Is it easier for rich people to have big families?

David Mills is doing a little self-examination at Aleteia with A Marxist Lesson for Breeding Catholics: What is romance to the comfortable can be a burden to the poor and sick. Mills is a good and honest man, and has a knack for prodding our weak spots without excusing himself. I think he's only half right in this essay, though.His main thesis: Most of the Catholics writing about Catholic sexuality are resting comfortably in a place of privilege -- and they should knock it off. For a … [Read more...]

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“Something needs to be done,” Said the Princess

Are we done fretting about princess culture yet? Because I think I've found the final word on what it really means to be a princess. Abzeita Djigma is a real live princess from the Western African country of Burkina Faso.  She is "a direct descendant of the famous warrior and legendary Princess Yennenga," she has a message for us: "Go where people need you." She wants to enlighten the lives of her people -- literally. Read the rest at the Register. … [Read more...]

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Hunger and Help: Are Community Fridges the Answer?

  The community fridge not only feeds the hungry, but helps cut down on waste. In the United States, recent data suggests that as much as "133 billion pounds of food ... [or] 31 percent of the total food supply" is wasted in a typical year, rather than going to feed someone --  a waste which Pope Francis said is "like stealing from the table of the poor and the hungry." But food safety laws prevent communities in the U.S. from setting up community refrigerators like the one in Spain.. A co … [Read more...]

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The day I bought steak with my food stamps

I cried every night, the week before I finally applied for food stamps. I was so ashamed. Food stamps are for losers, people who make stupid, irresponsible choices, people who want to live a life of luxury while other people work hard to pick up the slack. This I knew.We were homeschooling, because the schools in our town were wretched. We were in that town because we were renting a house from my brother-in-law, because we had been evicted from our previous apartment, because the landlord … [Read more...]

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Ten pleasures that Gwyneth Paltrow will never know

2. The invisible, celebratory fireworks that explode in your head when the credit card machine says, "APPROVED." Read the rest at the Register.  Image via Wikimedia Commons … [Read more...]

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Gov’t shutdown means food pantries need help – UPDATED

I know, I know, Big Brother is too big, and it's super fun to crow about what a vast improvement it is when government is shut down -- no more panda cam, boo hoo hoo.But for many people, the shutdown is no joke.  Since our fearless leaders in Washington are covering themselves with glory (and I include both parties.  I'm completely disgusted with every last one of them), there are plenty of Americans who face genuine hardship.The WIC program will run out of federal funding in a few days, … [Read more...]

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