September 26, 2017

Author Archive | Simcha Fisher


Simcha Fisher: How to stay human while arguing on social media

Like many Catholics, I spend a lot of time on social media. Some of this is for my job: I need to find out what people are talking about. Some of this is for my own entertainment: I want to know what’s up. Some of this is for my own sanity: I need to talk […]


Simcha Fisher: Why do I take my noisy little kids to Mass?

The affable host of a popular radio show featuring live concerts of classical music recently replayed a few seconds of a recital. Laughing, he pointed out that a baby in the audience wailed soulfully during a quiet passage, making an unintentional duet with the flute. He noted that, if parents want their children to develop […]


Simcha Fisher: Tend to your monsters, that’s the first thing

This is an American political essay that isn’t really about politics. It’s about monsters. Stay with me. My country is dealing with several simultaneous natural disasters, while we haven’t yet recovered from the man-made disaster of a few weeks ago in Charlottesville. Nazis marched, people protested, and antifa terrorists joined that protest. Violent extremists from […]

PHOTO: Tom Pumford

Simcha Fisher: Marriage warriors, look to your own homes

I won’t presume to try to understand the legal and societal ramifications of the upcoming plebiscite on gay marriage. All I can tell you is we in the United States were in turmoil over gay marriage, too, not so long ago. We quickly discovered that our best arguments were on shaky ground. It was almost […]

White nationalists are met by counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, 12 August, during a demonstration over a plan to remove the statue of a Confederate general from a city park. PHOTO: CNS

Simcha Fisher: The wheat and weeds in my heart

Weeds have been on my mind for months. My garden is overgrown as usual, and my flower beds are inexcusable, but it’s easy to ignore them. It’s harder to ignore the weeds that are demanding more and more of our attention in public discourse. Over the last few days, so many of my friends have […]

PHOTO: Julia Caesar

Simcha Fisher: Chasing pleasure and chasing God

Last Sunday, poor Peter was again remembered for being a little silly. It was the feast of the Transfiguration, and it’s hard to know what to say about Christ and about God the Father all in white, so instead we talk about Peter. “Let’s build tents!” he babbles. “I’ll make three tents, you’ll see, it’ll […]


Simcha Fisher: Mite makes right

I got a funny message last night. Well, it wasn’t meant to be funny, but it sure made me laugh. It read: “Dear Simcha, I read your post about how you [did a thing that is not immoral but which many Catholics think is immoral] and while I wouldn’t have I do believe that it’s […]


Simcha Fisher: Finding the Church-Within-the-Church

Our high school (grades 9-12) is enormous. Terrifyingly enormous. My kids were home schooled at first, then we transitioned to a small country school. Their 8th grade class had maybe twelve kids in it. But the high school, the only one in the area, is immense. One hall stretches a quarter of a mile. Most […]


Simcha Fisher: Parents, watch your mouths when you speak about your kids

It’s okay to write stupid stuff sometimes. Hell, some months, it’s my bread and butter. You say dumb stuff in public, people yell at you, you have a drink, you live to fight another day. It’s a living. As you’re making your living, one vital rule endures: Criticizing ideas is legitimate and necessary; but it’s […]


Simcha Fisher: What do guardian angels do?

We just got back from camping for a few days. Well, “camping.” When we’re home, we live like savages, but when we go camping, we keep it pretty civilised. But that didn’t stop our two-year-old from going completely feral. We were surrounded by lakes, streams, machetes, open campfires, pitfalls, poisonous berries, sharp metal skewers, and […]


Simcha Fisher: Charlie Gard will die. But is it murder?

It is a dreadful thing to be careless or callous in matters of life or death. It is also a dreadful thing to be careless or callous when speaking about these matters. The secular world may be guilty about the former, but in the case of Charlie Gard, many in the Catholic world are guilty […]


Simcha Fisher: Getting kids to read more and better books

What’s the rule, ladies and gents? The rule is: If you scoff at someone for their struggles, you’ll someday be struggling with that same thing yourself. I can’t tell you how many times this has happened to me, especially as a parent. My current comeuppance: I used to scoff at parents who had to push […]