Tantrum Ergo Sacramentum

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Which hymns would be appropriate for a Mass which culminates a celebration of all things pertaining to family life? Here are a few suggestions, from someone who's spent the last 17 years drowning in rejoicing in Catholic family living:Recalling the importance of preparing oneself for the sacrifice of the Mass: "Seek Ye First Your Shoes and Socks, Then We'll Deal with Your Hair"Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/simcha-fisher/tantrum-ergo-sacramentum#ixzz3DhzYnlnjRead the r … [Read more...]

Hey, who wants to talk about Dr. Deisher and vaccines and autism and fetal cells and statistics? Some more?

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Not me! But other folks do, and ain't other folks what make the world go round? Here are a few good reads for vaccine/austism/fetal cell/Deisher/statistical analysis die hards, following an odd exchange I had with Stacy Trasancos in the comment box of my Monday post, But what if we're not scientists?The folks at Rational Catholic have added an even more in-depth commentary on the statistical analysis in Dr. Deisher's study with Looking a Little Closer at the NumbersJoseph Moore of Yard … [Read more...]

What are you doing for catechism this year?

All right, YOU catechise this, if you're so smart.

For the older kids, in 7th, 8th, 10th, and 11th grades, I give up. Wait, no, that's not what I meant to say out loud. What I meant to say is that we haven't found either EDGE or LifeTeen to be a good match for our family, and every time I try to read something aloud to the kids, or do a pre-packaged curriculum with them, something happens to capsize the whole endeavor.  It's some combination of the kids being in three different schools, and me and my husband working four different jobs, and the … [Read more...]

But what if we’re not scientists?

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When Catholics have a hard time understanding or accepting some point of doctrine, their path is not easy, but it is clear. John XXIII reportedly told a man,  "Accept the teaching you can accept, and pray to accept the ones you can't." We do this because we understand that the magsterium, the teaching authority of the Church, speaks for Christ and deserves our obedience. We don't always like it, and we don't always manage it, but our job is at least to try to accept the doctrine we don't like or … [Read more...]

Yes, your kids can pack their own lunches. BUT . . .

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You really do want to check them before they leave the house.  Not that there is anything wrong with an actually quite balanced and hearty meal consisting of ham, carrots, apple sauce, an apple, yogurt, and ...  bread-and-butter balls. "It's just something I invented," the kindergartner mentions casually.And then we have this meal prepared by the third grader:   who is willing to face the day knowing she has peanuts, two cold … [Read more...]

Sam Rocha sings . . . Augustinian Soul? (an interview with Sam)

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   In contemporary Gospel music, people like Israel Houghton are making amazing music with the best studio and stage musicians around. Consider this: most popular artists in soul music honed their craft in the Black church. Perhaps the question, then, is why do Catholic churches not produce artists of this calibre in any popular medium?Read the rest of my interview with Sam Rocha at the Register.    … [Read more...]

Dr. Deisher, vaccines and autism: three red flags

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 Catholics and vaccines. Oh, this is hard.Can we live with letting our children profit through the deaths of aborted babies? I've had those awkward conversations with our pediatricians. At first, I explained why we were declining the MMR and chickenpox vaccines, because they use cells derived from cell lines from aborted fetuses. Later, we began accepting the vaccines, but registering our desire for ethically-derived alternatives.Why did we make the change? We turned to the … [Read more...]


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