Immediate Book Meme

Hosted at Darwin Catholic  "There are plenty of memes that want to know all about your book history and your all-time greats and your grand ambitions, but let's focus on something more revealing: the books you're actually reading now, or just read, or are about to read. Let's call it The Immediate Book Meme." 1. What book are you reading now?Rose by Martin Cruz Smith 2. What book did you just finish?I'd revise this question to say "What's the last book you … [Read more...]

A Kind of Catechesis

VIII.I tremble with gratitudefor my children and their childrenwho take pleasure in one another. At our dinners together, the deadenter and pass among usin living love and in memory And so the young are taught.--Wendell Berry    … [Read more...]

Kicking Catechesis Out of the Classroom

Joanne K McPortland has started a conversation on Catechesis. In her post: What's Really Wrong With Catholic Religious Education? Everything. she fleshes out why parents, not children, should be the focus of religious education. "Catechesis follows evangelization," she writes, "and it has just never worked to catechize children and expect them to evangelize their parents." It's a great post, and should be read in entirety. She hits many key points.The Crescat, however, observes that parents … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’s Consistent and Boldly Proclaimed Pro-life Message.

News has circulated this week about Pope Francis baptizing 32 infants in Rome. During his homily, he told the infants' mothers to go ahead and feed the babies if they're hungry. Breastfeed them in Church, in the Sistine Chapel even. It was also noted that he baptized the baby of a couple who were in an irregular marriage.Why is any of this news? Why does it matter? Because the Pope has declared anything goes and he really wants to relax the standards at the Vatican?No.It matters … [Read more...]

Must Get This Album: Mavis Staples

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Oriental Duck Soup

One of my dumb ambitions for Thanksgiving was to cook Turducken. I bought turkey and duck, let them both thaw, then decided the night before that turkey was enough, and the duck was a bad idea. So after we ate all the Thanksgiving leftovers, I recalled that I had a duck to cook, stat. I roasted it for dinner Sunday night according to the package directions, which made about four servings and was neither here nor there taste wise.The next day, I boiled the carcass with onions and celery to … [Read more...]

Writing About Miscarriage

Ariel Levy writes a breath-taking account of having had a miscarriage while on a writing assignment in Mongolia. (Personal History, Thanksgiving in Mongolia): "I could not keep the story of what had happened in Mongolia inside my mouth. I went to buy clothes that would fit my big body but that didn’t have bands of stretchy maternity elastic to accommodate a baby who wasn’t there. I heard myself tell a horrified saleswoman, “I don’t know what size I am, because I just had a baby. He died, but the … [Read more...]