Dealing With Fear

09/20/2012 Comments (45)

A reader writes:

So, It's 1am, and I just finished a cake. All the while I was painting tiny little gold letters on said cake, all I could think about was how freaking terrified I am about the future of our country and the world. I feel as though all I can think about involves fear. I know that this is "not of God", as they say. How do I deal with fear like this? I'm growing weary of constantly feeling like I'm going to hyperventilate. :)

Oh yes, fear.  Fear is exhausting, and it sucks all the joy out of the day.  There are some practical things you can do to relieve fear over the state of the world:

First:  when the source of our fear is the news, there is a really simple...READ MORE

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Much Ado About Vocations

09/18/2012 Comments (32)

A reader writes:

    How did you/do you discern a ‘vocation’ to writing alongside your primary marriage/motherhood vocation?

    I love writing and I sometimes feel called to share more. Looking back, I should have listened to my college English 101 teacher and worked for a Writing/English degree. In the end I gave up a college degree for a husband and children (and have no regrets presently about it). I already write for and occasionally for my local Diocesan paper and I enjoy that.

    I’m trying to figure out if I should seek out other places to publish because this is what God is asking of me or if it is just something I want to feed my ego.

A very...READ MORE

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Who's Coming To Dinner?

09/14/2012 Comments (53)

Have you seen this video?  This is what happens when someone sits down with the Dalai Lama and attempts to have some light, enjoyable conversation



Heh.  I like that joke, and I'm fairly sure I would attempt to tell it to the Dalai Lama, even while every rational synapse in my brain was firing with all its might in an effort to get me to shut up.  Kind of like the time I found myself chatting over wine and cheese with a Biblical scholar who had just delivered an original and fascinating lecture about the peculiarities of Aramaic, and I discovered, to my horror, that I was already halfway through a detailed account of how my high school German teacher went to an amusement park...READ MORE

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Kids and Politics

09/13/2012 Comments (60)

On Tuesday, we drove past the community center where the local primary was being held.  My daughter heaved a sigh.  "Well," she said, "I guess I'll stop and vote for Romney on the way home."  Only she pronounced it "Womney," because she is three years old (and, like most three-year-olds, assumes that the adult world is desperate for her vote).

We didn't deliberately teach her anything about the election or politics (and she was pretty disgusted to hear that we won't have a chance to heave a sigh and vote for Womney until November anyway).  But I guess it's just in the air at our house; and, in general, we do believe it's a very good thing for kids to consider voting to be a part of the...READ MORE

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This Isn't Who I Really Am!

09/11/2012 Comments (58)

Many's the time I've told my husband, "You don't even know who I really am!  All you know is how I am when I'm pregnant, or postpartum, or pregnant and postpartum, or hypothyroid, or how I am when I've gone six years without sleeping.  You don't understand!" I will say, as he watches me melt down under stress and exhaustion.  "I'm not really like this!"

This may have been true, for a while.  But we've been living this life long enough that I really have to face facts:  this is my life. 

I'm not complaining, mind you.  I have a good life.  But it is crazy, and it makes me crazy.  The way I respond to the craziness of my life?  That's who I am.  This is my life, and this is me, living...READ MORE

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Eight Lovely Things

09/07/2012 Comments (13)

Bad week, everybody?  There, there.  Here is your favorite blanket, and while the tea water is heating up, here are eight lovely things:

A lovely  hummingbird, fast asleep in a pot:  



A lovely murmuration of starlings:  



A lovely man playing a homemade cucumber trumpet:  



A lovely way to waste time (via Thomas McDonald, who I'm pretty sure stole it from me in some way)


A lovely setting, sung by lovely Russians, of "By the Waters of Babylon" via Elizabeth Scalia:



A lovely compensation for the dying of the summer:  pomegranates are almost in season!  I may not even buy any this year -- I just enjoy knowing that, all over...READ MORE

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It's Time To Put the Fun Back in Fundraising

09/06/2012 Comments (44)

Poor Obama.   Poor, poor Obama.  Now that Romney is out-fundraising him hand over fist, these struggles to find money must be giving him flashbacks of those bad old days when he and Michelle had to face the cold, hard world with nothing to their name but their own home, three incomes, no kids, and a matched set of ivy league educations.  Brrr.  They're probably stocking up on cases of Maruchan Ramen, just out of force of habit.

But seriously, it's no fun to be broke.  It's no fun to have to scramble after money.  And so, out of the goodness of my heart, I have a few suggestions for Team Obama -- just a short list of ideas to help them make money and rediscover fun.  Never mind the...READ MORE

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The Grip of Ritual

09/05/2012 Comments (108)

Whether or not the recently deceased Cardinal Martini was mistranslated in his instantly infamous final interview, these words of his, especially, struck me as sad and thin:

Our culture has aged, our churches are big and empty and ... our rituals and our cassocks are pompous.

How can someone who has worn holy vestments say this?  How can someone whose hands have held the living body of Our Lord say this?

I suppose I'm lucky that this sort of thing still shocks me. I am immensely grateful that the priests in my parish and surrounding area are faithful.  We never have to give those damage control sermons on the way home from church:  "Now, kids, I know Father Spazz said...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.