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...
It's a short list this week...busy with the holidays and vacation time with the family. Hopefully more next week...
Don't Be a Liar at Christmas - "As human beings we are persons with bodies. We have a soul that is spiritual but it is joined with a body that is physical and material... Our Faith has to become flesh, it has to reach and influence our very behavior."
A Meditation On the “Bloody Octave” of Christmas - "...[I]n a certain sense this IS still Christmas day. Christmas Day is one long day of eight days from Saturday the 25th to Saturday January 1st. ...[O]ne of the striking things about the Christmas octave is its bloodiness. It is One of the bloodiest weeks of the Church’s years.
New Year’s and the Lord of History - "...the real 'new year' begins with First Vespers of the First Sunday of Advent. And if that’s true, then going bonkers over the turn of the civil calendar is giving a bit more to Caesar than Caesar has a right to receive."
The Pope's Warning to a Disintegrating Western Civilization - "Catholics, Protestants, Agnostics... the vast majority of conservatives of every stripe would agree with this almost non-reported speech made by Pope Benedict XVI on 20 December, 2010."
Why the News Makes Us Dumb - "The product of the news business is change, not wisdom. Wisdom has to do with seeing things in their largest context, whereas news is structured in a way that destroys the larger context. You have to do certain things to information if you want to sell it on a daily basis. "
Ezra Klein Lays It On The Line - "What we see behind this attitude as expressed by Klein is a disdain for permanent things. It is the core issue that separates progressives and conservatives. Conservatives seek to preserve the heritage of the Constitution..."
Obamacare: Undercutting the Rule of Law - "Obamacare’s construction of a system of bureaucratic fiat is not good for health care–nor the country."