"You will always have this…"

A Puffy-Eye'd Crybaby with Monkey FaceInside Catholic is reposting something I'd forgotten that I'd written, and upon re-reading, I think it's worth recommending to you:I knelt at my seat, thanking and welcoming Jesus, as I'd been taught, and suddenly I was in the grip of something I had never felt before -- an indescribable sweetness, an overwhelming sense of . . . what, exactly? I could not have then articulated the ringing sense, deep within myself, of "holy, holy, holy" like the peal of … [Read more...]

The Art of the Painless Coup

REPOST - Originally posted in October 2005THE ART OF THE PAINLESS COUPPART IPeggy Noonan wrote a piece [October 27, 2005] in the WSJ that made many people unhappy; some found it defeatist, some found it reminiscent of Jimmy Carter's "malaise" speech, some found it downright paranoid and semi-hysterical. I found it to be none of those things. My impression, as one Long Island Irish Catholic Girl reading another, was that Noonan is on to something, but she's not quite there with it. … [Read more...]

Modern Medicine, Ancient Knowledge

MODERN MEDICINE CATCHES UP TO ANCIENT KNOWLEDGE Originally posted June 11, 2005In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the constitution of a mother while pregnant will have lifelong effects upon her child.For example, a mother who is severely depressed or experiencing extreme sadness during her pregnancy may suffer some lung ailments: Sadness effects the energy and tonality of the lungs. Ergo, her child may end up having problems with asthma.Interestingly, Western Medicine is beginning to … [Read more...]

Yes, Every Sperm is Sacred!

Dear Hubby and I are still off looking at pumpkin farms and seeking out some quiet. This is a rather controversial subject that I've decided to put up while I'm not around to hear anyone's screams.Every Sperm is Sacred,Originally posted August 04, 2005, and tidied up a bit, hereGot an interesting email from another blogger, a fairly new Catholic, who is having a little trouble believing something. He writes:...some people on my blog suggested that every ejaculation had to hit the target, … [Read more...]

Shame, Praise, Undercutting Greatness

Reposted from January, 2006I hope we have reached the nadir of Reality TV, now. It's all getting too creepy.em>More than a decade after 16-year-old Amy Fisher had a sexual relationship with a much-older car mechanic and shot his wife in the face, the one-time "Long Island Lolita" and Joey and Mary Jo Buttafuoco have agreed to appear together in a televised reunion.The man has sex with a minor, the minor blows a hole in the man's wife's face, and now they're all going to go on TV and … [Read more...]

At the dinner table, when fasting

So, this is what happens when you are fasting but you still have to cook supper. You find a new recipe for chicken that sounds good and you make it.And the suppertime conversation goes like this:Hubby: What is this?Me: It's a new recipe. It sounded good.Buster: Mom...you're fasting. Everything sounds good to you right now.Me: It's not good?Hubby: Um...no. Not really. It's okay...but...please don't ever make this again. Ever.Buster: I hate to say it, but this kinda … [Read more...]

Burnin' Down the House!

DH and I are having a bit of a quiet away-time. It was just about a year ago, I was almost burning down the house!Reposted from October 2008I 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 … [Read more...]

Playing to the Cameras…

Reality shows are all over the television now. That's partly because we are a nation of voyeurs, partly because reality shows are cheap to produce, and partly because we have raised a generation that is very comfortable spilling everything before a flashing red light. As I am on a mini-getaway with my husband, this piece from 2005 -which is about my then-refusal to do an interview for the BBC- seemed apropos:February 14, 2005 Playing to the cameras; a theory about whyIn response to my … [Read more...]

My Husband: An Appreciation

I wrote this in April of '08 about my husband, but every word is still true. As we take off for a weekend of togetherness, I want to tell you, again, what a wonderful man God has gifted me with, though I do not deserve him:I don't write much about my husband because he's a private fella; now and again I'll relate a period of puzzlement he may express regarding our children or the books that disturb his sleep, or some recipe-gone-wrong. I think once I referred to him as a "swell egg."But … [Read more...]

A prayer for the day…

A reader emailed trying to find this intercessory prayer and I thought I'd repost it, for any interested, since these do seem like days in need of prayer, don't they? It is a prayer of supplication for the good of others, and for ourselves, that I wrote while describing my prayer before the Blessed Sacrament:The prayer was long because where I could, I prayed everyone by name - but even if I could not do that, I still brought it all forward. I felt so ragged and unworthy - like a slave, or … [Read more...]