A collage of images from pop culture made up my earliest understanding of St. Mary – pictures picked up in the childish ways we begin to learn anything. There was the illustrated Mary in my Golden Book. There was the pink-robed Mary in the tiny children’s nativity my mom ordered from Avon. The image that… Continue reading Book Review: Pitre’s ‘Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary’
Courage to Speak the Truth About Sexuality and Gender
“Hey, remember that new karaoke place I was telling you about?” my younger sister asked. “Well, listen to this event they just shared.” She then read a social media advertisement aloud. Using vulgar language, the ad described a weekly event celebrating alternative sexualities. The wording made fun of our small town’s old-fashioned values, and it… Continue reading Courage to Speak the Truth About Sexuality and Gender
What are Men and Women for?
I've been working my way through J. Budziszewski's On the Meaning of Sex over the last couple weeks in preparation for an article I'm planning to write. So far, it's packed with pithy phrases and too many quotable lines -- the struggle to not annoy my Facebook friends with too much information is real sometimes.… Continue reading What are Men and Women for?
Redefining Old Maid
"Eww! You're the Old Maid." The cacophony of childish voices would shriek and dissolve into a babble of laughter. Sometimes my voice was among them as we sat pointing and jeering at the unlucky child holding the only card with no match in the deck. Other times, I was the one left with the card… Continue reading Redefining Old Maid
More Problems with the Pill
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist, recently posted about some problems with the pill, titled "How 'The Pill' Can Harm Your Future Child’s Health." I've heard a lot of cautions against using oral contraceptives, but this concern was new to me. Since the introduction of oral contraceptives in the early 1960′s, use of The Pill, as… Continue reading More Problems with the Pill