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...]

I’ll be speaking in Manchester, NH in a few weeks

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... at the Mom's Night Out at Ste. Marie Parish Campus on Carter St., on Friday, September 26, 7:00 – 9:00 pmMore about the event here, and you can register online here. Hope to see you there! … [Read more...]

I’ll be on Radio Maria’s “From the Rooftops” Wednesday morning

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 Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers was tons of fun to talk to last time, when we discussed NFP and my book. Tomorrow at 11 Eastern, we'll be discussing various issues that crop up in marriage and family life. Okay, fine, I don't actually know what we'll be talking about! Not vaccines, though!You can listen online here.  Hope you can tune in! … [Read more...]


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