Yeah, so, I ended up getting hydrated by IV, behind one such curtain, since my last post. And yes I really, really am getting better now. Been a tough few weeks health-wise for me, a very penitential Advent so far. I do feel God is upholding me through it all though. And my husband and kids have been picking up my slack; they just rock. And I've been getting a lot of prayers while exploring the terrain of physical misery, and I am reminded that I can meet God here. That He is fully capable of using these times of... well, suffering... for good, that I'm kind of in boot camp to become the person He sees me being: me at my best. And most of the time, I do fully believe He knows what He's doing.
I was getting to worry that this blog was a misnomer... should have been "The Medicating Catholic" maybe. :) But no, I chose "Lactating" and I just realized I haven't explained that choice fully yet...
Well it's quite simple. I chose this name for the blog because I think we often take the wrong things seriously. War is serious. Death and life are serious. Love is serious. Milk and its production is not serious. Or sacred. But somehow--in the case of lactation--some have jumped from truth to absurdity. For instance: marriage is sacred (yes); marital love is sacred and private and to be revered (absolutely); we love in our physical body (uh huh); particular body parts are considered attractive (okayyy); breasts are about sex so we really shouldn't talk about anything to do with them (hold the phone!) I have actually heard this argument in Catholic circles, and I find this conclusion absurd, when the primary and most necessary function of that part of female anatomy is to nourish young. I feel such thinking it is a symptom of an oversexualized culture that can attempt to make anything sexy. (Example: M&M's.)
And okay, I chose the name for this blog because I want to tweak some noses. I am all done with Catholic arrogance, which unfortunately seems prevalent in the Catholic blogosphere. It's not a virtue. I strongly dislike the implication that we, because we are on "the Catholic team", can look down on those who are not, or freely judge those who seem to not know the rules of the game as us. We can be profoundly grateful for our Faith and "pro Catholic team" knowing it's the best without thinking less of others. Really we can. There's a problem when people are more worried about being right than about being holy. And there are many non-Catholics closer to God than some Catholics who are "right."
So I like to use humor to right the balance. For instance:
Okay, sometimes it's right on the edge of what may be deemed appropriate. But in this case, there is nothing objectively wrong with the phrase "shades of grey." Yes, someone wrote a skanky book with that title (which no, I haven't read nor plan to read.) But that doesn't mean we need to shy away from the phrase. Or from other books by that title. :) As my Alma Mater would say: Instaurare Omnia in Christo. Let's restore all things in Christ.
There's an "Amazing" (snort) Superstore we have the misfortune of having to drive by on certain routes home. For years, when I had observant kids in the car it would be glance, groan, and "Hey look kids, a truck! A bird! Roadkill!" or anything to draw their attention away from the objectified, scantily clad picture of a human being in the front windows. But recently, for reasons unknown, things have changed there. The monthly advertisements have gotten much tamer. For Halloween this year, there was a vampy but actually well-clothed pic of a woman in vampire costume being pursued by a zombie entitled, "Be the life of the party." But this month... oh it's awesome. :) There's a shocked looking gingerbread man--yep, a cookie--looking at another cookie, a gingerbread woman I guess who had "overtanned" judging from her icing lines, sporting some vanilla caption like "Have a warm holiday." Now that is silly enough to be actually funny.
But yes, they are trying to SEXUALIZE COOKIES! So fellow Christians, let's take back our books, and our colors in every shade, and our chocolate and cookies. And by all means, let's take back our milk. - TLC
"All things are pure to the pure; but to the defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure." Titus 1:15