The Surprising Evidence that Gender Matters, and What to Do About It

When future generations reflect on the fall of the American republic, they'll no doubt get a chuckle over our obsession with having every aspect of our lives carefully legislated, to the point that our proto-emperors have now taken it upon themselves to dictate where and how their millions of citizens might relieve themselves.Keep in mind we already have laws concerning toilet problems.  Whether you are worried about hygiene, or sound plumbing, or commodes-per-occupant, or sewage treatment, … [Read more...]

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The Beautiful Magazine for Sane Women – It’s Out!!!

I am so stinking proud of Elizabeth Scalia for launching Aleteia's new magazine For Her.  I worked for Elizabeth during her tenure here at Patheos and she was a superlative editor -- smart, insightful, hardworking, compassionate, and loads of fun.  But wow, I had no idea she was about to go do something this fabulously amazingly awesomely cool.It's a dream-come-true quality magazine launch: Finally we've got a real women's magazine with the fashion spreads and the beautiful stuff, only with a … [Read more...]

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The Rosary and a Rule of Life When You Haven’t Got Time

Happy All Saints Day!  I'll be staying home with a cold, thank you.   Which is why we want to talk about the super-novena that begins today and finishes up for Christmas.Here's the story: I stink at praying.  I used to be okay at it, but real life kicked me in the rear, and I'm not one of those people who takes every trial as an opportunity to watch less TV so they can pray even more.If, to take last night's example, my throat is painful to the point of distraction, this does not make me … [Read more...]

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How to Teach Kids about the “Straw Man” Fallacy

Point them to the internet.In class this morning, the kids got their formal introduction to Mr. Straw.  We're working through The Fallacy Detective, and the way we do most chapters is that the kids read the text at home, we discuss the definition of the fallacy, and then the kids each contribute an example they've either invented or endured.  We do assorted exercises to practice identifying the various fallacies we've studied and to distinguish them from legitimate arguments.Because of th … [Read more...]

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3 Things to Do with Your Brain While Praying the Rosary

I recently got a question about praying the Rosary that went something like this: If you pray the Rosary all the time, doesn't it just become this kind of robot-thing, like doing the dishes or something? It certainly can.  I'm very bad at praying, period, so my chief danger is not that I'll pray the Rosary (or anything) badly, but that I won't pray it at all.  But sometimes I do manage to get my act together and behave like a Christian for a couple minutes, and in those instances, I've found s … [Read more...]

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Joy Carries a Crowbar #SCFlood

Friday morning we're back at the parish, and this time the place is lively.  A couple dozen teenagers and not a few grown-ups have turned out for the looming clean-up.  This is for the elderly couple whose home was flooded Sunday; we've been waiting all week to be able to get in there and clean everything out.  Debbie gives us a briefing: Expect it to be nasty, do not throw anything away until the owners have given thumbs-up or thumbs-down, and keep those masks and gloves on.The street is cr … [Read more...]

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Dear Every Priest I’ve Ever Known,

Thank you for keeping your clothes on.  One can only take the St. Francis thing so far.Sincerely,Everyone You've Ever Known.St. Francis Facepalm by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (known as Guercino or Il Guercino),  [Public Domain] courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. … [Read more...]

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