From Vagina to Vitae

Regular readers are aware that I once wrote a post entitled Labia's Up; Vagina Gazing Season is Open.It is evidence of my own naivete that I created that title without ever once considering the shock-effect it would have on people using google to search for something very different than a rant about The Vagina Monologues.As I have written, I have loud issues with that insipid play and so my warrior vagina and I have done battle against it, when we were not quasi-sneering at Vagina Health … [Read more...]

"Abortion is a blessing!"

You know, it's so sick, I really didn't want to write about it. I linked to Amy Welborn and figured I'd let you folks find this monstrosity on your own, but I want to make sure you read it.These remarks were made before a NARAL audience, in 2007, but are only just getting some reaction, perhaps because of the current movement to suppress the conscience clause that protects doctors, nurses and pharmacists from losing their jobs, and Catholic hospitals from closing their doors.Or, perhaps … [Read more...]

Advice: In Hard Times, "Give More" – UPDATED

He sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, "Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood." -- … [Read more...]

Podcast late: Almost burned down house!

I wrote here, that I would be recording a podcast of Vespers in 'about an hour.'Well, Vespers will be late. They're coming, just as soon as I write this and my hands stop shaking.Here's the deal: I'm fasting. No eating between meals, only two meals a day, yadda yadda, by the time supper comes around, yer girl is pretty hungry, a little lightheaded and goofy.My husband is having a "guys night out" which I encouraged. Elder Son is distracted. So, I decided I would order out - a pasta … [Read more...]

Sally Quinn: A tribute too far? – UPDATE

Of all the tribute written by journalists about their friend, Tim Russert, a few have been standouts; Jon Meacham's piece in Newsweek was onesuch.In her column, "On Faith" Sally Quinn writes another excellent, heartfelt tribute about the fullness of the man, Tim Russert, and how his faith, joyfully confessed throughout his being, completed that fullness. Russert was, by all accounts, a man who was not defined by his faith; rather he - by the way he lived his life - helped define the faith … [Read more...]

Benedict: The Last 20th Century Man: UPDATED

:::SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATE:::It seems almost silly to say I am bringing coverage of Benedict XVI's extraordinary sojourn in America to a close (actually, my final final thoughts are here) because the truth is I will likely be reading all of his addresses more closely and bringing them up in coming weeks, but the wall-to-wall writing will end here. I do want, though, to end with a thought that blipped through my head when Benedict was in DC, and again as he addressed the United … [Read more...]

Lord, the one you love is sick…

Prayers are being requested for Jeanette's daughter in law, "L" who did not get a good post-radiation report re her non-Hodgkins Lymphoma:She is 33 years old with a soon to be 8 year old daughter and soon to be 10 year old son. She and the children are very close. She finished up 40 radiation treatments a couple of weeks ago and went back today to have a scan of the area radiated.The news was not good. Everything she had before she had the radiation has been killed but new tumors have … [Read more...]

A word from St. Catherine of Siena

"If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire" - St. Catherine of SienaI've told this to my kids all their lives, even before I knew Catherine had said it: If you do the thing you're born to do, you will excel, you will excite, you will change things."But how do you know what you're born to do?" they would ask, "If you do lots of things well, how do you know what you are born to do?"Some of us might not be so blessed, of course, maybe some of us can only do one thing, … [Read more...]

SCA and Dr. Sanity have reads of the day

SCA looks at justice and finds that while just, it is often not a cause for joy. That God himself hushed the celebrating angels in the face of his own justice.When God saw that the Israelites were celebrating and dancing, he rebukes them. Says God, "How dare you dance while my children are dying!" (an erudite reader, Ben David, notes in the comment section that it was the Angels who were rebuked, not the Israelites. If that is indeed the correct version, our point, we believe, is honed even … [Read more...]

Who talked you out of your faith?

I am a little tardy linking to this - I didn't want to lump it into a "round-up" because it is a thoughtful bit of writing that needs to be read and pondered, from Sigmund, Carl and Alfred.Inasmuch as belief in a deity is now fodder for a journalistic inquisition into the beliefs of a potential Supreme Court Justice, there is one point that is rarely acknowledged.We have to be talked out of our belief in God. We believe our instinctive beliefs point to a deity.In other words, belief is God … [Read more...]