Daily Archives: April 18, 2009

NFP is a bargain

Allowing for the bearing of two children and 23 other years of fertility from marriage to menopause, the cost of Yaz, the most popular form of birth control pill, will cost more than $15,000.

It’s enough to make you kick the habit and embrace Catholic teaching on birth control. Compare the cost with a basal body temperature thermometer at $14.

“When you look at it from the economics view alone, it makes sense to look into Natural Family Planning (NFP),” said Monica Cassidy, of the Chicago Chapter of the Couple to Couple League.

Marquette Model is slightly more expensive, but easier. Using their numbers, at $150 for the ClearPlan Fertility Monitor and $50 every 2 months for test strips, it works out to being about $7000 over 23 years.

Ralph McInerny on Apocalyptic fiction

Apropos of conservative professors who teach at formerly Catholic universities (and used to write for Crisis), Ralph McInerny, who’s finally retiring from Notre Dame after 50+ years, and who compared the Obama invitation to whoring, has written a cute little reflective piece on apocalyptic fiction at The Catholic Thing.

The Catholic Thing is looking to be a pretty cool e-journal. They just started in June 2008, and I just found out about them a few weeks ago. Where Inside Catholic is the direct, juridical online successor to the former print Crisis Magazine, The Catholic Thing is kind of like its spiritual successor, as the articles “feel” more like Crisis (to me, at least). Its editor-in-chief is Robert Royal (who still writes for Inside Catholic), and its editorial board is a “Who’s Who”.

Michael Novak and Ralph McInerney were the original founders of Crisis. Hadley Arkes had a regular feature in Crisis for some time. Fr. William Saunders is a Diocese of Arlington priest known for his “Straight Answers from Fr. Saunders” column.

Fr. Schall on Obama at Georgetown: "The Invisible Christ"

Fr. James Schall, SJ, a conservative Jesuit and Georgetown professor, has written a column for The Catholic Thing on the Georgetown Cover-Up, and what it means, not just for our Catholic universities, but also for our country as a whole.

Ralph McInerny on Apocalyptic fiction

Apropos of conservative professors who teach at formerly Catholic universities (and used to write for Crisis), Ralph McInerny, who’s finally retiring from Notre Dame after 50+ years, and who compared the Obama invitation to whoring, has written a cute little reflective piece on apocalyptic fiction at The Catholic Thing.

The Catholic Thing is looking to be a pretty cool e-journal. They just started in June 2008, and I just found out about them a few weeks ago. Where Inside Catholic is the direct, juridical online successor to the former print Crisis Magazine, The Catholic Thing is kind of like its spiritual successor, as the articles “feel” more like Crisis (to me, at least). Its editor-in-chief is Robert Royal (who still writes for Inside Catholic), and its editorial board is a “Who’s Who”.

Michael Novak and Ralph McInerney were the original founders of Crisis. Hadley Arkes had a regular feature in Crisis for some time. Fr. William Saunders is a Diocese of Arlington priest known for his “Straight Answers from Fr. Saunders” column.

Fr. Schall on Obama at Georgetown: "The Invisible Christ"

Fr. James Schall, SJ, a conservative Jesuit and Georgetown professor, has written a column for The Catholic Thing on the Georgetown Cover-Up, and what it means, not just for our Catholic universities, but also for our country as a whole.

Liturgy of the Hours Guide for Sunday, April 19, 2009

Divine Mercy Sunday, Second Sunday of Easter, Octave of Easter

Saints of the Day.

Office of Readings: taken entirely from the Proper of Seasons, starting on Page 631 of Volume II in the 4-volume edition.

Morning Prayer: Hymn and antiphons from Easter Sunday (524 in Volume II; 427 in Christian Prayer. ). Psalms and Canticle from Sunday, Week I (handy just to memorize those three! P. 1088 in Volume II/707 in Christian Prayer). Readings from 637 in Volume II/453 in Christian Prayer.

Evening Prayer: Hymn, antiphons, Psalms and canticle from Easter Sunday (531 in V. II/429 in CP). Readings from 640 in VII/455 in CP).

Mass Readings for today.

Where have you gone, St. Tarcisius?

O Martyr who died that pagan eyes might not even look upon the Sacred Body of Our Lord in the form of the Eucharist, who would not reveal the Sacred Mysteries, pray for us who show them no reverence at all.