Friday, October 14, 2005

The Move

I have been a really bad blogger of late. The reason: we are moving to a farm in upstate New York. Finally, the chance to "live out" all my crazy ideas. It is I and the children who go first, husband to follow (pray to St. Therese and St. Maximilian for us!). True motherhood, indeed.

Hans Urs von Balthasar talks about the "constellation" of persons who stand behind each mission. These are the "saints," canonized and otherwise, by whose lights we are guided. For me the "stars" are John Paul II, Balthasar, Gertrud von le Fort, Therese of Lisieux. But right now I follow Wendell Berry, still alive and still the sole member of his own sect...

Sunday, October 09, 2005

More on penguins

The article mentioned that penguins have no external sexual organs and that the sign of their gayness was observed "bonding" behavior Maybe these penguins are just friends! Can two fathers raise a child and not be gay? I don't see why not.

Penguin Sex

Thanks to all who attended my talk on marital sexuality yesterday in Pinckney, MI. Feel free to click the comment link below to ask me any questions.

Now, some thoughts on penguin sex. It seems that because a couple male penguins were hatching babies (provided, of course, by a female) together we are once again uncertain about whether heterosexuality is "natural" or not. Please, my dear Catholic friends, recall the story of your origins. We were created but sinned, and that sin polluted the entire ecosphere. We are good "by nature" but that nature, indeed all nature, is touched by sin. That is why there is plenty of violence in the animal world. Are we surprised that penguins are gay? We shouldn't be.

The only difference between them and us is that we can choose to rise above our lusty flesh and let grace transform us. Granted, it is not easy.