1. Bitter Winter — on Christians in China.
2. Alexandra DeSanctis’s piece on propagandizing children about abortion — a disturbing video that stars a woman who literally has the word abortion tattooed on her lip.
Outside of an abortion context, an obstetrician-gynecologist doesn’t generally speak to a mother about her fetus. She talks to her about her baby. Family and friends organize baby showers, not fetus showers. A mother-to-be has a baby bump, not a fetus bump. She is “with child,” not “with fetus.” It is not unusual for major news outlets, such as the BBC, to use the phrase “unborn babies” when they report on new prenatal surgical techniques.
We have shifted our language in ways that hide the dignity of the vulnerable, in this instance and on issues far from the abortion debate as well. This is part of what Pope Francis calls “throwaway culture.” What he is describing is often connected with the excesses of consumerism, a culture in which human beings whose dignity is most inconvenient are discarded as mere objects. Such a culture requires the use of language that deadens one’s capacity to show concern for those who need it most.
Also, he has a book coming up I’m looking forward to taking a look at.
. . . acknowledging that women’s bodies are their own does not diminish my own reverence for the living body in a woman’s womb. Thus, I cannot deny that I see the child in the womb, from the moment of his or her conception, as a creation of God, deserving of our respect, protection and love. Mysterious, precious, unique, infinite, made in the image and likeness of God. Holy.
6. Maureen Ferguson: Democrats double down on abortion rather than heed Claire McCaskill’s Sage Advice
10. Four ways to extend Christmas. (I’m still sending out Christmas cards myself . . . )
(And even if you don’t read the article, you want to read Karen Swallow Prior’s book on books and virtue)
As I prepare to be received into the Catholic Church, I am constantly surprised by joy, as Lewis said. Oh there are plenty of frustrations, fears, and disappointments. But my God—Christ’s Church is real, it has been maintained for 2,000 years, and I am finally coming home. Wow.
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18. Young Catholic women should take a look at the Given Institute and consider applying to their upcoming leadership forum.
19. I’m talking with Sohrab Ahmari about faith and conversion and politics and things in NYC at the Sheen Center in March. Consider joining us.
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