At the Register: Lessons from the ER

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--One of the greatest functions of the ER is to illustrate for your children why you do not pay for TV at home. Ninety nine channels, 'round and around and around you go.  See, kids? There is nothing on. Nothing. --If you are holding a catheter tube, and I say, "Careful, she is little, but she is strong," then you should listen to me.Read the rest at the Register. … [Read more...]

Faith, reason, depression, and help

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  There's a lot of bad information about depression, suicide, and faith swirling around the internet this week. Here are a few things I know:No, depression and mental illness don't necessarily take away your free will, turning you into a helpless victim who wings straight to Heaven if you commit suicide.No, you can't just pray away the sadness, will yourself to be joyful, or do this one weird trick that will earn you emotional stability and peace.The truth lies, as i … [Read more...]

Give me a dumb kid any day.

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Today, we went for kindergarten screening with my five-year-old (here in the persona of "A Snooty Waitress")  The teacher showed her three sets of dominoes: a group of two, a group of three, and a group of four.  She asked my kid to show her which group had two in it. Kid points to the group of three and the group of four.I, being the greatest mother in the world, didn't say a thing, because this is my kid's moment to shine, and whatever happens, happens. So the … [Read more...]

At the Register: What does the Church teach about suicide?

The modern Church understands that depression and other psychological disturbances that might lead a person to suicide are true illnesses, which can significantly mitigate both a person's understanding and free will. Moreover, even if a person's death seems quick, with no time to repent before the end, we have no way of knowing what happens between their soul and a merciful God, who wants to bring all of His children home to Himself.Read the rest at the Register.  … [Read more...]

“Pop! Out comes the corpse!” or, fun with the Fishers

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Our summer library reading program ended not with a bang, but a howl, then a whimper, then ice cream, and then more howling. It was an unfortunate combination of overtired kids, high expectations, generalized raffle anxiety, and a hideous game which I don't know who thought was a good idea, where you tie balloons to your ankles and run around getting stomped at by bigger, faster kids. I guess there was a bang and a whimper for that part, come to think of it.There were also some bad feelings … [Read more...]

Fearless Clare, Intercede for Iraq

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Today is the feast day of St. Clare, the abbess who faced down the invading Saracens with a fearsome weapon: the Holy Eucharist.While the marauders were scaling the convent walls, Clare, ill as she was, had herself carried out to the gate and there the Sacrament was set up in sight of the enemy. Prostrating herself before it, she prayed aloud: “Does it please Thee, O God, to deliver into the hands of these beasts the defenseless children whom I have nourished with Thy love? I beseech Thee, go … [Read more...]

At the Register: God and the Hungry Belly

[L]et's make a distinction here. Christ and the saints exhort us to deny ourselves, to voluntarily turn away from the lure of physical comforts, to sell all we have to follow Him. He wants us to learn that we have a choice: to give ourselves over to the demands of the flesh, or to master the flesh and try, instead, to satisfy our spiritual hunger and thirst. Christ and the saints did not exhort us to deny others, to prevent other people from enjoying physical comforts. He did not tell us to mak … [Read more...]


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