The Allure of Either/Or

09/05/2013 Comments (110)

It’s an either/or world.  The latest evidence is a series of articles making the rounds on mommy blogs.  It’s yet another iteration of the modesty vs. responsibility battle that flares up and dies down without ever really going away.  The latest round went like this: 

One mother of sons pleads with girls to stop posting photos of themselves half-naked in sexy, come-hither poses.  It makes it hard for boys to see you as anything other than sexual objects, she explains.

Is outrage!  responds the blogging world, especially mothers of daughters.  Why aren’t we telling the boys to take responsibility for their own behavior and their own brains?  Why is it always up to the girls to hide so...READ MORE

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Should We Burden Priests with Our Sins?

09/03/2013 Comments (91)

In last week's post, Ten Reasons You Should Get to Confession This Weekend, one commenter expressed some doubts about burdening priests with frequent confession.

"You might want to give the priests a break," she said.  “Instead of dumping your ‘sins’ on them, why don’t you offer them some comfort?”

From the conversation that followed, it soon became pretty obvious that she was perhaps less concerned about poor, overworked priests, and more concerned about reminding everybody that the Church is corrupt, oppressive, homophobic, etc. etc.  Still, she had a point:  priests are often lonely, stressed out, and overworked, and could use some rest, and normal human companionship.  A friend...READ MORE

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Ten Reasons You Should Get to Confession This Weekend

08/29/2013 Comments (97)

1. You need to.  You have a mortal sin on your soul, and it’s killing you.  You know you want to live. So go to confession.

2.  You don’t need to.  Oh, really, you don’t need to?  You don’t need to have your soul refreshed, your courage strengthened, your dusty, crusty, venial sin-chapped hide soothed with the sweet balm of forgiveness?  You don’t need to hear one more time that the Almighty Son of God came down from Heaven, was born, suffered, died, and rose again so that you, personally, could be saved?  No thanks, you don’t neeeeed any of that right now?  Really?  Go to confession.

3. Your kids need to see you do it.  You can talk all you want about receiving the sacraments,...READ MORE

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Blessing Your Blessings

08/27/2013 Comments (43)

This morning, my second-oldest kid went off to her first day of high school.  It's only a half day and I was only half awake, so I forgot that I had meant to give her a blessing before she left the house.  (Hey, just because my "end-of-summer,-do-ALL-the-things" freakout is over, that doesn't mean it's too early for my "beginning-of-school,-do-ALL-the-things" freakout to begin.)

Why bless your kids?  There are several reasons.  First is that parents have a unique spiritual authority to ask God's blessing for the kids, so why would you not take advantage of that?  It's also a pleasant, intimate, and very easy way to show your kids that you love them.  And it does something else:  it...READ MORE

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We Need the Courage to Christianize Feminism

08/22/2013 Comments (141)

Wondering why we need a theology of women in the Church?  Look no further than the comments after Pia de Solenni's article, 'Theology of Women in the Church' Only Beginning to Be Revealed.

De Solenni is a moral theologian who was awarded the Pontifical Academies Award by John Paul II.  Her article simply notes that John Paul II's writing about women challenges us to understand womanhood in terms of who women are, rather than what they do, and that Pope Francis' recent comment, that "we don't have a deep theology of women in the Church," indicates that, in the coming years, the Church will continue the work that John Paul II began.  De Solenni says,

[T]he Congregation for the...READ MORE

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The Unlabeled Life

08/20/2013 Comments (33)

It's almost the end of summer vacation, and we're doing the traditional panicked whirlwind of activities before it's too late:  Sunday was mountain climbing and blueberry picking, and Monday, we made the two-hour trek to my favorite art museum, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.  Only we forgot until the last minute that we have a puppy now, who isn't quite old enough to be left alone; and we couldn't find anyone to watch him.  So, like all parents of nine children with blood that is red, we winged it:  packed up some kibble and a leash along with the ham sandwiches and water bottles, and off we went.

The Gardner Museum is not your standard art gallery, with unobtrusive...READ MORE

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A Fool and Her Gender Studies

08/15/2013 Comments (110)

Here's a quietly dismal essay by a woman who teaches a "course on Gender and Society" at Grinnell, "Explaining why, next time, I won't breastfeed."

This woman breastfed her child for (as far as I can tell) a year, but has come to the conclusion that the price her family paid for that year was too high -- not because breastfeeding was too hard on her, but because not breastfeeding is too hard on her husband.  Breastfeeding, she says, gave her an unfair advantage where their son is concerned:

Now it’s a year later, and I don’t breastfeed anymore. But my son still prefers for me to read to him before bedtime, and to wake him up in the morning.

When he is feeling sick or skins his...READ MORE

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The Enemy of My Enemy Is Still My Enemy

08/13/2013 Comments (145)

Am I crazy, or are we seeing an awful lot of Putin worship lately?

I must be crazy.  It can't possibly be that American Catholics are this confused.  They can't possibly really think that Putin is a Christian guy who just wants to make the world a better place in which to live.

Well, Pat Buchanan seems to think soHilary White seems to want us to think so.  One commenter responded, "I'm moving to Russia now :D" and this comment got 56 upvotes.  Some commenters are suggesting that Putin is doing the work of our Lady of Fatima, apparently forgetting that he called the collapse of the USSR "the greatest geopolitical catastrophe" of the 20th century.

Really?  You really think the man...READ MORE

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