An especially great collection of links from my late night, one-handed nursing/web surfing sessions.
- Our exile here is short: David posts an absolutely stunning essay that one of his Courage brothers wrote as he sat with his dying mother. It’s one of the most inspiring, touching things I’ve read in a long time. (via Catholic Pillow Fight)
- The last spot in the parking lot: Yet another beautiful post from Kristen, where her daughter reminds us that God always has our best interest in mind, even when he doesn’t give us what we want.
- What are the people at this parish worshipping?: Fr. Malloy has some fascinating thoughts on the book Gays and Grays: The Story of the Inclusion of the Gay Community at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Parish. And, boy, if you guys thought I was uptight about the Sign of Peace at my church, imagine me going to Most Holy Redeemer! (whose sign of peace rituals are mentioned here). (via The Deacon’s Bench)
- The duties of a homemaker: Mrs. Alexandra has a fascinating post with her thoughts after coming across a housekeeping book from 1919. SO many interesting points to ponder here. A couple that stood out to me: 1) the fact that our modern term “stay-at-home mom” reduces a mother’s role to childcare only, whereas the old term “homemaker” implies a wider scope of duties and more accurately conveys the woman’s role in turning a house into a home; 2) the concept that we American’s seem to have lost that you don’t have to be super busy all the time, e.g. if you only have one or two older children or some other circumstance that leaves your days not completely full, take some time to relax. Excellent.
- Irreconcilable differences: The Curt Jester has an excellent article about the impact that our culture’s belief that love is an emotion, not an action, has on marriage. (Gerald also links to the USCCB site that reminds people that the Catholic Church does not expect anyone to stay in an abusive marriage.)
- Who said it: the Pope or the Dalai Lama?: I bet a lot of people would be very surprised to hear some of these quotes from the Dalai Lama.
- NFP without breastfeeding: Genevieve has a really thought-provoking post about Sheila Kippley’s suggestion that perhaps 1940’s-era women (who lived before very accurate fertility awareness techniques were widely known) were especially overwhelmed by having large families because almost nobody breastfed, putting women in the unnatural situation of having many very closely-spaced children. Certainly there were other, much larger factors at play with the next generation’s lack of interest in having many children, but it’s good food for thought. What do you think?
- Start keeping a “did-do” list: I thought this was a good little motivational idea.
- Were Michael Vick’s actions any worse than hunting?: Wit or Wisdom makes some great points about what happens when society where there’s no moral compass to point to true north, where moral relativism is the only guiding light. (via Sheila Liaugminas)
- Wet-nurses are making a comeback: I read this in the midst of continued breastfeeding agony (now with mastitis and 102 degree fevers!), and had a vague thought that went something like, “Handing your baby off to a wet-nurse? That’s terrible!…I wonder if there are any in my area.” (via Realist Mommy)
- A secret stigmata: I loved RNW’s thoughts on how to cope with one of the most difficult spiritual challenges many Christians face: practicing forgiveness and charity to someone who has wronged you deeply but is unrepentant.
- Deja vu Mommy: Kristine Franklin is asking people to get the word out about her wonderful new blog, Deja vu Mommy, in which she chronicles her and her husband’s quest to adopt a child in middle age. Here’s her first post that tells a little bit about their story. (Her other blog is here.)
Have a great rest-of-the-weekend!
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