The Distressing Disguise of the Hussy

06/04/2013 Comments (59)

The phrase "custody of the eyes" always gets a lot of play in modesty discussions.  (Yes, it's another post about modesty!  If you are tired of the topic, just practice some custody of the eyes and look somewhere else.)  In general, the phrase just means "watch where you look," and it usually has to do with not staring at somebody else's body parts.  This is just good old, practical Mother Church teaching us how to behave so we don't get into trouble:  if you're a man who is tempted into lustful thoughts by a woman's cleavage, then keep your eyes on her face.  If you're a woman who's tempted into lustful thoughts by shirtless joggers, then keep your eyes on the road.  Don't want to get...READ MORE

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Why I'm Wearing This

05/31/2013 Comments (289)

The weather's getting warmer, and here they come:  articles from nice Christian men, begging and pleading with their sisters in the faith to dress in a way that shows them as the beautiful women they were meant to be:  feminine, modest, and utterly captivating in the best possible way.

Well, well.  I, too, am less than thrilled to see the sidewalks a-flutter with girls wearing little more than a strategically draped ruffle, or wrapped tighter than an empanada in strips and straps of hot pink lycra.  Some of these ladies look alluring, some of them look just plain dumb, but they all have an unbearable eagerness to present themselves as a product to be approved of and consumed -- possibly...READ MORE

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Parents as Catechists

05/30/2013 Comments (35)

Barbara Nicolosi has written a typically frank and practical essay: Repenting of the Failure of Parish-Based Catechesis: Time for An Old Idea.  Her parish priest did the same thing as ours did recently:  he asked the parishioners if they could name the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.  At Nicolosi's church, she was the only one who could recite them, which she did.

People gasped. Father approached our pew actually shocked. He was intrigued and, I guess, figured maybe I had gotten lucky. "Stand up and say them again. Slower." So, I did. And then our priest looked around and pointed at me and people applauded. Like I had done something extraordinary. Like I had said something brilliant....READ MORE

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05/28/2013 Comments (45)

Several years ago, an ex-Catholic writer thought she would spend a year sampling all the different churches she could find, one per week.  I haven't read the resulting book, but I do remember hearing her say that Catholics certainly don't smile very much during Mass -- and what a shame that was. I suppose it varies from region to region, but she's right about her observation.  In all the Catholic churches I've been to, I've only seen smiles during Mass on a few occasions:  during the sign of peace (which often feels like an interruption or intermission in the middle of Mass, rather than a part of it); during a homily, if the priest cracks a joke; when there is a "milestone" sacrament,...READ MORE

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Walk the Walk

05/24/2013 Comments (43)

Even at this late date, I’m still looking for it:  that one, simple step I can take that will make my life easier, make my love stronger, make my brain faster, and make my pants looser.  Deep down, I know there is no such thing; but hope springs eternal in the heart of a lazy person.  I don’t want to have to take all the little steps I’ll have to take to slowly and gradually make minor improvements in thirty-six different areas of my life.  I don’t wanna!  I want to push a red button and wake up to find that everything’s better.

Well, if we did have a red button that way, I guarantee you, the kids would have pushed fig newtons so deep into it by now that it wouldn’t be functioning;...READ MORE

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Ten Marks of a Good School

05/23/2013 Comments (73)

In the last nine years, our family has tried five different types of elementary school:  home school, private school, parochial school, public school. and charter school.  We're extremely lucky to have found one that works very well for us, and it's hard to imagine switching for any reason other than, say, statewide devastation by asteroids.  With all that switching around from school to school, we've learned a few things about the basic marks of a good elementary school.  (There are often fewer options for high school; and older kids have different needs, and are more resilient than younger kids.) Since this is the time of year when parents are assessing whether or not their kids are...READ MORE

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Psst, Episcopalians!  Over here!

05/21/2013 Comments (198)

You may remember The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.  When she took office in 2006, she was interviewed by the New York Times, and had the following exchange:

Q: How many members of the Episcopal Church are there in this country?

A: About 2.2 million. It used to be larger percentagewise, but Episcopalians tend to be better-educated and tend to reproduce at lower rates than some other denominations. Roman Catholics and Mormons both have theological reasons for producing lots of children

So right away, we learn two important things about Bishop Jefferts Schori:  first, that despite her talk about inclusiveness and tolerance, she...READ MORE

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My Profession

05/17/2013 Comments (164)

In her illuminating post the other day, Jennifer Fulwiler describes going to a party where she knew hardly anyone, and conducting a little social experiment:  for the first half, she introduced herself as a stay-at-home mom, and got little more than a verbal pat on the head in reply.  For the second half, though, she introduced herself as a writer; and then conversation blossomed.

But this disparity in response, Jen says, is not necessarily because people don't value motherhood as a way of life.  It may simply be because saying "I'm a mom" can mean so many very different things that it doesn't really give much information at all.  She says:

I know that a lot of moms who are out of...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.