Wednesday, January 16, 2019


 Here's how this week's arts and culture column begins:

I spend so much time alone, pondering and praying, that I sometimes forget much of the world holds very different views than I do.

The other day, for example, while talking to a secular friend, I (very unwisely) burst forth with an impassioned description of an essay I was working on.

“It’s about womanhood, and how really the heart of what is best and most glorious about women is their ability to bring new life into the world! You don’t have to be an actual mother, obviously, but the heart of a mother! I can’t get behind this cold-blooded, aggressive fury that seems to be the overriding emotion of today’s ‘feminists.’ ”

Silence. Then — “I can’t say I agree with you. I think it’s fantastic that so many women have been elected to office recently.”

“Well, yes, or rather maybe. Because if they come at their jobs with the same adversarial, power-driven tactics they purport to despise in men, we’re just going to have the formerly oppressed as the new oppressors.”

It devolved from there. My friend thought everything was going to be solved by the new class of warrior women, and I could not be moved from my view of the culture as on every level virulently anti-life.




  1. I can't connect either but the early thrust of what I've read so far, is well answered by Flannery O'Connor with this.

    The notion of the perfectibility of man came about at the time of the Enlightenment in the 18th century……… The Liberal approach is that man has never fallen, never incurred guilt, and is ultimately perfectible by his own unaided efforts. Therefore, evil in this light is a problem of better housing, sanitation, health, etc. and all mysteries will eventually be cleared up. Judgement is out of place because man is not responsible.

    From Letter to Cecil Dawkins. 8 November 1958.

  2. Here's the link Stephen Sparrow and Jeanne Pergande.

    What a beautiful piece Heather - thank you. It sounds similar to so many of my conversations with my secular friends. I offer many prayers and pray that something in my words plants seeds of life!

  3. Oh, "a cracker of a piece." I like that and agree. Also, the addition of the Flannery O'Connor explanation is, well, perfect. Thank you, Heather. Thank you, Stephen.

  4. Dear Heather,
    I read this last week and then re-read it several times and copied parts of it out in my journal. I think you spoke perfectly. You articulated exactly what I think and feel every day, especially as I work in a place where I am surrounded by strident feminists. So thank you.
    Also, I'm almost done Loaded and am thinking a great deal of the ways I self-debt. Very instructive so thank you again.

    1. Oh grand, Dana, thank you and I'm so glad LOADED is spurring some reflection!

  5. Thanks all and sorry about the faulty link--it's fixed now. Preach the Gospel: if necessary, use words. Whether or not St. Francis actually said that--pretty sound suggestion...And right--if I were capable of perfecting myself--or even of removing an atom of one of my myriad character defects--I would have done so a long time ago. Instead, I come on my knees, begging to be relieved of the bondage of self...


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