As another week comes to an end this is your chance to top off your glass with news, current events, and just plain interesting stuff that may not have made into the mainstream media. A chance to linger for a few more moments before we close the door on the week. Below are some links to articles, blogs, and miscellaneous happenings that caught my eye in the past week. You can sample what you like. I'll serve up more next Friday...
Should You Read Non-Catholic Materials? - "While one certainly should and must rely on the Holy Spirit for guidance, the Holy Spirit does not promise to protect us from coming to mistaken conclusions just because we pray to him. He also wants us to study, internalize, and thoroughly know our own faith. And then, with his guidance, we can approach materials from other perspectives profitably and with confidence."
Human Love Defies Darwinian Explanation - "On August 5th, a copper and gold mine in Chile caved in... This past weekend, the rescue shaft was completed. Given its width, the miners will have to be removed one at a time. Since each trip will take approximately an hour, it will take the better part of two days to remove all the miners. Who should go first? The weakest? ...a surprised Health Minister Jaime Manalich told AP that the miners 'were fighting with [authorities] yesterday because everyone wanted to be at the end of the line, not the beginning.'"
It was surely praying at their ‘makeshift shrine’ that kept the Chilean miners sane - "One of the first things the miners’ relatives did at the pithead, while it still looked as though they must be all dead, was to set up a statue of St Lawrence, patron saint of miners, who in statues of him in this role movingly wears a miner’s hat and carries a miner’s lamp. And the whole rescue mission was placed under his patronage: it was called simply Operation San Lorenzo."
Changes to Pope Benedict XVI's Coat of Arms - "At the time of his election the new Pope's coat of arms was displayed with not only the innovation of the papal pallium but also using simply a mitre decorated to allude to the triple crown...The banner hanging from the Papal Apartment for his Angelus blessing displays the 'new' version of the Pope's coat of arms including both the pallium...and the triple tiara or triregno of the Popes!!!"
British bishops suggest Eucharistic adoration, saint costumes on Halloween - "The celebration of feast days is an important part of our Catholic culture. On the evening of 31 October why not do something to make your faith respectfully seen and heard? Light a candle or display publicly another kind of light, for example, perhaps alongside an image of Christ. This could be a powerful way in which we can show people that we have hope in someone other than ourselves."
Obamacare: Here Comes the Judge - "As expected, a Federal District Judge Roger Vinson is permitting a lawsuit filed by 20 states against Obamacare to go to trial."