Like an (Actual) Virgin

I love Sister Cristina. The clip of her reducing J-Ax to tears on The Voice is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. That being said, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this: I wanted to like it really, really badly. When I saw the post from Deacon Greg, I was [Read More...]

This is Everything

It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but the Toast has already provided me with the #1 reason I’m grateful for the internet this year. Seriously, THIS. I love you = we are both on the Internet, and we agree about something shut it all down = I’m going to stay right here and not leave the [Read More...]

Tank vs. the Chore Chart

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Dallas Nurse with Ebola is a Devoted Catholic

I meant to post this yesterday but didn’t have a chance. The first nurse to contract Ebola in the US is a TCU graduate, whose family attends Our Lady of Fatima in Ft. Worth. She went to Nolan High School, which was in the same district as my high school. Tony Rossi wrote more about [Read More...]

Where Duty Turns to Blessing

Elizabeth Duffy writes the best thing I’ve read in a long time — also the thing I most needed to hear, today and every day. My friend Karen noted that if the Synod does lead to a change in the Church’s approach to divorced and remarried Catholics, expediting the annulment process and their return to [Read More...]

#Synod14 — See How They Hate Each Other!

There has been lots of thoughtful commentary about the Relatio. Sadly, it’s mostly been drowned out by this: and this It seems to me that many on both sides have quickly forgotten the substance of the Relatio (not to mention its context) in favor of finding the best ways to dismiss the other — at [Read More...]

Suffer the Sinners: On Gradualism

Gradualism is the new hotness at the Synod, according to John L. Allen, Jr., who reports that gradualism, “which not so long ago seemed on the verge of being stricken from the official lexicon, is back with a vengeance.” Predictably, hysteria has ensued and the blogosphere has once again lost its ever-loving mind. From equating [Read More...]

It’s My Blog and I’ll Panic if I Want To

If I had a penny for every time someone asked me to stop blogging about something, I would be able to build a life-sized replica of the Statue of Liberty out of them. That may be a slight exaggeration, but it’s really only a slight one. The amount that people either ask or order bloggers [Read More...]

#Synod14 — The Entmoot

The Extraordinary Synod on the Family is in full swing this week, and in my imagination, this is what’s going down behind Vatican walls: The Patheosi have been busy little hobbits over the summer, writing all kinds of pieces in anticipation of the Synod. I stuck with the subjects I know something about, since narrative, [Read More...]

Making the Virtual Real

My mom is visiting this week (yay!!!!) so I don’t have much time for thoughtful blogging, but the Ogre showed this to me this morning and I’m both disturbed and intrigued by it. I can’t see this helping much with that whole “kids getting sucked into video games and not eating or sleeping” thing. But [Read More...]

Today’s Writing Lesson, Courtesy of Ebola

The cover of this week’s Dallas Weekly magazine quite simply overflows with irony. Irony, according to the OED, is “a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what was or might be expected; an outcome cruelly, humorously, or strangely at odds with assumptions or expectations.” Dallas Weekly’s cover has some comic [Read More...]

The Child’s Cry Out of a Nightmare

  Last night I wanted to read the Psalms before bed, but when my Bible fell open in Jeremiah, I started reading. I don’t know why I did that; I knew better. My subconscious must have absorbed the way I’ve been reading the news for the past few days and programmed itself to follow the [Read More...]

Pig Steals Beer, Gets Drunk, Starts Fight with Cow

At a campground in Western Australia over the weekend, a feral pig guzzled down 18 beers that had been left out improperly secured. And just like anyone 18 beers in at a rural dive bar, the pig got big-headed and decided to start a fight with a cow, resulting in the cow chasing the pig [Read More...]

Ebola Anxiety

I can’t think of anything to write about because all I can think about is ebola. I know I’m insanely alarmist, and I’m trying really hard not to be. Clearly I am not succeeding. Please don’t fill up my combox with all the science-y reasons about why it’s not going to spread and why I [Read More...]

So You Think I’m a Homemaker?

Six months ago, I bought a big whiteboard to function as a chore chart. On Saturday, I finally put it up. After it was up for 24 hours, I couldn’t handle the big, rectangular blankness of it, so I began designing a chore chart for my wee hellions minions. The first four drafts were based [Read More...]