I am an at-home mother of six children, four of whom are now adults. I've been married for 31 years and my children range from 15 to 27. This blog is about faith, family, and life, with occasional rants about politics and other hot-button issues for me. I am Catholic and by that I mean I believe in faithfulness to the Magisterium.
Reflections on life, faith, family and the times we live in
... by a mom at home raising kids.
Color and italics are mine.
The most needed reform is that benefits should be based on both kinds of
contributions, not just financial contributions. Phillip Longman is one of the
few commentators to address the fertility problem of Social Security reform. In
The Empty Cradle: How Falling Birthrates Threaten World Prosperity and What to
do about it, he proposes to link a couple's benefits not
only to the income of the primary earning, but to the number of children they
Today, it is considered politically incorrect to mention the obvious
contribution of motherhood. Feminism taught us to believe that motherhood is for
ninnies, and that no self-respecting educated woman should be caught dead
changing diapers. Public policies to encourage women to have more children are
considered unacceptable infringements on women's freedom.
Feminism also taught men to keep their mouths shut about women's choices. Men have no opinions that women are bound to respect. Once a woman chooses something, all men are required to bow down three times in adoration of the goddess of Self-Determination.
Well, I am one woman who is ready to say that raising
children is a good and socially constructive thing to do. Having more than
one one or two children can be a lot of fun. And it is
for certain that raising a large family to productive adulthood will use all the
gifts of even the most gifted woman. Having a family is a worthy life endeavor,
deserving the educated woman's most serious consideration.
The Social Security system should recognize this fact, and link
benefits to child-rearing. When Secretary of Treasury Hank Paulson gets specific
about Social Security reform, I encourage him to consider fertility "on the
I'll stick up for him when the screaming starts.
Morse, Ph.D. is the author of Smart Sex: Finding Life-Long Love in a Hook-Up
New document on priestly formation
It can be
found on the USCCB website. Here
excerpts from the 98 page
document - on, for errm, obvious reasons on
candidate must be prepared to accept wholeheartedly
the Church’s teaching on
sexuality in its entirety,.....
Wait till you read the rest, if you haven't already. I can't imagine what it must be like to harbor such hostility toward caretaking. This woman is actually talking about her own mother-- how much she doesn't want to take care of her. She has a suicide pact with some friends to make sure her own life will be taken should she herself ever be incapacitated.
When human life, in all states of independence or dependence, is no longer considered sacred all manner of lies can enter the psyche, it seems. When we place ourselves in the position of God all of the ugliness of the world, the flesh, and the devil is let loose. This just reeks of the father of lies, doesn't it?
How silly, how selfish, we become when, all puffed up, we start to think we actually understand all that is important. Surely this woman is depressed. I'm depressed just thinking about what her world view must be like. May the Lord, in His mercy, open her eyes to the meaning of love, the position of man, and the Lordship of God.
All right!! I think it worked. Thank you, Mary Poppins NOT! and Mimi! I thought that was what I did but maybe I left something out.
Anyway, Daughter Mary is on the left, followed by me, then Jim, my youngest son and last, but not least, Elizabeth who is ten years old today!!
Elizabeth, born two months before I turned 42 is a special blessing in our family. (So is Mary who was born two months after my 40th birthday.) I thought God is so good to have blessed me with two more daughters after turning 40!
Elizabeth is so funny. She has a million dollar smile and we see it a lot. She is feminine but feisty, tough but kind-hearted. Once in a carpool conversation of who was afraid of what, Lizzie shouted, "I'll tell you what I'm afraid of.....nothin'" And I think it's true.
She is a tremendous source of joy to our family. She keeps us laughing with her adorable sense of humor and her creativity.
May God bless her all the days of her life. May all the passion that is in her be directed toward pursuit of the Lord and His will for her life. May she always be His good and faithful servant and may His grace always be upon her. Oh Jesus, may she be filled today and forever with your joy, your peace, and your love. I thank you for the privilege of being her mother.