April 25, 2018

Author Archive | Simcha Fisher

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Simcha Fisher: How Do We Help Each Other Bear The Cross?

  In a recent article, I talked about how much we are affected by the company we keep, and how important it is to deliberately choose friends who will help us stay true to the cross. The article was superficially about Natural Family Planning (NFP), but also about all kinds of other lifestyles, and all […]

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Simcha Fisher: The good and the bad of enduring sticky-sweet novenas

This year, in a fit of spiritual panic, I announced to my family that we’d be praying the Divine Mercy novena. It started on Good Friday and culminated on Easter Saturday, and by gum, we did it. At least, we stopped after Easter Saturday. There may have been some funny business around Day 6, but […]

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Simcha Fisher: What is your weak link?

A friend of mine makes chain mail jewelry. It’s beautiful and elegant, and also extraordinarily strong. When she offered a simple product, a little miraculous medal attached to a steel chain with a little knot of steel chain mail links, the response was almost hysterically positive. It wasn’t just attractive, but it solved a real […]

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Simcha Fisher: What will the detective say over your cooling corpse?

When actor Jerry Orbach died, I couldn’t help feeling a twinge of glee. To be clear, this has nothing to do with Orbach himself, and everything to do with me being a giant, insecure weirdo. Perhaps you’d like to hear more. What happened was, toward the end of a long and respectable career, Orbach played […]

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Simcha Fisher: The catechesis of diabetes

Today marks ten days since our daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She is ten, and is adapting to her new life with much more ease and grace than I am. Ten days in, and the injections are almost routine, but we’re still struggling with re-thinking meals. The old categories just don’t work anymore. I […]

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Simcha Fisher: Mary and her darlings

“I once saw a lady on a train,” said John Paul I, “Who put her baby to sleep in a baggage holder [a net above the seat]. When the little one woke up, he saw from above his mother sitting facing him so that she could watch over him. ‘Mamma,’ he would say to her. […]

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Simcha Fisher: The limits and uses of awareness

Remember awareness ribbons? Several years ago, every cause had its own ribbon, which you were supposed to pin to your lapel, stick to your car bumper, or display on your T-shirt: breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, and every other kind of cancer. Plus vertigo, autism, homelessness, suicide, the plight of veterans and every other […]

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Simcha Fisher: Six life lessons from cooking for kids

As a mother of ten, I like to assure myself that I know a thing or two. I look at my kids and see that none of them are starving, none of them have rickets or scurvy, none of them hoard butter under the mattresses, and some of them even like onions. I must be […]

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Simcha Fisher: The weight of bells

The priest hoisted the Host into the air, and then began the bells, telling the world that time was standing still. Through the rain went out the golden clamor, insisting that here inside this brick building was the light of the world. Past the church doors went the Uber drivers, the beer delivery men, the […]

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Simcha Fisher: The Irresistible Leper

At Mass recently we heard a reading from Leviticus, describing how lepers would get kicked out of camp. No contact with anyone clean. His clothes were to be worn ‘rent’, either to show a state of penitence or to prevent him from hiding his disease, I don’t know which; and he was to shout, ‘Unclean’ […]

Simcha Fisher: Why we must leave the ninety-nine

You know this story. You’ve heard it so many times, it doesn’t sound fresh anymore: If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, […]

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Simcha Fisher: Are you ready to give up your enemies for Lent?

Guess what it’s time for? GIVING UP YOUR SINS. No, really. Look at the liturgical calendar. If not now, then when? On your deathbed? I don’t like the odds. What if your bus falls off a cliff, and your dying words are less “Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner,” and more “Aieeeeeee!”? Anyway, […]