Happy Mother's Day!

My Mother’s Day gift to all:
your own personal link to Pope Paul VI’s much-jeered-at, barely-read, and quite propheticHumanea Vitea

Neo-neocon writes on the 50th Anniversary of the Pill – it’s a must-read.

Another side of the coin:

We have now had several generations growing up with either missing parents or well-meaning but “barely-there” parents. A lot of what we learn regarding intimacy we learn from Mom and Dad and Grandma. If they’re barely in the picture, from whom will we learn it? The Nursery school teacher? If we have a society with intimacy issues (and I would define it thusly, rather than as loneliness issues), I’d wager it is because we have a society wherein intimacy has been pushed aside for the progressive lifestyle ideas which preclude learning the skill. The folks who are demanding free, government-provided child care are not helping society learn intimacy and interdependancy (even though – to be fair – in their minds, they really ARE; they believe they’re preaching “it takes a village” interdependancy – but that is not intimacy, that’s social duty, and social duty always ends up being humorless, perfunctory and expedient).

A quick “pill” roundup:
Where are the Japanese Children?
The pill kills sex drive in women?
Giving a fair shake to Catholic thought on contraception
Contraception and Economic Collapse
In Praise of Squareness

A very busy weekend, but I have posted a brief podcast – kind of a meandering, stream-of-consciousness thing, which may bore you to tears.

God’s blessings upon all moms, and upon their children. Abundant blessings.

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  • SKAY

    Thank you!

    Wishing you a lovely Mother’s Day also dear Anchoress.

  • Regina

    Bless you. Happy Mothers’ Day to you and to all moms.

  • MJ

    Thank you!

    Wishing you and all mothers a Happy Mother’s Day. Blessings to all.

  • newton

    Thank you. And Happy Mother’s Day to you, too!

    My mom had planned to visit us at this time, but she found out she has cataracts and will have surgery in June. She’s 76 years old and still full of life. My hope is that she can pull through the surgery and recovery and that she can visit her granddaughters here.

  • newton

    I also meant to show you something you might find very interesting: a relatively new branch of science called “microchimerism”.

    I want to give you this article from Scientific American. Studies have been conducted that seem to point a strong connection between the cells a fetus leaves behind in the uterus and placenta to the mom’s health many years later.

    The implications to women’s health are, if I might care to say it, HUGE.

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  • http://www.allhands-ondeck.blogspot.com/ Mr. H

    Some pertinent links that may be of interest:

    Reflections on Humanae Vitae:

    Natural Family Planning resources and links:

    Benefits of Natural Family Planning:

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  • http://jscafenette.com/ Manny

    Happy Mother’s Day to you Anchoress and to all the mothers who stop by. Mothers are what holds society together.

    As to contraception, I’m sorry this is one issue I disagree with my Church. Unplanned pregnacies only encourage abortion, and the exchange of physical love between a husband and wife reinforces marriage bonds. A married couple with a healthy sexual life are far less likely to divorce. We now know (I guess within the last hundred years, if one would consider that “now”) that no child is created until a sperm and an egg merge, and that is the point of God’s creation of the human. Sperm and egg by themselves are nothing.

    I am absolutely against abortion, and that Japanese piece is so startling. If you want to prevent these abortions, allow birth control.

  • Bender’s Cheerleader

    Here’s my Mother’s Day opinion, mother that I am…a happily married couple will accept with gratitude all the children that God sees fit to give them. This doesn’t mean that a couple must shoot for a pregnancy every month; it is, in fact, acceptable to abstain, in love, for a certain period of time each month to avoid pregnancy. If a couple can’t agree to abstain, then there’s problem.

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again now – it’s hard to believe that so many conceptions even occur, considering the things that need to come together for success. It can only be described as a miracle.

    I think the biggest issue here is the concept of unplanned pregnancy. Again, happy couples accept the children that they are blessed to conceive. Seeing as how marriage is the vehicle for procreation, I think that every couple necessarily needs to be open to the possibility of children, from the moment they say “I do.” Marriage isn’t just for hot sex without consequence or restraint.

    I don’t personally know any couples who ever considered divorce because they were having too many pregnancies. And if both of a couple are decent people, then their marital sex life is not hindered by children or pregnancy. You can take my word for that.

    There are simply no consequences to unmarried sex – that isn’t even debatable. And that’s one of the bigger problems with readily available contraception – anyone can get it for any reason.

    Having worked for Planned Parenthood in a previous life, I can assure you that women who don’t want to get pregnant will find a way not to get pregnant.

    Well, I’m rambling.

    Happy Mother’s Day from me, too.

  • brooklyn

    Happy Mother’s Day !

    Best wishes to all…

  • California Girl

    They are blogging about the 50th anniversary of the Pill over at the Ruth Institute website, also.


    (The Ruth Institute promotes lifelong married love to college students by creating an intellectual and social climate favorable to marriage. It is named after the Ruth of the Bible.)