I’ve long been a huge Jim Gaffigan fan. Imagine my delight–being the lover of home birth that I am–when I discovered this interview in which he discusses he and his wife’s decision to deliver their babies at home. I almost died laughing.
Do any of you live in the Cincinnati area? If so, you simply must start attending Cincinnati Theology on Tap! Last night Fr. Pontifex spoke (I missed it but my husband said it was amazing) and on May 10th some guy named Dan Lord is going to be giving a talk entitled “How God Ruined My Life.” With any luck I’ll be there and would love to see some of you! Let me know if you think you might be able to make it!
I know there are a ton of bloggers who have been promoting Reese’s Rainbow recently. I’m a little late to the game but Jen and Leila have been inspiring me so much lately that I could help but join in.
A very sweet woman named Sara contacted me recently. She and her husband are currently in the process of adopting a sweet boy named Martin and desperately need our help. If you’d take just a minute to head over to her site and read this post, I would be so grateful. These kids are just so amazing and the horrors that they will face if we don’t find a way to rescue them gives me chills. If there’s any way you can help (she has a spot where you can contribute to their adoption fund on her sidebar), please do!
As I mentioned in the Foreword to Style, Sex, and Substance, there is no way I could pick a favorite chapter–or even five. All the contributors rock my socks off. But when Tina Korbe of Hot Air posted the following excerpt from Rebecca Teti’s chapter on work in her fantastic piece on the Ann Romney “women’s work” debate, it reminded me of just how much I’d benefitted from the wisdom she shared in her chapter.
There was a time when each household had to provide everything for itself. Economy, in fact, comes from the Greek word for household management, and it refers to all the activity necessary for a household to have what it needs. Each family planted crops, hunted game, spun its own cloth and so forth in a division of labor that assured that everyone in the household had what he or she needed to live well. And a household typically included not only a nuclear family, but also extended relatives and servants, because it took a lot of people to perform all the necessary tasks.
“Business” is a form of task specialization by which the household outsources to others what it used to have to do by itself. Increasing specialization of this kind has led to massive changes in social organization, but it hasn’t changed the essential nature of the activity, which is to provide households with what they need to live well. We don’t talk about economics in these terms because we have become philosophical materialists, interested only in what and how, never concerning ourselves with the questions of origin (Why does this arise?) or purpose (To what end is it ordered?). It’s not necessary for a woman to “contribute” to the world of work. The world of work exists to be sure she has what she needs for her family (emphasis mine).
I just love how relevant Rebecca’s chapter is to this current conversation. She also has a great piece on the same same subject over here.
Speaking of Catholic books that are timely and relevant to the current brouhaha, have you read Faith at Work (written by Kevin Lowry) yet? I’d assumed when I first heard people raving about this book that it wouldn’t be relevant to my life since I don’t work outside the home. How wrong I was. I LOVED it. Here’s one of my favorite excerpts:
But what if your work is the home? For those who don’t think that being a domestic engineer is work, just visit my house. Kathi’s workplace is challenging (some might even call it a hostile environment at times!), and the rewards are loooong term. She works crazy hours, deals with unreasonable client demands, and has to deal with extraordinary levels of conflict. The paycheck is terrible, there aren’t many employee benefits, and if she’s really successful, the kids leave!
If you are looking for practical tips on how to sanctify yourself (and our world) through integrating faith and work this book is a must-have. Truly, it’s a treasure.
Are you familiar with Grace of Camp Patton? I don’t know what I’ve been doing with my life but I just discovered her. I am utterly smitten. She’s just that awesome. You need to read her entire blog but if I may be so bold, I suggest starting with her “Simon Says” posts. They are solid gold.
Have a lovely weekend, friends! xoxoxo