As another week comes to an end, this is your chance to top off your glass with a final helping of 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 over the past few days. Sample what you like - I'll serve up more next Friday...
Immaculate Conception - "I understand how non-Catholics may not see or accept the Biblical basis for Catholic beliefs, but what I don't get is how they miss the lack of Biblical support for some of their foundational beliefs and the amazingly weird Biblical interpretations some in their own ranks hold to with utmost sincerity."
Delivered From All Stain - "The Catholic answer to the objection that the doctrine is not found in Scripture is that some things the Church teaches can only be found in the Bible by looking backward from what the Church knows in other ways."
Who Crushes Satan's Head in Genesis 3:15? (Mary or Jesus?) - Historically, there has been a debate over how to translate this verse and render it from the Hebrew. The debate centers on whether God says 'he' shall crush Satan's head or whether 'she' shall crush Satan's head.
The Immaculate Conception - Patristic as well as Biblical sources for the doctrine
Saint Nicholas Punches Heretics in the Face!!! - "During the First Ecumenical Council of Nicea (AD 325), Arius was called upon to defend his position on the inferiority of Christ. Saint Nicholas just couldn't listen to all of Arius' nonsense and so he stood up and laid in to Arius with his fist."
St. Nicholas Day and Boy Bishops - "On December 6, the feast of St. Nicholas of Myra, it was common throughout England and on the Continent during the Middle Ages that a Boy Bishop would be chosen at the monasteries and cathedral schools from among the boys in the choir or school."
First the Fast, Then the Feast - "So before the Prince of Peace can usher in a season of tranquility and refreshment, the forerunner must come with his stern message of warfare. The enemies of peace will not just lie down of their own accord. They must be put down. Peace is a fruit of victory."
America Gets Its 1st Approved Apparition! - "The apparition took place in 1859 in what is now the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin."
How Market Economies Really Work - "What is related to the gospel is freedom and virtue. A market, properly understood, is part of a decentralized economy that allows people to take initiative in providing for their own needs and those of others."
The Left's Unjust "Justice" - "America should be a paragon of equal opportunity, not a place where the hefty hand of government robs the fruits of one person’s labor to give to another."
Democracy is rooted in Christian thought, Pope reminds theologians - "...a society that does not understand the philosophical foundations of its own basic beliefs is in jeopardy."
St. Francis Xavier and the necessity of baptism for salvation - "Baptism is the great means of regeneration, who are we to spurn it and search for our own path to eternal life?"
“No Believing Humans Were Interviewed in the Production of this Humanist Ad” – Part two of a Reflection on the Humanist Ad Campaign
Haley: Obama might let S.C. opt out of health care - "Haley says she told Obama that South Carolina could not afford the health care mandate, and that it would cripple small businesses. "
Certainty and Uncertainty - "This is the true reason why Catholics need certainties--because they provide the map for the journey and the machine by which we fly."
Spiritual Dryness: Our Joy Is Not the End - "...this is why the Eucharist is such a perfect way to encounter God: we get all of him, his full self, and our feelings about it are a completely optional part of the package."
Hmmm...who knew that "Messiah" means "Mentor"? - Catholic actor Liam Neeson said he thinks the magical lion of C.S. Lewis' "The Chronicles of Narnia" series not only represents Christ but also symbolizes other great spiritual leaders.
Orlando, Florida: Cathedral of the Incarnation Votes in Favor of Anglican Ordinariate - "On Sunday, December 5, the parish voted to accept the invitation of the Holy Father and request admission to the Catholic Church through the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus."