1. I’ve been reading Interior Freedom by Fr. Jacques Philippe. It brings up some of the same points that are in Grace for the Good Girl by Emily Freeman. It’s always a good sign when you hear the same message from very different sources (one a French, Roman Catholic priest, the other an American, married, Protestant woman). I wanted to share some quotes with you–it would make this post at least generally apropos for Good Friday–but then I misplaced the book.
2. I followed the Candida diet for March, the less-restrictive version anyway. It’s basically–no added sugar whatsoever, no fruit, no refined starches, no alcohol. The idea is to starve off excess yeast in the body. I had one major cheat but overall substantial compliance, which was a lot better than my no-sugar attempt in January.
I didn’t lose any weight, nor did I experience any noticeable improvements in health. Bleh. I was hoping to lose some weight because that diet was really really hard. I am so weak.
On the upside, though, it did loosen sugar’s grip on me. Even though I had a big binge for a couple days when I ended it, I’ve since gone back to a very low sugar, low carb, way of eating, and it’s not nearly as hard as it used to be. I eat a bunch of eggs and beef, as many vegetables as I can manage, lots of avocado, some rice and potatoes, limited dairy, and I feel great.
3. Until this evening, anyway, when the girls and I had an Easter treat-making extravaganza. Now I’m having heart palpitations from the sugar in all the frosting I sampled:
4. We picked up a copy of Family Circle’s March issue
and the girls bamboozled me into making the treats featured on front. I never do this type of thing but here we are. I think I’m a softie.
Fortunately, they are thrilled with the results. Girl 1 doesn’t even mind that little sister couldn’t form flowers on the cake that looked like the picture in the magazine.
5. Just now?
“He’s got the whole wor-rld/ in his hands/ He’s got the whole wor-rld in his hands. . . . Mommy, does God really have the whole world in his hands?”
“Uh, no not really. But God is bigger than the whole world. And he’s taking care of the whole world.”
“Where is God.”
“uh . . . in heaven. But he’s here with us too”
“Does God really get nailed to the cross?”
“Uh, he did, on Good Friday.”
I’m not ready for all this; I’m really not. I guess I need to buy a catechism book for her? Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is wonderful but it’s not comprehensive at this stage. I feel like Girl 1’s conception of God, heaven, earth, death, the afterlife, the universe and everything is very confused. The education she’s gotten from me has been haphazard, at any rate.
6. Blog posts I’ve thinking about lately: The He/She Generation by Joseph Sciambra
when civilization is in decline there is always a rabid return of superstition; a form of moral panic occurs when society throws off all traditional means of self-regulation and censorship: the Church and the force of public decency are disregarded and silenced.
Currently, the most popular and widely apparent form of this reaction towards a slip into barbarism is the phenomena of tattooing, piercing, and body modification. These forms of self-flagellation are an attempt by the unknowing penitent towards order; a desire to recreate the body in an age when life is becoming more and more anaesthetized and disassociated. [This reminds me of scenes in the book, Children of Men by P.D. James.]
Crossing gender is the most extreme example of this need to make sense with our bodies out of the present-day senselessness.
and also his post on The Gay Michelangelo: A Portrait of the Artist’s Lifelong Struggle With Same-Sex Attraction (is this historically accurate? I suspect it’s a debated topic but obviously the author has researched it more than I)–this author has a perspective unlike that of anyone else I’ve read; his writing is clear-sighted and far-reaching and poignant and gets to the heart of things; the subject matter of some posts is extremely explicit and disturbing.
On a lighter note: Would You Like Fries With That? and its follow up What We Have a Right to Expect From College: what is the point of a Catholic higher education? Does it have to be all liberal arts? Does everyone need to study the liberal arts? Lots of good questions here.
7. I hope you all have a blessed Good Friday and a lovely Easter! Click over to Kelly for more quick takes posts (if she’s doing 7QT on Good Friday? Perhaps not. We’ll see.)