Tax Return Tithing

Tuesday, March 01, 2011 10:08 AM Comments (45)

To those of you well-situated enough that you actually pay taxes, congratulations!  Good job working hard for your money, and sorry about what’s going to happen to you in April.

To those of us, however, who fall into the tax bracket known as “pitiful slobs,” this is the most wonderful time of year.  It’s the time of year when daddies are allowed to buy socks that don’t have holes in them, and frugal moms splurge on extravagant items like car registrations and non-irregular ketchup.  Yes yes, it’s tax return time!

Can o’ worms disclaimers:

1.  Tithing is a fabulous and praiseworthy practice, and something to be striven for, but it is not possible for all families.  Giving generously and...READ MORE

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The Real Rapunzel

Sunday, February 27, 2011 10:00 AM Comments (31)

I’ve lost count of which wave it is, but lately there is yet another backlash against “princess culture”:  moms digging in and fighting back against the pink and sparkly tide that drowns young girls’ imaginations.  The latest book, Cinderella Ate My Daughter, encourages moms to tell their daughters that poofy dresses are impractical, glass slippers give you corns, and the worst possible way you can spend your life is to wait for Prince Charming to come.

I have to agree that the pink wave is rather nauseating at best; and at worst, there is a genuine danger of girls learning the lesson that feminine=pretty, and nothing more.  Older girls, with no other guidance, translate this equation into...READ MORE

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Not like that!

Friday, February 25, 2011 10:00 AM Comments (9)

Oh, son!  We’ve all had bad days, but this guy is having such a bad day:

(Video found at Hot Air)

I don’t know if the—what would the word be?—programmer/choreographer of this performance had any specific type of battle in mind, or if it’s just an illustration of Being Embattled, in general. 

Either way, this clip seems to show a fairly straighforward representation of human struggle.  As an obsessive metaphor-hunter, though, I think I get more out of unintentional representations of the human condition, than I do from a well-crafted literal depiction of the same.

This scene from It’s a Wonderful Life, for instance—a fine example of a literal representation of prayer.  Poor George...READ MORE

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Adoration Isn’t Flattery

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 3:01 AM Comments (23)

When I was younger, I always felt a little cheesy praising God.

I knew that the proper order of prayer is ACTS: adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, supplication. I always felt fluent in the last three, but adoration was tricky. It was hard to shake the feeling that I was buttering God up in preparation for asking for a favor: “Heyyy, Lord, looking good there. Glorious! I mean, really, just omnipotent today! Love the whole endless goodness thing. With the angels, and the loving sacrifice, and so on. Really grade-A work. So! Um, now that I’m here, I was wondering if you could, um, increase vocations, heal my friend’s cancer, and help me move my couch this weekend ... “

Not exactly Psalm...READ MORE

Filed under eucharist, eucharistic adoration, prayer

Why I Love My Ugly Little Liturgy

Monday, February 21, 2011 3:00 AM Comments (336)

I love chant. I love vaulted ceilings. I love stained glass and incense, ancient gestures and profoundly freighted silence. Beauty is more than decoration: It nourishes the soul.

More than that, architectural and liturgical beauty have a higher purpose than to feed the senses: Beauty is one of the few fitting offerings we can make to a God whose sacrifice is already complete. Beauty lifts the mind and the soul; it disposes us to grace, and it aligns our hearts with everything that is good and true. I believe these things with all my heart, and would defend beauty till the end of the world.

On the other hand…

There is a case to be made for spending some time with ugliness. Specifically,...READ MORE

Filed under catholic, catholic church, catholic faith, catholicism, catholicity, catholics, liturgiam authenticam, liturgical abuses, liturgical music, liturgy

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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.