September 24, 2012
Ok, if you have never heard of Simcha Fischer, allow me to introduce you to her.  She's this fabulous Catholic mother of more than a few children who's witty and clear-headed and writes for the National Catholic Register.  I love her.  I want to be her sometimes.  Here's her post, which is fantastic, on how women are THE battlefield.  She's my hero.

One or two of you might have read my post on modesty.  My delightful co-writer and co-founder of this blog, Tess, found this link shortly after I posted that piece, which I found so interesting.  Check out this blog post on being a 'skirt' girl.

The Catholic blog world has been abuzz with this new site that a few bloggers, including Marc from BadCatholic, have put together called  It's a refreshing and witty site all about the problems and evils of contraception.  It's pretty cool.  I likes it.

Hmmm....what else what else?  Oh yeah.  Ever since I was a little girl I've been an avid reader.  In fact, I can't read just ONE book at a time and usually have at least 4 or 5 books on the go.  Don't ask me why I do it.  I can't help it when I come across books I'm interested in and must....start....immediately...

So here's the list I'm into right now.  (Bear in mind that we make a point of keeping The Feminine Gift free of advertisements, so we don't get anything from links to Amazon or any other sites.)

1.  Katrina J. Zeno has written an insightful and informative book called Discovering the Feminine Genius: Every Woman's Journey.  Based on John Paul II's Theology of the Body it's spoken to my heart over and over about the vocation of each and every woman.  Here's just a little teaser...."God wants to reawaken dimensions of your life you've either discarded because you're a wife and mother or disregarded because you're not a wife and mother.  He wants to give your whole self back to you."  

2.  And because I'm slightly freaky about our health and wellness, I picked up a copy of Wheat Belly by William David, MD on the advice of several different people in town.  This book documents the evils of wheat in all it's genetically modified glory and makes a very convincing argument against eating it....ever...again.  So we have accordingly cut out wheat and most sugar from our diet (on a trial basis) for one month.  It's not as hard as I thought it would be, and aside from a few negative side effects like fuzzy thinking and some fatigue, we're none the poorer for it.  We have, however, been enjoying some of the positive features of eating wheat free - like feeling lighter and not "gluggy" after meals, going longer between meals without being hungry and experiencing no indigestion or heartburn.  So I suppose we'll continue on with it.  Avoiding wheat is much more about regulating blood sugar for us, than it is about, say, avoiding gluten because we're allergic to it, as according to Dr. Davis, "Eating two slices of whole wheat bread can increase blood sugar more than 2 tablespoons of pure sugar can."  And there you have it.  Reader beware.

3.  As you may know, I work with about 70 'twenty-somethings' at a small academy.  They are all going through the same stage in life - the "I-don't-know-what-I'm-going-to-do-with-my-life" stage.  Because of this, I have been reading Jason and Crystalina Evert's book "How to Find Your Soulmate Without Losing Your Soul".  Interesting reading, to be sure.  Down to earth and helpful.  One other gal and myself are thinking about hosting a study group next semester to read this book with some of the students, so I'm doing the 'read through'. We'll see how it goes...

4.  And I can't go a couple of days without Alice von Hildebrand and her wisdom in The Privilege of Being a Woman.  I think I've underlined almost the entire book, everything in it is SO good.  "Clearly passivity is inferior to activity, for one is only being 'acted upon'.  But this is not true of receptivity which involves an alert, awakened, joyful readiness to be fecundated by another person or by a beautiful object. ...Women feel at home in this receptivity and move in it with ease and grace.  This is already inscribed in their biological nature..."  

5. I usually have at least one book on the go about one of my favourite saints.  After finishing the biography on Catherine Doherty, I came across a short book on the life of St. Josemaria Escriva which has fascinated me just as much.  I have always loved his writings and as it turns out, he was a man of deep faith and wisdom who lived during a very tumultuous time of social unrest in Spain. What really spoke to me was his humility in seeking out the will of God as it eluded him for a long while. He prayed over and over,  "Domine, ut vide am!  Ut sit!  Ut sit!" or "What is it that you want and that I don't know?"  St. Josemaria, pray for us.

6.  I know - there's a sixth.  You're probably sitting there saying "Wait, I thought she said 4 or 5 - what the..." Ok so maybe I don't read every single book, every single day.  There are different times of the week that I pick up one or the the books on the saints are for time spent in Eucharistic Adoration (usually) and Alice von Hildebrand's book is on my nightstand for perusing before bedtime.  Wheat Belly is on my coffee table...well, you get the picture.  But this short and powerful read was too good to just glaze over.  It's called The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.  People.  If you are at all creative.  If you fancy yourself a writer, artist, musician, well, anything at all - Read. This. Book.  It's quick-witted and speaks to the hard-core resistance that you will...not might, WILL experience in honing your craft.  I saw myself in almost every single page, and it has inspired me to be brave and forge ahead with my writing - which I hadn't really considered doing until recently.  

And there you have it.  Happy clicking to you, dear readers, on this chilly, fall Monday.   Guess what's coming to the skies near you...very, very soon....(ok, maybe this is only for us Canadians and those who inhabit the northern hemisphere.)


  1. Too many books! I can't keep up! There isn't time or shelf space for all the books calling out to me!

    Thanks for gathering all these wonderful tidbits, Miss Sarah.



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