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Simcha Fisher

America Magazine

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Recent articles by Damien and Simcha:

The types of women who veil at Mass

Hint: Most of them are just ‘regular Catholics wanting to deepen their devotion.’ → Read More

I tried to teach kids about Thanksgiving and the Eucharist—and got a lesson on the Holy Spirit instead

Every meal, every day can be an image of the Eucharist. Although we are required to work hard and do our best, it is not about us or our efforts. → Read More

Extremes don’t work in diets—or your prayer life

Non-scale spiritual victories come when we see ourselves clearly and holistically, when we pray without prodding because God is real and someone to talk to. → Read More

How arguing over whether Epstein abused ‘girls’ or ‘young women’ hurts all victims of injustice

Jeffrey Epstein is accused of buying and selling young girls, writes Simcha Fisher, and games over semantics (is it “pedophilia” or “ephebophilia”?) mean we are not truly fighting for justice for his victims. → Read More

What the worst argument I’ve heard for abortion says about our culture of nonsense

Simcha Fisher: We are trying to persuade ourselves—and worse, to teach children—that life does not mean anything. → Read More

What’s wrong with celebrating sin in public?

In the culture of the shout, the intimate heat of the crucible of suffering is replaced by the heat of the Klieg lights, which reveal without transforming. → Read More

Advent might be a time for silence—but don’t get too comfortable.

“Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low.” Are you ready? → Read More

How can we get beyond the battle of the sexes?

Let’s begin to enlist both left and right in service of the vulnerable—using the ideological language they already accept. → Read More

How to Choose the Right Godparent

The work of choosing and being a godparent can lead to hurt feelings, dashed expectations—and the occasional influx of unexpected grace. → Read More

Jesus knew about Cardinal McCarrick

He knew about Uncle Ted, and he knew about everything else we’re about to find out. That is why he came. → Read More

How the church can help (or hurt) women in abusive marriages

What pastors say to women in abusive relationships can be life-changing → Read More

The pope and a cardinal show Catholics the right way to call someone out

Righteous call-outs should be patterned after Cardinal O’Malley’s rebuke of Pope Francis on sex abuse. → Read More

It’s O.K. to complain about the demands of faith. But how you vent matters.

Venting is good. Venting is sometimes lifesaving. But it matters where you vent and why. → Read More

The great (and tragic) comedy of going to confession

If you cannot laugh at the ignominy of whispering your wretched little sins through a screen, then when will you laugh? → Read More

How Lent consoles us—and shows us what it means to be abandoned

Jesus has felt our sorrow, carried our burdens, sweated through our labors, taken our punishment onto himself. → Read More

Why we get angry at other Catholics who don’t know what we know

Catholic social media is a strange place to dwell. A few weeks ago, about 70 percent of my feed was taken up with Catholics explaining that, no matter what the department stores say, Christmas is not over yet. It goes until Epiphany or until the Baptism of the Lord or until Candlemas—but it is not over yet! The remaining 30 percent of my friends were irritably complaining that we all already… → Read More

The secular world has turned Thanksgiving into madness.

We hear so much about how stringent the church is, how unreasonable in her strictures, how strict in her unreasonableness. But there is no institution so unforgiving as the secular world at this, the most wonderful time of the year. → Read More

What your kids get from Mass—even when they’re not listening

Everybody feels like they’re no good at least some of the time. Everybody feels, at some point, like no one is listening. But in Christ, everything good, true and beautiful is worth expressing, even if no one seems to hear. → Read More

Mother Teresa’s unofficial bonus miracle: a fair shake from NPR – – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – A

NPR ran a delightfully clear and positive story yesterday about the upcoming canonization of Mother Teresa, and they included a short overview of the Church’s miracle requirement when a cause… → Read More

In which I get Jesus Juked by Jesus – – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – A

The parable that Jesus tells in yesterday’s Gospel — the one about the party guests, and about exalting the lowly and casting down the exalted? It bugs me. I get and appreciate the gene… → Read More