So Long, and Thanks for All the Intersex Fish

04/18/2013 Comments (114)

Do a few stretches, and then wrap your brain around these three facts:

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Who Is to Blame for Kermit Gosnell?

04/16/2013 Comments (113)

Maybe you've heard:  what Kermit Gosnell did?  It's pro-lifers' fault.

Jezebel says

 "[Gosnell's] business was able to thrive because of limited access to reproductive choice, not because of reproductive choice itself." 

XOJane says

These patients had nowhere else to go for safe, compassionate, responsible abortion care, turning to Gosnell as a last resort.  [T]his clinic existed in the first place because of restrictions on abortion access, not because of the supposed inherent evils of abortion. If Gosnell’s patients had been given another choice, they would have taken it ...This situation happened because of a failure of the regulatory system. Not because abortion is...READ MORE

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Interfaith Couples:  How Does It Work?

04/12/2013 Comments (109)

NPR's call-in show, Talk of the Nation, covered interfaith marriages the other day.  There were some interesting statistics, and I was pleased that the first caller (an atheist who married a Catholic) thought the required Pre-Cana classes he attended were thorough and useful.  The guest, Naomi Schaefer Riler, author of Til Faith Do Us Part, also said that the Church's marriage preparation courses are often used as a model for anyone preparing a couple of any faith for marriage.  Apparently only about half of interfaith couples actually discuss, before they are  married, how they will raise children!  Can you imagine?

The guest did say that the Church has recently changed its rules, and...READ MORE

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A Little Divisiveness, Please

04/11/2013 Comments (302)

Back in 2010, I grumbled to a traditionalist Catholic friend:

Every time some violent Muslim blows something up, all the peaceful Muslims complain about how unfair it is that everyone thinks all Muslims are like that, and they protest about it.  And I'm thinking, Why aren't you guys protesting against the violent Muslims?  Two birds with one stone.  You make the world less violent, and you get a better reputation as a group.

The reason I was grumbling to him was because the complaints of the peaceful Muslims reminded me an awful lot of the complaints of the perfectly nice traditionalists.  Every time some radiical traditionalist does or says something hideous, I hear a lot...READ MORE

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I Didn't Do Anything

04/09/2013 Comments (65)

With a gasp and a lurch, I centered my spine on the x-ray table.  The imaging tech clucked in sympathy.  "What did you do to your back, hon?" she asked.  And I had to admit,  I didn't do anything.  And yet here I was, hardly able to move.  All day and all night, I found myself in an invisible "cell of Little Ease," with no way of resting, because every position brought a different kind of pain.  I couldn't sleep, but I couldn't get out of bed without screaming.  Standing up straight was an act of courage.  The only time my leg wasn't burning was when it was numb.  And yet I hadn't done anything.

Which, it turn out, was the problem.  I didn't exercise, I didn't bother sit or stand up...READ MORE

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Build a Nest

04/05/2013 Comments (41)

On Holy Thursday, I wrote about how I intended to deal with the C&E crowd--how to avoid sinning against charity while attending Mass on the most important day of the liturgical year.   Well, here is how I dealt:

I didn't have to.  My daughter once told me, "Jesus conquered the Devil, Mama.  He conquered him, CONK, right over the head!"  That is what happened to me.  I was completely conquered by Easter, right over the head.  It was right in the middle of renewing our baptismal vows:

Priest. Do you reject Satan?

Me. I do. 

Priest. And all his works? 

Me I do! 

Priest. And all his empty promises? 

Me. I DO! 

Priest. Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of...READ MORE

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I Have a Date!

04/04/2013 Comments (70)

A court date, that is.  To contest a ticket.  This seemed like a much better idea six weeks ago, when I didn’t have enough cash to pay the ticket.  But now that my court date is set, I’m a little bit nervous.  What am I going to say?  It’s gotta be better than what I said to the officer who stopped me, which was the sobby version of, “I’M JUST HAVING A REALLY BAD WEEK, OKAY?”

My husband has been to court hundreds of times, as a crime reporter.  From his expertise, I’ve gleaned that it’s best not to wear sweatpants that say “TOUCHDOWN” across the hiney, not to spit at the guard or even in his general direction, and not to refer to the judge as “my honor.”  But beyond that, I guess all I...READ MORE

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The Rescue

04/02/2013 Comments (56)

When my sister and I were little, we used to love paging through the first aid manual.  The burn illustrations were our favorite, followed closely by the drawing of the guy whose leg was so broken, the bone was sticking out.  My mother kept taking the book away from us, but we kept finding it.  Our fascination was ghoulish, but we did learn some things: how to get a fishhook out of someone's finger; how to remove a foreign object from someone's eye.  And the various grips you can use to rescue someone who's drowning.

I remembered those grips when I saw this icon of Christ going down to the underworld to find Adam and Eve:


Christ wades down into the darkness where Adam has been...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.