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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Family Honor – Family-Centered Chastity Education – Q&A and Online Course Info

Three follow-ups re: Family Honor:I had some questions about Family Honor that I'd like to answer for anyone else wondering the same thing. I just got an update on the online course in my inbox, which I share below. Here's a round-up of chastity resources I put together for CatholicMom.com.FYI - I'm not an official spokesperson for the group, I'm just a fangirl.  My opinions are purely my own.First question from a reader: Has anyone done this in their home with just their own … [Read more...]

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Hunting Is Normal. Enjoy Your Tasty Animals.

Time for another cultural update from the backwards southerners, and to get us started let's hear from the guy so southern and backward nobody can stand him: 129. In order to continue providing employment, it is imperative to promote an economy which favours productive diversity and business creativity. For example, there is a great variety of small-scale food production systems which feed the greater part of the world’s peoples, using a modest amount of land and producing less waste, be it in s … [Read more...]

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Your Church Might Be Populated By Humans If . . .

In my reading this past week I was struck by a passage that seemed to sum up the state of the Catholic Church in the United States today.  It's describing a completely different time and place, but if we switch out a few words (noted by italics), we get: Indeed, the effects of doctrinal and liturgical conflict were even more far-reaching than changing religious attitudes and parish membership patterns suggest.  A decade of "enforting themselves," of hearing the horror stories of refugees and the … [Read more...]

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Around These Parts, Every Week is NFP Awareness Week

So I spent NFP Awareness Week cleaning my house.  Not just ordinary cleaning, but epic, Biblically-proportioned it's as if we're trying to get our life in order cleaning.  Not done yet, but one can only make so many decluttering decisions before it's necessary to run away and ride roller coasters all day, which I also did.  There are scripture verses about this.But fear not, we do NFP all year around here.  Technically the bishops do, too, but probably they try not to think about it more than … [Read more...]

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Where Are You Going, Catholic Church?

Patheos is hosting a symposium on "The Future of Faith in America" and you can read the Catholic highlights at Elizabeth Scalia's place.  I don't do predictions, but I do like strategy, so let's talk about that. We Have Everything Going For Us If we want it, the Catholic faith could be on the verge of a renewal to knock the socks off all the other renewals.  In our favor:Being Catholic today is weird and countercultural.  It's not something you do out of habit or convention. Young Cat … [Read more...]

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In Which We Compare the Cross to an Orange

Or a coconut?  Pineapple, I think.  Yeah, pineapple.Good thing I pre-prayed today's Gospel, because I was getting nothing at all when I went back at it this morning.  Conveniently I had already come up with just what I needed to hear.  The introduction, which just happened to match this morning's state of mind:Take my yoke upon you . . . and you will find rest. Lord, I am willing to suffer anything for You. I offer up all my sorrows, all my frustrations; I will take on whatever burden Yo … [Read more...]

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