My Spring Reading List!

After the heavier reading of Lent, I thought I'd like to continue some inspirational spiritual reading through the Easter season as well. 

Here's my book list!

Private and Pithy lessons from Scripture - Mother Angelica
Little Book of Life Lessons - Mother Angelica
Three to Get Married - Fulton Sheen
The Little Oratory
Diary Sister Faustina
Getting Past Perfect - Kate Wicker
The Words We Pray - Amy Welborn
Perfectly Yourself - Matthew Kelly 
Crossing the Threshold of Hope - Pope John Paul II

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Bristol Palin

Bristol Palin was interviewed by Greta VanSustern earlier this week about life as a teenage mom. This one little sentence is getting a lot of notice.

Van Susteren then did ask her, in a roundabout way, about whether she had a religious or philosophical objection to contraception. Bristol said, 'No, I don't want to get into detail about that.' And then came the line that would come to stand in for the whole interview: 'Everyone should be abstinent or whatever, but it's not realistic at all.'"

This might surprise some readers, but I DO believe in telling kids about birth control and artificial contraception.

However I believe IN FULL DISCLOSURE!
So when I discuss condoms with my boys I discuss the failure rate and then I smugly mention that if a spermatazoa can escape the latex boundaries of a condom, why do we expect it to prevent the much smaller AIDS virus from getting through?

I discuss the problems with the IUD including infection, hemorrhage and perforation as well as the problems with other hormonal methods including blood clots, embolisms and death.

Like I said, I'm all about full disclosure.

And then we talk a lot about NFP from the health, medical, philosophical and religious standpoints and how wonderfully well it all works within the bounds of marriage!

And frankly I think if more parents and Catholic schools did this, we could make a difference in what was "realistic" or not. Those of us who made it to the altar with our virginity intact know that it can be done! But it has to be encouraged by parents, the church, Catholic schools and in the peer group.

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