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...
A Blessed Christmas - "'Where will you have your Christmas?' A common question this time of the year. What’s it mean?"
Breast-Beating During the Confiteor - "Although the Second Vatican Council requested the removal of "useless repetitions," it must be said that not all repetition is useless."
Investigation concludes on alleged Fulton Sheen miracle - "The documents will now be shipped to the Vatican for consideration. If the alleged miracle is approved by the Pope, U.S. Catholics could witness the first ever beatification on American soil in the Diocese of Peoria, said the foundation."
What Hitting Reply Instead of Forward Taught Me About Sin - "Other people in my RCIA class struggled with the idea of confessing their sins to a priest, but I never had the slightest problem with this practice. Especially after that experience with the mistaken email..."
Can a bishop forbid Mass in Latin? - "What many people don’t realize is that the Second Vatican Council mandate that Latin be retained in the Latin Church’s liturgical worship (SC 36.1). It said that the vernacular could be used at times for some parts of the Mass (SC 36.2)."
Humor Site Revealing of Pro-Abortion Culture - "...when ignorance or dismissal of the sanctity of human life has become this pervasive, it’s safe to say we’ve gone too far in participating in or subsidizing the moral corruption of young adults." [The things reported in this article are disheartening.]
Still Praying For Christopher Hitchens - "I have no reason to think that Hitchens had a sudden religious awakening at the end, but I can hope. I can hope that at the end there was a small crack in the veneer large enough to let in the light."
December is just so busy... Not much time to blog. Check out these sites for more headlines. And post more in the comments section below, if you see anything of interest: