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Wow, busy blogging week! Some highlights:
- I did a guest post over at ProBlogger explaining how I keep up with two blogs.
- Over here I had fantastic guest posts in the Our Father series by Marcel Lejeune (“Father”), Mrs. Darwin (“Who”) and Brandon Vogt (“Art”).
- And I’m still catching up on reading responses from two posts of mine that got strong reactions: my guide to atheists at the National Catholic Register and my thoughts on diapers and a life of service over here, each of which got 100+ comments on the same day.
Whew! I think I’ll need to step away from my computer this weekend to take a break.
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For whatever reason, my husband and some of his friends have become cricket fans. (For my American readers, I’m talking about a sport, not the insects.) Anyway, the other night we were watching a cricket match with our six-year-old son via the online feed of an international TV station. We hadn’t considered that different countries have different standards for broadcast advertising, and were quite startled when a commercial break featured an ad for an erotic European chat line. Suddenly our screen was filled with the image of a woman writhing around, holding a phone and wearing nothing but some extremely skimpy lingerie.
We pretty much just frantically banged on the keyboard until the image went away, but my son had seen it and was obviously thinking about it. I was fumbling around for some kind of explanation, but he interrupted and suggested: “Maybe that’s a phone number you can call if you’ve lost your clothes!”
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Matt Swaim’s new book is out! It’s called Prayer in the Digital Age, and I discovered it via the Pulitzer Prize’s prestigious “Best Foreword” award. Or something like that*. Anyway, this is some seriously insightful stuff. If you’re thinking, “Is he just going to tell us to put away our iPhones and pray more?”, the answer is no. Well, I mean, not that he’d be opposed to people praying instead of messing around with gadgets. What I’m trying to say is that the book is packed full of unique insights about how new technology has shaped our relationship to God and one another — for worse and for better — and it offers concrete ideas about what that means for the modern person’s prayer life. Definitely a great read.
* Okay, I wrote the foreword.
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If you want to watch a video that is as inspiring as it is well done, check out this nun’s vocation story from My Soul Proclaims, a site that helps people discern their vocations.
(Don’t miss the powerful story she tells starting at 2:50. I’ll admit it: I cried.)
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I recently got an interesting tip from a reader who must avoid pregnancy due to a serious medical condition and practices Natural Family Planning. For anyone who is in a similar situation — or for those of us who occasionally need to be on FDA Category X drugs and therefore have to be very careful about pregnancy — this is great info. (I removed identifying details for the sake of privacy):
I had [serious medical condition] after my 5th child, and take [Category X medication] daily. My doctor almost wouldn’t prescribe it for me since I refused sterilization and birth control!! We don’t plan on anymore children due to my condition and we use the Creighton model to avoid pregnancy. The people at Creighton recommended a progesterone test at Peak+3 which can verify with 100% certainty (who else can claim that??!!) that I am post-peak. Has been working like a charm for years now and has given us such peace of mind!!
I’d never heard of that progesterone test. Does anyone have any more info about that? Where can you get it? What does it involve? (And if you have no idea what I’m talking about and wonder about this Natural Family Planning stuff is, here’s some basic info.)
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Have I mentioned how great it is having my mother-in-law Yaya live just 10 blocks away? I don’t know who thinks it’s more awesome: her, me, or the kids. Our two-year-old (baby Catherine “Joy”) is especially enamored of the situation. She just loves the cats, the big back yard, and the general level of excitement that comes with being at Yaya’s house. The other day I arrived at the front door to pick the kids up from a visit, and Catherine turned around and ran screaming back into the house as soon as she saw me, as if I were some kind of fun-snatching bogey man. Once we were home, she yelled “back to Yaya house!!” for about thirty minutes. It’s as if she sees the previous two years of living in our home as a well-meaning but ultimately failed experiment, and now she’s ready to take her rightful place among Yaya and the cats.
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Summer has arrived here in Austin! It’s that great time of year when the weather is the type of warm that makes you want to take walks and sit on your porch with a cool drink, not the type of warm we will encounter starting in a few weeks, that makes you want to keep 911 on speed dial and get last rites before heading out to check your mail.
On a serious note, though, the nice weather just reminds me of how much I have to be grateful for, especially in light of what so many are suffering in Japan right now. I join the rest of you in keeping the people impacted by the earthquake/tsunami catastrophe in my thoughts and prayers.
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