Friday, January 13, 2012

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...

Two Interesting Arguments for God: Intelligibility & Desire - "I wanted to share two simple arguments for God's existence that I don't see used very often :the argument from intelligibility, and the argument from desire."
Theology: The Spiritual Danger of the Bella Figura - "As the Church, the body of Christ, we are at our best when we see ourselves for who we are—fallen men and women in need of a savior."

Converts and the symphony of truth - "If there is a thread running through these diverse personalities, it may be this: that men and women of intellect, culture and accomplishment have found in Catholicism what Blessed John Paul II called the 'symphony of truth.'"

How the Church Fathers Can Help Us Engage the Culture for Christ - "...despite the limits of argument, we should never fail to offer arguments when they are demanded of us."

What Makes Norman Rockwell Possible? - "Though he wasn’t a regular churchgoer, he seems to have beheld the world with a sensibility that, in the history of the world, has only developed within a Christian civilization. It is what made his art conceivable."

Controversial John Paul II statue will get makeover - [Well, that's good to know. If you've seen it, you'll know why.]

Art & Liturgy: The Splendor of Faith - "In manifesting the underlying principles of the Catholic faith, liturgical art is integral to both the lex orandi (mode of prayer) and the lex credendi (mode of belief) of the Church."

"Marky Mark" Grew Up And Digs the New Translation - [Watch the video - it's refreshing to hear a celebrity talk about family and faith in this way.]

Jehovah’s Witnesses Came by Today - [More Catholics should be prepared to do what this author did.]

Should priests with effeminate manners work to correct them? - [Interesting question... As usual, a hard-hitting answer from Fr. Z.]

Conservatives Remain the Largest Ideological Group in U.S. - [Good news on the political front. Hopefully this is a trend for the future.]

And finally, I saw this posted at a blog I happened upon:
"True story. Someplace 'out East' (as we say in the Midwest). Second Sunday of Advent. Pastor began Mass by reporting that he received an angry letter from a parishioner. Seems the priest had changed all the words of the Mass last Sunday, even the consecration. “If you don’t stop this immediately, I’ll report you to the Pope."

I've been slow getting back into blogging after the Christmas Season, so I threw these links together at the last minute. Feel free to post any other links of interest in the Comments Section below.

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