Dealing with Busybodies: Some Practical Tips

02/03/2015 Comments (19)

Some time ago, I shared some practical tips for how to make a difficult decision. While it can be a huge relief to make the initial choice, we sometimes still have to face another hurdle: defending or explaining ourselves to people who feel entitled to an opinion about our lives.

How difficult this is depends on your personality. Some people can just shake it off when other people question or disapprove of our choices. But it's not necessarily a personality flaw to care what other people think, or to be disturbed when we're challenged, or to wonder how to navigate an interrogation without either losing our dignity or the friendship of the people who insist on knowing more. For a sociable...READ MORE

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RIP Charles Townes, Brilliant Physicist, Man of Faith

01/29/2015 Comments (14)

Yesterday, Nobel Prize winner Charles Townes died at the age of 99. He invented the laser and discovered the black hole at the center of the galaxy, and spent many decades on the vanguard of scientific inquiry.

He also seems to have been a tremendously approachable and genial man, and was very open about his Christian faith -- and about the natural cooperation between faith and reason, religion and science. In a 2005 interview with National Public Radio, he said: 

Consider what religion is. Religion is an attempt to understand the purpose and meaning of our universe. What is science? It's an attempt to understand how our universe works. Well, if there's a purpose and meaning, that must...READ MORE

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Badawi Flogging Case, and Prof. George's Bargain, Reminds Us of Our Obligations

01/27/2015 Comments (5)

A Catholic professor, along with six other members of a politically and religiously disparate group, have each offered to endure 100 lashes on behalf of a Muslim blogger, who was sentenced by the Saudi government to be flogged a thousand times for "insulting Islam through electronic channels" and "going beyond the realm of obedience."

The blogger, Raif Badawi, received the first set of fifty lashes in early January, but the rest of his sentence has been postponed  and is under review by the Saudi supreme court because he was deemed not sufficiently healed enough to continue the flogging. International observers suspect that the postponement of the sentence has less to do with concern over...READ MORE

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March for Life, In Person or In Spirit

01/22/2015 Comments (2)

Today is the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the supreme court decision which ruled that a woman's constitutional right to privacy includes her right to have an abortion. The annual March for Life in D.C. is underway, where the estimated half-million marchers will no doubt magically diminish into "thousands" on the evening news. 

As massive as the crowds of pro-lifers are, there are even more of us at home, commemorating this dreadful anniversary in various ways.

The USCCB has called for a day of fasting and abstinence from meat today, and has laid out a nine-day schedule of prayers and suggestions for acts of reparation. Today, which is day six, the focus is on "each person suffering...READ MORE

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Raising Safe, Independent Kids

01/20/2015 Comments (23)

A few people have asked my opinion about the Maryland parents whose kids, age 10 and 6, were allowed to walk home nearly a mile without an adult. According to the Washington Post

On Dec. 20, [the child's father] Alexander [Meitiv] agreed to let the children, Rafi and Dvora, walk from Woodside Park to their home, a mile south, in an area the family says the children know well.

The children made it about halfway.

Police picked up the children near the Discovery building, the family said, after someone reported seeing them.

The family is now under investigation by Child Protective Services. Both parents say that they thought carefully about whether their children were prepared for this...READ MORE

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The Fishers' Shmedifying Guide to Van Maintenance

01/15/2015 Comments (32)

A few years ago, my kids were very excited about getting ice cream at Friendly's. They were so excited that they weren't careful about how they opened the door to the van, and wham! It whacked the car next to us in the parking lot, leaving a small mark.

Being decent people, we immediately got out, apologized to the car owner, and offered her our insurance information. She, being an absolute lunatic, got hysterical, called the police, and reported us to child protective services because our kids were out of control.

It turned out that she was not just an overprotective car owner, but a certifiable crazy person; and since the insurance claim went nowhere, CPS refused to investigate, and the...READ MORE

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Obedience Gives Us Jesus

01/13/2015 Comments (7)

Why did Jesus submit Himself to be baptized by John? He clearly didn't need to have original sin taken away, like the rest of us; so we often hear that His baptism was meant as an example for the rest of us, to show us what to do. I have also heard that Jesus' sacred body actually sanctified the water, so that it could become capable of conferring sanctifying grace. In no explanation do we hear that it was a necessary act, or absolutely mandatory, for Jesus to be baptized.

Generally, if the story strikes us as odd, we wonder why Jesus went into the water. But this time, I was thinking about why He came out -- about what happened when He broke the surface and could breathe again.

It was...READ MORE

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The Abortion Lie that Just Won't Die

01/08/2015 Comments (21)

Abortion advocates will always have one major weapon on its side: our eagerness to accept lies.

We accept the lie that women want abortion while men want to deny them access. In fact, men are more likely than women to favor abortion on demand.  

We accept the lie that unborn babies, who jump and dance away from a playful, prodding finger, somehow can't feel a scalpel in their flesh until the law says they can.  

We accept the lies that abortion is good for women, that it is generally safe, that it frees women, that it's necessary in order for women to have full liberty and self determination.The truth is, some women have abortions and continue to be happy. What does this prove? It proves...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.