Monthly Archives: June 2009

Book Review: What the Church Teaches About Sex

I recently started reading What the Church Teaches About Sex: God’s Plan for Human Happiness, by Robert L. Fastiggi.  I was interested in the book because I am a new Catholic and just about to get married (in 7 days, in fact!).  Also, from my perspective, the Church’s teachings have been much maligned and are fairly complicated, so I figured this book would clear some things up.

The foreward is by Dr. Janet E. Smith, who has a really good CD called “Contraception: Why Not?” that I got from my NFP class.  She does a nice job of outlining the book and explaining who the author is and where he is coming from.

The book itself is very informative. The author has a lot of background research to support his writing, from the Catechism, papal writings, etc.  It is fairly dry- I will admit that I had trouble getting through it and could only read a few pages a day.  It’s pretty dense reading and almost feels like a textbook. However, I did find it more understandable than say, Christopher West’s Theology of the Body, which I have tried to get through but is still very confusing to me.

The author includes a lot of great quotes from other sources such as this one from Pope Paul VI, that married love establishes a trust between partners that

“enables them ‘to grow, so that husband and wife become in a way one heart and one soul…'”

Also, he does a good job of explaining that pesky term, concupiscense, which I heard in RCIA, Pre-Cana classes, and in Theology of the Body, but didn’t quite get until I read this book.

Overall, this is a good book, and it gives you the information that you would expect, but I don’t think it’s an easy read.

This review was written as part of the Catholic Book Reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on What the Church Teaches About Sex.

buffy youtube goodness…

Well, this is all kinds of awesome.  Buffy (aka the Vampire Slayer) vs. Edward (from Twilight, which I have not seen or read, partly because I am a Buffy fan and partly because I just haven’t gotten around to it what with having to obsessively re-read all the Harry Potter books before the next movie comes out in July).

I wish I could make things as awesome as this.  My current unemployed state might be a good time to learn, although I don’t exactly see this bringing in the dough.

flashmob favorites

Yesterday on Twitter, I saw this from @feliciaday:

RT: @drtiki Best flashmob ever: Hammer Pants Dance http://bit.ly/xOHsk (via: Crispin Hands) I love this so much!

9:53 PM Jun 5th from web

And the link led to this wonderful web goodness:

(the best/worst part is that  know all the words…I blame it on my sister, she had the album…and for a similar reason, I know all the words to the NYKOTB’s “Have a Funky, Funky, Christmas”, which still haunts me to this day…and it will haunt you too, if you click on the link.)

So, I investigated other interesting flashmobs (see the Wikipedia entry if you are unfamiliar) and here are a few of my favorites.

This one doesn’t have dancing, darn it, but the stupefied reactions of my fellow Americans make it worthwhile:

Next, an advertisement but still cool. I especially love the random people that join in (they don’t look to me like they are part of the gig).

Finally, the mother of all flashmobs and proof that anything involving the Sound of Music has gotta be cool:

unnaturally calm?

Today I was told by a co-worker: “You know, for someone who’s getting married in a month, you’re awfully calm.”

I think this is kind of funny.  I mean, why *not* be calm?  It’s a big event. I’m super excited, sure- but I don’t see much to get all worked up about.  Lots of things to be planned, but all of that has pretty much been taken care of at this point.  (A MONTH!! SQUEE!!!)

Ahem.  So, in my current calm state, I thought I would share 3 blogs which have aided in my sanity as I have been planning this for the last 6 months. I tried to pick a representative post from each, and I think that even if you’re not about to get married, they can be interesting.

Here’s an idea for an alternative gift registry from Meg at A Practical Wedding.

Next, Sarah from My Catholic Wedding- a post from a while ago that reminds me of what I also learned at my own wedding prep classes: my job as a married person is to get my husband to heaven, and vice versa.  (He’s really got his work cut out for him, by the way…)

And- the first wedding website I found where other similarly sane brides gather: the lovely Offbeat Bride.  This post shows the talents of one bride who makes GORGEOUS button bouquets, which I seriously coveted for a few months of my planning process.  I ultimately decided to go with real flowers because so many people were freaked out by such a non-traditional choice.  Plus, custom bouquets = expensive!  Oh well.  Perhaps I could get one for an anniversary or something.