveling slothfully.  It may seem perfectly reasonable to skip clearing that last...READ MORE

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"Yes . . . and No!"

01/01/2013 Comments (61)

One thing I never get tired of wondering about is the dual nature of Christ, as true God and true man.  It's good to know that it's a mystery, which doesn't mean that it's vague and weird idea that won't stand up to reason -- but that it's so profoundly meaningful that you won't get to the end of understanding it, ever.

The author April Armstrong recorded that she actually asked the child Jesus whether, when he was little, he actually knew he was God.  And the answer was, "Yes . . . and no!"  Which makes more sense than anything else I've heard; and it might shed some light on one of the more baffling passages of the Gospel:  the finding in the Temple.

We can all agree that Mary and...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.