Inside Our Homeschool – What We’re Doing This Year

What I've been doing instead of blogging lately is getting ready for school -- organizing the house, buying books, writing up the calendar.  No, this is not one of those posts where I explain that this is the very best method and your children will rot if they do something else.--> FYI If you're also posting your non-hubris-laden plans and I don't regularly read your blog (or I fail to read it this one time), you can tweet it to me @JenFitz_Reads.If you don't want to read about every … [Read more...]

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Parenting Fail: Telling the World You Wish Your Kid Were Dead

I do not understand why the courts tolerate "accidental life" lawsuits.  What a waste of time and money.  The parents wish their child were dead. If that doesn't shout "Terminate my parental rights!" I don't know what does.  Place the child in the custody of parents who want a child, done.Anything else is nonsense.Meanwhile, if we need a scheme to employ lawyers, why don't we make it a crime to profiteer off the desire to kill your relations?Stainglass Facepalms courtesy Tim Gr … [Read more...]

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Resources for Small Groups: Life After Sunday

I've written before about the importance of discipleship and the ease with which you can start a small discipleship group.  (No, really! It's easy! Do it!)  Today Sherry Weddell writes:Life After Sunday is a beautifully written, very inexpensive, highly flexible adult small group process that fosters encounter and discipleship and is downloaded directly off Lumen's website. Inspired by Communion and Liberation. I know the authors! Take a look. There are 26 different topic modules which can b … [Read more...]

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Good Cause: Help a Catholic Lotsa Mom Through Chemotherapy

My friend Laura Roberts is hosting a fundraiser for our mutual friend Natalie, who's going through treatment for breast cancer just now.  She writes: Natalie has just started months of chemotherapy. Wednesday, July 29th was her first day of the next step in this long journey. Please consider donating to help offset some of her family's expenses. While I'd love to see even more, if we hit a thousand dollars, I plan to dye my hair pink and if we hit $2500, I will shave my head (and post pics!)! … [Read more...]

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The Perilous Trail Through the Culture of Death and Deception

The Catholic faith is difficult to believe.Oh sure, we can give assent to the parts that come naturally to us.  We each have our natural gifts in that area -- some of us glom onto theology, others to kindness and generosity, others to asceticism.    Add to that a bit of struggle, a bit of overcoming, and we arrive at the riskiest moment: The moment when we think ourselves Catholic.Think of it like climbing a mountain.  If you go hard enough for long enough, you can reach a summit of sor … [Read more...]

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Three Bad Arguments You Should Stop Using Right Now

If there's one thing the latest Planned Parenthood sting videos have brought to light, it's just how terrible people are at thinking about things.Lest there be any doubt, I am firmly opposed to the chopping up and selling of any person, regardless of age or residence.   And for that reason, we need to talk about some of the nasty fallacies people have been flinging around the internet. 1. The Evil You Are Exposing Did Not Make My Short List There are several variations on this one, but t … [Read more...]

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On Discussing Abortion and Other Horrors With Young Children

A friend posed a question in a private forum, and I'd like to share my response.  The original question was: Innocent question from my 7-year-old after talking to the older kids about what's going on with Planned Parenthood: "Why doesn't the president stop them?" She can't seem to wrap her mind around how this is legal. Some thoughts before we begin:Evil is going to find your children.  It is neither necessary nor desirable to introduce evil to your children, enough of it will come to th … [Read more...]

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