Quick Takes: Lose/ Lose Situations of the Day

marital arts

1. Buying a $500 blender...  ...in order to eat more kale.  2.Me: "Why are you guys being so mean to Paul? Every time I see him, he's crying." Oldest son: "We're not any meaner than normal, he's just weak today." 3. My daughter received the following flier for a Spring Break sports camp:I knew the public schools were trying to indoctrinate my kids.4.Speaking of yoga and the marital arts, I cannot think of … [Read more...]

Divorce Gets the Goop Treatment

I always sort of liked Gwyneth Paltrow. I find her looks appealing, and a few dumb romantic comedies aside, I enjoyed her corset movies. But the internet can ruin people. When she first started her blog, Goop, I thought, NO! Don't do it! You'll be a plebe like the rest of us! And sure enough, Goop has turned out to be two of the worst things a blog can be: Boring and Preachy.But the latest news from Goop has confounded me. By now you've all seen the sunny photo of Gwyneth and … [Read more...]

I Liked Divergent

My kids are on Spring Break this week. My daughter asked if we could go to the splash park."It's twenty degrees," I answered."Oh good! That means we can only do inside stuff!" she said.So, we've watched a few movies, and I'm not even going to feel bad about it.I took my older kids to see Divergent since they've already read the book, and I felt like I needed to catch up with them and see what they're thinking about.I'm not a big fan of teen lit. I started the Hunger Games … [Read more...]

Entrusting the Little Ones to Saint Joseph

It happens when you hang out with big Catholic families--you start accumulating God-children. With 33 children in the newest generation of my extended family, plus my friends' children, I have been blessed so far to Godmother eight souls.In addition, I've sponsored three Catechumens. I consider them my God-children as well.Here's what I've done to make sure I don't forget to pray for anyone:I've been making a small photo album with a picture of each God-child and their pertinent … [Read more...]

When Will My Work as a Catechist Bear Fruit?

The following letter regarding religious education recently came to the Patheos inbox: Dear Anchoress,I was asked to teach CCD to third graders making their First Reconciliation and First Communion. I am not a teacher. . .but having coached CYO (10-12-year-olds), and also having children (now adults), I agreed.I have been trying since September to “get into it.” I prepare each week, sometimes for over a few hours. There are eleven kids in the class. They mostly show up, [but] if there is … [Read more...]

Don’t Bury Us Alive!– How the Priest Shortage and Parish Closures Affect Religious Education

Our small-ish rural parish recently lost its resident priest. We now have a Parish Life Coordinator (PLC) who is a Sister from a nearby convent, and we share a priest with another nearby parish.Many fear that these measures are just the first step in the ultimate closure of our parish. The Archdiocese asked us to combine as many programs as possible with our sister parish, and to look at further means of cutting expenditures. One of the first things our PLC did** was fire our Director of … [Read more...]

Becoming More Human


With special thanks to Jen at Conversion Diary for recalling this old post from 2009, I'm giving it another run.   Celebrity cellist, Yo-Yo Ma performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra this week. Tickets sold out many months in advance, so sitting at home rather than in concert finery, I’ve been inclined to read the reviews. Raving positive, they can only be, or Indianapolis may never see such a headliner again, but our local classical music reviewer (I’ll … [Read more...]