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.



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:


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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Blessed Are the Uncertain

12/27/2012 Comments (26)

The Sunday before Christmas, we were treated to one of the most moving passages in the Gospels:

Mary set out
and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
"Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
that what was...READ MORE

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This Holy Family

12/25/2012 Comments (45)

Hey, everybody.  Isn't there a tradition of indulging people on Christmas day?  Maybe you will indulge me for a minute while I share this picture my son made for me:

First of all, is that not the happiest Christ Child you have ever seen? 

Man, he came here to bring light to the world and to save your soul, and he is ready and raring to go.

Next, I'd like to draw your attention to Saint Joseph.  St. Joseph is often depicted on his knees, although it's usually in adoration of the Child.  But this Joseph

clearly suffered along with Mary as she labored, and he appears to have flung himself to his knees is sheer, gleeful, goofy gratitude that's it's finally over.   Whoopee! ...READ MORE

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How to Write a Family Christmas Letter

12/21/2012 Comments (25)

If you're reading this, I have good news and bad news.

The good news is that you're still alive.  The Mayans didn't come back to life and  devour everyone's brains, as was predicted on the calendar.  Or whatever it was.

The bad news is, you're still alive . . . and that means you're going to have to write a Christmas letter.

Listen, deadbeat.  It's too late to send out paper cards, which you've been "taking a year off" from doing since 1993.  In fact, failing to send out cards is the only Christmas tradition you've managed to keep faithfully, other than miraculously transforming, every Christmas Eve, from someone who owns six pairs of scissors and four rolls of tape into someone who...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.