How to Fail as a Blogger

Don’t blog for over a month. I don’t need 10 ways to fail.  Sigh. OK. I am going to try to be a faithful blogger. Frankly I thought of throwing in the keyboard, but the Holy Spirit keeps nudging me.

I might be a lazy/ overworked/ procrastinator, but I am a persistent one!

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Can the Clock Be Turned Back on the Sexual Revolution?

Kathleen Jean Lopex interviews Mary Eberstadt on her latest book Adam and Eve After the Pill . Excerpt:

Lopez:   Given the seminal event the introduction of the contraceptive pill was, and the ubiquitous nature of contraception in American lives, is turning back the clock, as they say, realistic?

Eberstadt:  The vehemence with which people say that the clock can never be turned back on the sexual revolution is pretty ironic.  Just think of all the times you heard that phrase during the debates over the HHS mandate — or the one about not putting the genie back in the bottle, or not ever returning to the 1950s, etc.

All these clichés are shorthand for one word: inevitability.  A lot of people for a lot of reasons want to claim that everything about this revolution is now a permanent fact of life, off-limits for contrarian interpretation.  And what’s really interesting about that embrace of the idea of inevitability is that history has shown time and again that human beings just don’t operate that way.

As Karl Popper showed in The Poverty of Historicism, history is not, in fact, on the side of movements claiming inevitability for themselves.  Just ask the Communists .  .  .  if you can find any.  No social movement gets a special dispensation from history, no matter how badly some people might want it to.  Human beings are not only moral creatures but also rational ones, at least collectively and over time, and the empirical record about the dark side of the sexual revolution will eventually make a dent. As mentioned, I think it already has made one.

Over time, many people do change their minds when faced with empirical evidence that something causes harm.  Anyone who doubts it should try lighting up a cigarette today in New York City.  All the talk in the world about genies and bottles won’t get you out of that ticket.  Read more…

Yes indeed. The real “war on women” has been going on for decades.

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It’s a Mad Mad World

This is just plain nuts (H/T New Advent:

Hunter Spanjer says his name with a certain special hand gesture, but at just three and a half years old, he may have to change it.

“He’s deaf, and his name sign, they say, is a violation of their weapons policy,” explained Hunter’s father, Brian Spanjer.

Grand Island’s “Weapons in Schools” Board Policy 8470 forbids “any instrument…that looks like a weapon,” But a three year-old’s hands?

“Anybody that I have talked to thinks this is absolutely ridiculous. This is not threatening in any way,” said Hunter’s grandmother Janet Logue.

“It’s a symbol. It’s an actual sign, a registered sign, through S.E.E.,” Brian Spanjer said.

S.E.E. stands for Signing Exact English, Hunter’s sign language. Hunter’s name gesture is modified with crossed-fingers to show it is uniquely his own.

“We are working with the parents to come to the best solution we can for the child,” said Jack Sheard, Grand Island Public Schools spokesperson. Continue Reading…

That this happened in conservative Nebraska in a rural area points to the fact that Political Correctness has gone viral.  I am just about speechless.

But I do have a question. Back when I was a progressive Catholic, I did not allow my son to have toy guns. It was futile. He used everything in sight as a pretend gun including his sister’s stuffed animals.

So what happens to a boy at this school who dares to use his hands as pretend pistols? Expulsion?  Sigh.

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Father and Doctor of the Church: St. Augustine

From his Confessions:   

Urged to reflect upon myself, I entered under your guidance the innermost places of my being; but only because you had become my helper was I able to do so. I entered, then, and with the vision of my spirit, such as it was, I saw the incommutable light far above my spiritual ken and transcending my mind: not this common light which every carnal eye can see, nor any light of the same order; but greater, as though this common light were shining much more powerfully, far more brightly, and so extensively as to fill the universe. The light I saw was not the common light at all, but something different, utterly different, from all those things. Nor was it higher than my mind in the sense that oil floats on water or the sky is above the earth; it was exalted because this very light made me, and I was below it because by it I was made. Anyone who knows truth knows this light.
O eternal Truth, true Love, and beloved Eternity, you are my God, and for you I sigh day and night. As I first began to know you, you lifted me up and showed me that, while that which I might see exists indeed, I was not yet capable of seeing it. Your rays beamed intensely on me, beating back my feeble gaze, and I trembled with love and dread. I knew myself to be far away from you in a region of unlikeness, and I seemed to hear your voice from on high: “I am the food of the mature: grow, then, and you shall eat me. You will not change me into yourself like bodily food; but you will be changed into me”. Continue Reading…

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A Time to Count Our Blessings

My favorite deacon and I have a lot to be thankful for, and August is a good reminder.

Dylan, our 1st grandchild was born ten years ago today on the feast of St. Augustine. It seems like yesterday that I was pacing in the lobby of the hospital waiting for his arrival.

Our granddaughter Rosalie will celebrate her birthday tomorrow. Her wonderful Mom, our daughter in law, Aileen celebrated her birthday earlier this month. My Mom celebrated 80 plus years of life on the 23rd.

August 19th marked the 6th anniversary of my favorite deacon’s ordination.

July had a few  Ad Multos Annos too.

My son Sean and his wife Aileen celebrated 15 years of  Holy Matrimony; and my favorite deacon and I celebrated our 39th anniversary. Our Daughter Cathleen celebrated a birthday on the 31st.

Praise God. Life is both wonderful and hard. It is good to remember to praise God always even after I have cried out, “you have got to be kidding me God”.

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Violence is Not the Answer

Well unless you have been hiding in a cave in Afghanistan, I am sure that you have read about Todd Akin’s  lamer than lame comments on why he doesn’t support abortion in the case of rape.

That is what happens when you try to use non moral arguments to support a moral stance. It is a mistake that too many Catholic priests and lay apologist’s make. Statistics can be countered. Likewise with scientific studies.

That is why I love the approach taken by Feminist’s for Life.

“FFL answers the tough questions: We will not trade one form of violence for another.”

They work to end abortion because they are truly pro women.

Amen sisters.

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To Vote or not to Vote, that is the Question.

As someone who identifies as “simply Catholic”, this election year is a real dilemma. On the one hand we have the President who is a cheerleader for abortion, has a disregard for freedom of religion, and has expanded the power of the presidency. The republican ticket is not an intrinsic evil free zone either. Romney’s record on abortion is not encouraging, and he supports torture.

So what is a trying to be a faithful Catholic girl to do? Since Christians are required to participate in the world and work toward the common good, I can’t just pull the covers over my head and sleep in on Election Day.

Mark Shea gets it:

“So I’m still between two stools. I may vote for Romney on the thin proportional argument that Obama’s war on religious liberty is a game changer (since a culture that have moved from mere passive hostility to an active war of legalized destruction of the Church is a much worse culture). But I won’t pretend that the way in which the GOP subverts and undermines Catholic obedience to the Church is not also a dangerous and sinister thing. With enemies, you know where you stand. With pretending friends such as Romney, there is always the danger that conscience will be subverted “for fellowship” (as, for instance. Ryan’s newfound approval for abortion in cases of rape). “

So do I vote none of  the above and write in St. Thomas Moore, or do I hold my nose and vote for the not Obama plastic man?

Talk about rocks and hard places.  Maybe I will just write in Rebecca Hamilton. She is a rare find indeed. She is a faithful Catholic a state, legislator, and, oh my, a Democrat. More like her in both parties please.

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