Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Connection between the Sexual Revolution and “MeToo”: An Interview with Mary Eberstadt

From reading her works, I already knew Mary Eberstadt to be intelligent, articulate, and insightful. On May 31, 2018, I discovered that she's humble and approachable as well. 

It was a privilege to sit down and talk with her before the #MeToo Moment Conference: Second Thoughts on the Sexual Revolution in Washington, D.C., that day. You can read my interview with her and excerpts from her paper here:

The Connection between the Sexual Revolution and "MeToo": An Interview with Mary Eberstadt



Mary Eberstadt giving the Opening Remarks at the #MeToo Moment Conference

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Reflections on the Sacred Heart of Jesus





Saints have reflected on the fact that Jesus called Himself the “door” and that his Heart was opened by a lance. He is the door through which we attain union with God, and the door of His Heart has been opened for us in His loving self-sacrifice on the Cross.

             How do we enter that Door? We think we are too large. But Christ is God and truly infinitely greater than we. If we are members of His Body, then we are like His cells. This leads to the question: which cells enter the sacred chambers of His Heart: the blood cells.

            The mission of a blood cell is to bring oxygen to the rest of the cells of the body. Our mission as Christians is not merely to enter the Sacred Heart of Jesus and stay there, basking in His love. He doesn’t call us to a mere me-and-Jesus existence. We are also meant to go on and share that Gospel, that wonderful divine invitation with others. To do this, we must be transformed by the Holy Spirit, the Breath of Life. Just like physical blood cells need to go by the lungs to be oxygenated, we need to get in touch with the Holy Spirit to bring the Breath of Life to the rest of the Body.

            A red blood cell that bypassed the lungs would be pretty useless. It might be very busy circulating all over the Body over and over, but its mission of delivering oxygen (or Life) to the rest of the body would be completely unfulfilled. 
            On the other hand, a red blood cell that spent all its time in the heart or lungs, selfishly grasping direct contact with the Source of Life constantly, would also miss its mission, its reason for being. In fact, it could help form a clot and thus block the mission.

            Thus we need both. We need to come back again and again to the heart and lungs—to Jesus and the Spirit—to be renewed in grace, and we need to go back out again and again and bring that grace to others. It is not our own grace, but God’s; we cannot create grace any more than red blood cells can create oxygen. But He has given us the sublime privilege of helping to deliver His life-giving grace to others.
            There is need to return to the heart and lungs again and again, to renew God’s grace in us in the sacraments (especially the Eucharist) and in prayer, but there is no need to take up residence there. We are still in His Body and part of His Body when we go out and fulfill our mission. He is always with us. Hence it is not a matter of either-or: contemplation or mission; it is both. 
            Spend time with Him again and again in prayer and be strengthened by getting close to Him (spend time in His physical Presence in the Blessed Sacrament). Then go out every day and share that Breath of Life with others.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

MeToo Moment Conference Rethinks Sexual Revolution

I was blessed to attend the #MeToo Moment: Second Thoughts on the Sexual Revolution conference in Washington, D.C., last week. 

I think this conference has the potential to be one of if not the most significant "moments" for American women in the past 50 years.

I'll be writing several articles related to this. Here's the first, for Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly, an overview with links to all the talks of the conference:

#MeToo Moment: Second Thoughts on the Sexual Revolution Conference


#MeToo conference rethinks sexual revolution
Helen Alvaré wrapped up the conference with "A Way Forward"


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Reproductive Respect

Here's another post I wrote for Natural Womanhood. (I should have given notice of this one first as it came earlier--in March). 

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     As a former feminist, I find it particularly ironic (and frustrating) that feminists don't see the gender inequality inherent in chemical contraception. So when International Women’s Day rolled around last  March, I saw it as an opportune time to expose this blind spot in the efforts for gender equity. 
      Click here to read the article.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Natural Womanhood

I'm so grateful to have been invited to write occasionally for Natural Womanhood. This important website is spreading the good news about fertility-awareness-based methods of achieving or avoiding pregnancy. All from a health perspective. 
     This is a much-needed endeavor because the sad fact is the vast majority of people today have little or no knowledge of how bad chemical contraceptives are for women or that there is a range of natural alternatives.
     Here's a link to my latest post there: 
How FABMs Improve Couple Communication in an Age When We Especially Need It

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Al Kresta on the Past, Present, and Future of Catholic Radio

Being asked to interview Al Kresta was a welcome proposal because I'm a big fan of his radio show, Kresta in the Afternoon. But it was also a bit intimidating, because he is such an excellent interviewer himself. 
     Dr. Ray Guarendi--another popular Catholic radio show host--often jokes about competing with Al Kresta for the "Annual Humility Award." If there were such a thing, I think Mr. Kresta could really be a contender. At least, I found him to be intelligent, wise, and dedicated, yet also unassuming and very easy to talk with.
     To read the interview in Catholic World Report, click here.



Thursday, April 12, 2018

Mary Beth Bonacci Is Back!

I was blessed to work at Ignatius Press in-house a year after I graduated from college--indeed there have been and continue to be manifold blessings from working with Ignatius Press. One blessing was meeting Mary Beth; she'd come into the office periodically between trips.
      Mary Beth Bonacci was among the very first national chastity speakers. If you've ever heard any of her presentations, you know why. She makes excellent points and is engaging and hilarious at the same time.
      She had reduced her speaking significantly a decade or so ago, but then I saw on Facebook that she was starting to make herself more available for speaking engagements again. Mary Beth gave a fascinating account on her website about one factor in these decisions: her stalker.
      I thought this was a story that needed broader coverage, so I called her up and interviewed her. You can read the interview here at Catholic World Report.