chatting with Sean Herriot of the Morning Air Show at 8:40 eastern time. Click hereto listen live, or go to Relevant Radio and hit the silver “listen now” button near the top of the page. Hope you can catch it!
ZENIT: “Would you place your book in the context of the New Evangelization?”
SIMCHA: [runs and looks up ‘New Evangelization’]. “Yes.”
I’ll be speaking about parents as primary educators of their children on the Son Rise Morning Show this Friday morning. Seven of my children will be at school, and the other two will be watching Dinosaur Train. The baby will be yelling, ‘WHERE ‘DUC-TER????” every time the Conductor goes off the screen. The dog will be pawing frantically at the door of my bedroom, where I do radio interviews, because the only, only, only way he wants to spend his time these days is playing Lonely Dog Rodeo on top of my bed. He weighs 140 pounds and is not allowed on my bed, but he tries.
Catch the excitement here, Friday, around 8:50.
Great interview questions from Keri Lenartowick; highly long-winded answers from yours truly. One reasonably sensible part: Kerri asks about teaching millennials about NFP. My answer:
I think that people of that age are in the habit of questioning reality. When something is presented as true, they just automatically question whether it’s ‘really really true,’ or just ‘fake-true,’ so I think it’s very important to be very clear with people that this is not a trick – this is not some kind of illusion that we are talking about.
… It’s one thing to be a sucker if you’re sitting in a movie theater and you got tricked into thinking that that guy’s guts are getting pulled out or King Kong really is on the Empire State building or whatever, and then you realize, ‘oh that’s not really true, ha ha I got fooled,’ but if you’re a few years into your marriage and you realize, wow I got fooled – that is a whole other thing, and that is a really serious disturbance, especially when it’s being done in the name of religion. When people are presenting something as God’s teaching and it turns out not to be true, that’s incredibly damaging.
I would rather err on the side of scaring people a little bit, as long as you also present the beauty of it. I think that’s extremely important to present it as something that is hard but beautiful – and I think people are going to be up to that challenge, but people are not – and rightly so – going to be up to the challenge of being lied to and getting over it, because that’s too painful and humiliating and damaging.
I also make a comparison between “prosperity Gospel” Christians and NFP cheerleaders who promise sunshine and lollipops as your just and guaranteed reward for foregoing contraception — but I fail to come up with a snappy name. Anybody?
This was tons of fun to do, so I’m glad the’re rebroadcasting it. If you hear “Catholic radio” and think “borrrrrr-ing” then you need to listen to the live hour on WNGL. These guys are hilarious. There was shouting. Shouting about NFP.
The show I was on will air tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 7-8 a.m. CST and again at 9-10 p.m. CST. You can listen online here.
No paradoxes were created in the making of this interview, in which Jen Fulwiler of Conversion Diary speaks from the perspective of her past self. She introduces the interview this way:
Seven years ago, I found myself in a place of great upheaval. I was in the middle of a profound religious conversion and found myself in a no-man’s land, adrift from my old belief system, yet not fully integrated into my new one.
Now this is the part that makes me blush:
Around that time that I came across a small blog by this woman named Simcha. She was a brilliant, hilarious writer on par with the famous names of the secular world…yet she was religious, describing herself as a Hebrew Catholic since she comes from a family of Jewish coverts to Catholicism. Reading her blog never failed to brighten my day (usually by making me laugh until I gasped for air), and her writing transformed my view of everything from motherhood to what it means to have faith.
About once a week I would think, “This woman’s blog needs to be much, much bigger!” and “When is she going to write a book?!” Seven years later, I got my wish.
Tons of frank, funny (and really difficult!) questions from the point of view of someone who can’t imagine why you would go to all the trouble of charting and abstaining, especially when you might end up having — ugh — babies anyway. Check it out, if only to read the phrase “boinking machine” on a Catholic blog.
JoAnna Wahlund asked some killer questions. Here’s how the interview ends:
Are you and your family being pursued by albino monk assassins dispatched by the “NFP-Is-A-Heresy” Cabal?
Yeah, but I reminded them that self flagellation and the wearing of the cilice barely registers as suffering when you compare it with trying to figure out a postpartum chart. Ba bing!
So much fun. Click here to read the rest.
Great interview with Bonnie Engstrom of Ignitum Today is up today. An excerpt:
You talk a lot about how you and Damien have grown and overcome a lot of the struggles you had early on in your marriage. Was here a specific turning point for you? A moment where you said, “Aha! So this is what God wants me to do/say/understand!” If so, when was that moment, and what precipitated it?
No one specific moment, no. There were several “believe so that you may understand” moments, though — when we just decided we were going to grit our teeth and do our best to live with impossible situations . . . and then they cleared up in unexpected ways. It was a lot easier to see God’s gentleness and mercy after we had decided to bow to His law.
We also constantly work on making the shift from “my needs vs. your needs” to “what’s best for our marriage and family?”
I think that even when people do have startling, revolutionary epiphanies in their lives, they usually still have to follow up with a long, gradual process of putting that epiphany into practice.