What great stuff! Twelve of the best things I read this week:
- 101 Quick Meals: If I had created my own list of super simple recipes for last-minute meals, it would have been like, “Open box of Cheerios. Stick hand in. Stuff Cheerios into mouth.” Luckily, nobody asked me to do that, and instead the NY Times has come up with 101 great ideas to share with readers. Most of the “recipes” are less than 30 words long.
- A convert’s thoughts on papal infallibility: Aimee Milburn offers some thoughts on papal infallibility from a convert’s perspective. Great stuff. (via Chez Ouiz)
- Resources for difficult prenatal diagnosis: I discovered BeNotAfraid.net (via Mary Meets Dolly) and was immediately impressed with the wealth of resources it offers for parents facing a troubling prenatal diagnosis. Also, the tons of stories from parents who defied the culture of death and carried their children to term are so inspiring. I’ve bookmarked it to have handy in case I or a loved-one is ever in that situation.
- He has borne our griefs: Jessica had one of those moments we’ve all had, where you read something in the news that leaves you feeling horrified and depressed. She shares some beautiful thoughts on what to do when you feel overwhelmed by all the suffering and the sadness in the world.
- A pro-choice couple keeps their baby: Ronda Kaysen and her husband have been on my mind ever since I read this article. Kaysen offers a candid account of her very unexpected pregnancy and how close she came to having an abortion. Her baby is due any day now, and I often wonder if meeting her new son or daughter will change her heart on abortion. I also wonder if her child will ever read this, and what he or she will think. (via one of my favorite new blogs, The Deacon’s Bench)
- Two weeks at a contemplative abbey: Edith has some fascinating thoughts on what it’s like to live in a monastic community. She points out that seemingly simple gestures like observing silence, chanting, bowing, serving one another, etc. “are not empty practices, but ways of forming different habits in our hearts and minds.”
- My five year plan: I loved Karen Edmisten’s thoughts on balancing planning with being open to God’s will. I must have had this in the back of my mind when I wrote that post on worry.
- What happens when you separate marriage and procreation: Hope points out that contraception has separated the connection of marriage to procreation, and lists some of the crazy things this has led to, including the fact that “even faithful Catholics seem to think that married couples who are having babies are simply making a lifestyle choice.” Read the whole thing, it’s great.
- Saved, by the gentleman in the back: I laughed out loud at this story…and can I hire this man to come with my family every place we go to distract attention from my children’s behavior?
- A sobering look at the real failure rates of the Pill: When you take middle-aged, middle-class married couples out of the picture, the failure rates skyrocket. Looking at the failure rates among the young and the unmarried, it’s hard to believe that there are people who are actually opposed to abstinence education. (via #!/usr/bin/mom)
- “American culture has mostly become one vast infomercial”: A thought-provoking commencement speech by NEA chairman Dana Gioia, where he discusses how real culture has been replaced by vapid entertainment. (via Burke to Kirk)
- Making the Welcome Bag: I feel a little bit closer to Christ every time I read a post from the blog Steppin’ Heavenward, and this post is no exception. Here Renee recounts putting together a “Welcome Bag” for the six- and eight-year-old boys they’re adopting from Ghana (more on that here and here). They already have nine children (six biological, three also adopted from Africa), and are looking forward to having eleven. What an awesome family.
Have a great weekend!