The Gift of the Priesthood

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has just put out this wonderful new video: "The Gift of the Priesthood."What I love about this particular video as opposed to similar past efforts meant to drum up interest in the priesthood, is that it captures the dignity of the priestly vocation using the sounds and surrounds of an actual priest-- the music of the Church, images of the Church and its people-- rather than an heroic movie soundtrack with a stylized vision of the priesthood.There are … [Read more...]

The Old New Creation

I had a dream last night that I was trying to get back in touch with an old friend. It's one of those goofy aspects of modern life that we technically ARE in touch in my real waking life, in that we're connected on facebook though we haven't seen each other in years and years, or had a real conversation in almost as long. But I kind of know what's going on with her, because, I "see" her.In my dream though, I was following her around trying to get her to talk to me while she went to work, and … [Read more...]

How to Keep Your Friends Close and Your Enemies Closer

There's a little market in the town where we vacation that's hot and dirty, and there's never anyone at the cash register. They sell wine and lentils, and cold drinks, not much else, and if you ever plan to check out, you have to go hunting in the back kitchen where there are always a few sweaty women wearing tank tops and bandanas making pizzas. It's really good pizza, the kind where the crust is the centerpiece, and the toppings are a bonus.My husband ordered one while we were there, and … [Read more...]

Christmas in July

The four year old has been wearing red and white striped footy pajamas all day long, and now, it's almost bedtime, they're too filthy for sleep, and he wants to take one last stroll outside in the rain before he turns in. He get's his coat out of the closet, and says, "Mom, I need you to zip this. I don't want to go outside looking like this." "Like what?" "Like this!" It should be obvious what the problems is, but I'm flummoxed. Is it the pajamas, the coat-pajama … [Read more...]

A Kindness

I hadn’t been to Adoration in a long time. Since we moved and have to drive long distances to get there, and since I have a lot of kids, I’ve let the habit slip. Last week, my mom had a couple of my kids in town, so I covered her Holy Hour with my two oldest and the baby.I knew the baby would be all over the place, but assumed we’d be the only ones in the Chapel, and it wouldn’t be a problem. I did not expect the problems to arise from my boys, who are old enough to know that it’s inappropr … [Read more...]

Divesting Myself of Fifty Percent of My Belongings

So Betty, How is that plan to give away fifty percent of your belongings going?Well, it's going. I  have given away the equivalent of one kitchen garbage bag per week in items that are not actually garbage. This week so far I have a stack that includes seven issues of Poetry magazine, a children's melody harp without strings, six or seven clothing items, and a bunch of my daughter's shoes that no longer fit (including a pair of Real! Wooden! Shoes! from Holland). My husband would say that … [Read more...]

Lucky Ducks

It's June. I've been on vacation, and my sister has been in town, the kids are all out of school, and I have no idea what's going on in the world. Except for this:I read Simcha Fisher's announcement of an upcoming big announcement last night and went to bed feeling like a loser because I thought for sure she was going to tell us she signed a book contract with FSG or got her life story optioned for a sitcom, and I thought, "I don't know if I can stand to know her good news, because it … [Read more...]