Friday, February 11, 2011

This Week's Headlines

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...

What Is the New Statism? - "Usually the debate over Catholic thinking on economics takes place at a ridiculous level of abstraction, and, for this reason, these debates rarely make any difference in the real world. The truth is that hardly anyone with technical knowledge of economics and economic policy pays attention to them. "
Motu Proprio on a New Liturgical Movement? - "'What I see as absolutely necessary and urgent, according to what the the Pope wishes, is giving life to a new, clear and vigorous liturgical movement throughout the entire Church'", to put an end to 'arbitrary deformations' and the process of 'secularisation, which unfortunately is at work even inside the Church.'"

Pope's prayers: Could Internet increase spread of intentions? - "For 167 years, members of the Apostleship of Prayer have begun each day offering their lives to God and praying for the needs of the universal church and the intentions of the pope." See also: Apostleship of Prayer, official website.
Caught on Video: The Pope Celebrates the Mass Bass-Ackwards Again - "The truly backwards way to say Mass is 'facing the people,' or 'versus populum.'"

I am the Immaculate Conception - "We must be struck by the directness and immediacy with which Our Lady spoke to the young Bernadette at Lourdes: 'I am the Immaculate Conception.' She does not say 'I have been immaculately conceived'"

The Relevance of Holiness - "It was highly improbable that the Immaculate Conception herself would choose this fourteen-year-old girl whose own living conditions were so very far from immaculate. Bernadette understood that the Blessed Mother had demonstrated great humility in appearing to her, conversing with her and asking for her aid, and asking so kindly and respectfully."
What Would Ronald Reagan Do? - "Despite the formidable obstacles before us, we must not lose heart. This is not the first time our country has been divided by a Supreme Court decision that denied the value of certain human lives. The Dred Scott decision of 1857 was not overturned in a day, or a year, or even a decade."

Compare and Contrast: Super Bowl and the Mass, Football and Faith - "So many Catholics are dedicated to the game. They even come to Church wearing the jersey of their team and someone else’s name on their back! Let’s compare and contrast some of the aspects of football and see if the same kind of thrill and dedication are exhibited to the Lord, the Mass and the Church."

Is it a sin not to pray every day? - "Yes.  It is a sin not to pray every day... Not praying daily indicates a lukewarm view of God in your life... Not praying puts your soul in danger, which is a sin."

Donald Trump = Pro-life? and calls for repeal of Obama-care

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