In Which I Nag You To Buy Life Insurance

06/09/2015 Comments (6)

What keeps you up at night? What kind of dark horses go galloping around your brain at 3:30 a.m.?  Lately, my horses are: what if someone asks the kids to prove the existence of God, and they can't, because we gave up on Aquinas? I haven't printed out photos in six years! I'm not sure I ever taught them about sonata form, and now some of them think Cake is actually a good band! I never thanked Nora's mom for making us food when the baby was born, and I'm still not sure which Nora's mom it was! We'll have to change schools. And so on.

Happily, I no longer wake up wondering how our kids will pay for funeral expenses if we die. Yep, the Fishers have life insurance.

For a long time, we just...READ MORE

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Everybody Knows the Church Will Change. (Everybody Is Wrong.)

06/04/2015 Comments (48)

Since I wrote about the Michael Hichborn's effort to gin up panic over gay infiltration of the World Meeting of Families, several readers now assume that I think everything is fine -- that I think there's no threat to the institution of heterosexual, monogamous marriage in the United States.

Hey, folks, I'm not an idiot. Clearly, there is a huge, concerted, organized, heavily moneyed push to normalize gay relationships globally, and the Church is not sheltered from that push. Some bishops are even apparently part of that effort. The Register's Edward Pentin reported on a secret (or at least private) meeting apparently attended by  

 "50 participants, including bishops, theologians and...READ MORE

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Yes, Agenda-Driven Infiltrators Are Hijacking the World Meeting of Families

06/02/2015 Comments (99)

When my daughter was about three, she went into the bathroom and locked the door. Then I heard a shriek. She burst through the door and yelled, "Somebody bite me!" Sure enough, there on her arm were two perfect semi-circles of teeth marks where someone had bitten her.

But no one else was in the bathroom. She had bitten herself. And she was mad about it.

This is more or less what happens every day in the Catholic blogosphere. The latest example of self-inflicted bite wounds: The Lepanto "Institute" reported the other day that the World Meeting of Families was being infiltrated with a gay agenda. The evidence? The contact person for Talley Management, which is the third party company...READ MORE

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Gee, Your Corpse Smells Terrific!

05/28/2015 Comments (16)

I've just witnessed a miracle! My guilty reading pleasure, the tell-all, anything-goes, don't-you-judge-me women's site XO Jane has published a remarkably unsnarky and informative piece on incorruptibles -- the saints whose bodies have not decomposed as expected, presumably as an outward sign of inward holiness. 

The author gives a brief, accessible overview of some famous incorruptibles, and explains how recent investigations have thrown some doubt on the miraculous nature of the bodies' preservation. But her tone is more of fascination and even fondness than of derision, and she graciously concludes, 

Preserved by the hand of God or by the hand of man, the incorruptibles are a glimpse...READ MORE

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When Hell Has a Hashtag

05/26/2015 Comments (36)

#CharlieCharlieChallenge is a popular hashtag on Twitter today. According to the BBC Trending blog, it refers to

a game which involves balancing pencils over the words "yes" and "no" on a piece of paper. Players ask questions which are supposedly answered by Charlie - a mysterious demon who spookily moves the pencils, if you believe in that sort of thing.

The BBC says, "if you believe in that sort of thing" because it does sound pretty goofy: A mysterious Mexican demon moving pencils around at the behest of eleven-year-old Mackynzie, who wants to know if Conor likes her or not. Who would believe nonsense like that? If Hell has its own hashtags, how scary could it be?

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Only a Rightly-Ordered Heart Feels Grief

05/21/2015 Comments (28)

Social media was at its best yesterday. My feed started out the morning with an explosion of irritation against a DIY theologian. His ideas about sex, marriage, and God's will could be summarized by changing the name of The Bible to "How to Make Sure Wimmin Don't Win." Anger and refutations were the right response to his loathsome ideas, and it was good to see such an articulate, vociferous rejection of them.

It was even better to see another article slowly take over my feed.  At The Catholic Company, blogger Gretchen shared the words of John Chrysostom, who had more or less the opposite to say about what marriage ought to be like (and his words were all the more refreshing, in contrast...READ MORE

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A Little Fish Can Go a Long Way

05/19/2015 Comments (6)

When does a lump of iron save lives? When it looks like a fish, and you cook it up with your evening meal. 

Christopher Charles, a Canadian epidemiologist, was studying anemia in Cambodia, and discovered that almost half the children and pregnant women in the area were anemic because of poor diet. Chronic iron deficiency was leading to exhaustion, mental and physical weakness, and developmental problems in children; and women were sometimes so anemic that they hemorrhaged to death in childbirth.

In the first world, anemic people can get stronger simply by eating more iron rich foods or by taking an over-the-counter supplement.  Even cooking meals in an iron pot can help, as the iron...READ MORE

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Columbia Students Lay Siege to Themselves

05/14/2015 Comments (31)

Psychological triggers are real. People who have endured assaults or abuse may be highly sensitized to external reminders of that trauma, and images, words or even sounds or smells can land like a blow on the psyches of certain victims. It's a phenomenon related to PTSD, and it is fairly rare.

And it is deeply offensive, says Tom McDonald, to "trivialize the real struggles of those who suffer from psychological problems" by calling everything that startles or alarms us a "trigger," and to demand that others shield us from exposure to these disturbances.  Yet the "trigger" has become a more and more popular concept, especially in academic circles -- and it seems to be gaining more clout...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.