Pop Culture #FakeNews: Avoid Cancer with The Pill and Increase Life Quality by Postponing Kids

It’s no secret that mainstream popular culture has been administering an full court press of ideology in a (successful) effort to lead those with malleable opinions to assume contraception and waiting as long as possible to start a family are good things. Good Morning America reminded us of this today when the entire panel was excited to hear the breaking, “must hear” news that The Pill may slightly reduce some forms of cancer. At the end of the segment they of course mentioned that The Pill is also is known for increasing the odds of other types of cancer such as breast and cervical along with an increased risk of forming a blood clot. They didn’t mention the widespread medical knowledge of the mental health side effects such as depression.

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This is what every millennial couple waiting to have kids looks like.

Hours later the following story pops up online from Woman’s Day magazine:

New Study Reveals the Surprising Benefits of Having a Child Later in Life

Here’s some evidence to counter all that chatter about your “biological clock:” Children born to older mothers thrive better in life…

…women who had kids later than the average age of 31 were less likely to scold or physically discipline their kids. Overall, their more mature and less emotional approach to parenting created children that were better behaved, well-socialized, and emotionally healthier in their pre-teen years.

Why do older moms have healthier and more educated kids? The researchers point to an overall improvement in society over the years, with better access to healthcare and education in the Western world. So the longer you wait to have a baby, the higher the chances life will be better for your little tot…

…the benefits of waiting to have children are either equal to or maybe even outweigh the potential negative effects, like an increased risk for Down Syndromeand a potentially higher risk for diseases like diabetes, hypertension, and Alzheimer’s later in life. Of course it’s harder for moms to get pregnant at all as they age

What a stupid article. What poor reasoning. First off, of course parents, on average, will take a more mature approach to parenting when they are…more mature. Parents in their 20s, though, have been raising children for millennia with fine, even better, results than modern middle-aged parents. Maybe the problem is the current culture forming young people to take marriage and parenting with such frivolity. Also, the idea of waiting 10 more years to have a kid because society might be fractionally better (according only to calculated economic reasoning and microscopic statistical health differences) is hilarious. As if a 40-year old has a worse life is any noticeable way compared to a 30-year old–what an excuse for an anti-family mindset.

It’s amusing how they bury the downside of having children later in life at the bottom of the article, especially the fact that you’re less likely to have children later in life–a fact regularly covered up by the progressive forces of pop culture and a point Charles Krauthammer eloquently points out in his essay Missed Motherhood. Did Woman’s Day ever consider that some women might want their children to have siblings and this is much less likely when you have your first child in your late 30’s. Did they take into account that some women want to be active grandmothers one day and this opportunity is highly diminished by generations having children later and later. Do they take fun, joy, love, happiness, and general family culture into account when calculating the quality of the life of the children born to older parents vs younger parents? No. The same news sources which report on levels of happiness among countries (recently reported that America has fallen to 14th) seem to not take happiness into account when discussing their wise family planning techniques (read: family suppressing).

I have a feeling the married couple joyfully welcoming eight children into their home, even if they might not have as much disposable cash to spend on fun devices or trips, has a much richer and joyful family life than the spouses who purposely squeeze out one child after 40 after spending most of their relationship focusing on everything other than family. Our culture needs a radical restructuring of priorities. Enter: Catholic Renaissance 2.0™. ☩

During Gorsuch Questioning, Ted Cruz Offers Interesting Quote

Texas Senator Ted Cruz offered a quote from late American judge Grant Gilmore where he connects jurisprudence to the divine. The quote comes from a lecture where he speculated:

The better the society, the less law there will be. In heaven there will be no law, and the lion shall lie down with the lamb. The values of an unjust society will reflect themselves in an unjust law. The worse the society, the more law there will be. In hell there will be nothing but law, and due process will be meticulously observed.

Want to Donate This Lent (or Ever) but Don’t Know How or Where? Enter: MISSIO

As Catholics, we are called to give alms, especially during Lent. Some people don’t have the time or ability to donate their time, services, or blood and would rather donate money to worthy causes. I just became aware of good resource to go to where one can pick and choose authentic Catholic causes to donate to where 100% of the donation goes to the specific cause.

It is well with the man who is gracious and lends; He will maintain his cause in judgment. For he will never be shaken; The righteous will be remembered forever. He will not fear evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.
-Ps 112:5-9

Thanks to a post on Catholic Memes, I became aware for the first time of MISSIO which is a list of various Catholic missions around the world as chosen by the Pontifical Mission Societies under the pope. There are opportunities for your money to go to farm animals for families, clean water for children, new classrooms, building of parishes for new Catholic communities, Catholic pregnancy centers and much more. It makes donating so easy. Also, the site accepts donations in any amount so even if someone doesn’t have much to give,  they can easily give in proportion to their own situation.

Looking at this list, the goals of each mission are pretty low too. How fun would it be to be very rich and anonymously go to this site and just give money to each mission for each to complete its goal. I love stories where like someone goes to a toy store right before Christmas and pays for all the toys on hold to be picked up. If I was Bill Gates, that’s what I’d be doing regularly.

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A few of my faves are listed below–although there’s a TON to choose from and I didn’t even look at every single one! Along with it is the amount raised/fundraising goal.

It’s so exciting to know that a little money can go to so much good with the click of a mouse. How I pray that all these causes reach their goals. ☩

Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
-2 Cor. 9:6-7

Dads Matter – Photo of Son Kissing Father’s Casket Goes Viral

I’m a sucker for photos like these. Dads mean so much to their children. It’s a bond that popular culture at best takes for granted and at worst revels in its erosion.

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Quoting from WISN:

Trooper’s son bids final goodbye to his father with one kiss

In the photo, Brian Falb Jr., 12, says his final goodbye by kissing the casket of his father — New York State Trooper Brian Falb Sr.

Falb Sr., 47, died after a year-long battle with stage-four brain cancer.

He was assigned to the World Trade Center site after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City.

Falb Sr. died March 13. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Mary, and the couple’s four children.

As both a son and a father, photos like this move me. Prayers for the repose of the soul of Brian Falb Sr. ☩

Pope Francis and Confession

Pope Francis has been pictured again not only hearing confessions but making his own confession. His enthusiasm for the power and importance of the sacrament shouldn’t go unnoticed, especially by his…Jesuit-minded…groupies.

During the event and workshop for confessors, the Holy Father said:

In fact, the confessor is called daily to go to the “peripheries of evil and of sin” – this is an awful periphery! And his work represents a genuine pastoral priority. To hear confessions is a pastoral priority. Please, let there not be those notices: “Confessions are heard only on Mondays and Wednesdays from this hour to that hour.” You hear confessions every time they are requested. And if you are there [in the Confessional] praying, keep the Confessional open, which is God’s open heart.

Priests, stop being LAZY and sit in the confessional before, after, and DURING (if possible)…stop this 30-minutes-a-week nonsense. ☩