Forming Character

Columnist Betsy Hart is on C-SPAN’s Book TV tonight:
“We live in a culture that doesn’t want to admit that the greatest danger to a child is the foolishness of his own heart.”
“…even when it comes to caring for kids, too many parents idolize their children — almost, it seems, wanting something FROM them in the form of their accomplishments and achievements. Or they are spending so much time pursuing the golden ring of achievement themselves so they can give their kids stuff (and be liked in return) that they don’t give their kids what they really need: Time. And an effort to reach their child’s heart — not just an effort to get the child to Harvard.”
“My goal for my kids is Heaven, not Harvard. Now, if they get into Harvard on the way to Heaven…, that’s marvelous. But that’s not my goal.”
K-Lo interviewed Betsy Hart in September. Here’s her book.

Sad news

My grandmother, Rose M. Schultz, passed away today. She was very old and infirm.
I remember fondly that she was a daily communicant, and had stacks of prayer cards she would use to guide her prayer each day. She raised a ruckus at her parish when all the saint statues were moved to the cry room in the back of the Church.
Rest in peace, Nana. We will miss you as we miss all those who have cared for us and helped guide us toward the truth.

New blog: Feminine Genius

Take a look at Feminine Genius, a weblog by three smart voices in the authentic Catholic women’s movement, all of them writing from Rhode Island: Canticle magazine editor Genevieve Kineke, writer Abigail Tardiff, and life-issues columnist Dale O’Leary. Welcome to St. Blog’s Parish, friends!