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 Little Proof of a Large Thing - "Our bodies, and the pattern of our lives, make a gesture which is meaningful because of the very fact that some pattern exists. There is not nothing, and there is not chaos: there are patterns, and I cannot unsee them."
Cerberus – the Mythical Three Headed Dog as an Allegory for What Ails Us - "Cereberus, the three-headed dog, or course is not real, but allegorical and he helps ensure our entrance and also our stay in cultural Hades by his three-fold threat of: Secularism, Materialism, and Individualism. These three threats are represented by his three heads."
The Moral Cost of Cooperation in Evil - "The fact that the victim of abortion, including a “contraceptive abortion,” is small and defenseless, having little cultural or civil protection, only makes the evil greater — and the duty to oppose it greater as well."
Obamacare $1 Abortion Payment Surcharge Upsets Pro-Lifers - "...the Obama administration has issued the final rules on abortion funding governing the controversial health care law allowing for a $1 abortion insurance payment surcharge."
Catholic Bishops Unified in Vow to Fight Obama HHS Mandate - "The U.S. bishops are strongly united in their ongoing and determined efforts to protect religious freedom, the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) said in a statement..."
No Compromise - "...the structure of the moral and political argument, then and now [between that of Communist Poland in 1953 and the HHS mandate in the U.S. today], is eerily similar . In both cases, an overweening and arrogant government tries, through the use of coercive power, to make the Church a subsidiary of the state."
2030 Revisited - "Today is not a time for optimism or pessimism but rather for Augustinian realism, lived through faith, hope, and charity and faithfulness to Christ and His Church."
Jesus Wants Gays to Be Happy - "As Catholics and Christians we undermine the faith when we fail to address the legitimate concern for the individual that has motivated so many to accept gay marriage. 'What would you say to your son?' We hardly ever answer that question directly, but begin sputtering."
Church of England Bishop Rallies To Prevent a Catholic King - "That would seem to be a reverse Henry 8th but the Church of England has been publicly decapitating themselves for so long, I think we’re all just waiting for the head to roll."
Faithful Learning - "Education is defined more by the student than by the teacher, because what you bring into the classroom affects what you get out of it."
Virtuous Friendships: What They Are, Why They Matter - "I can personally testify that the friends I have who share a deep love for God, and particularly my devoutly Catholic friends, call me to higher level of sanctity and enrich my life."
Forgiveness, Cell By Cell - "The decision to forgive is a bandage that covers up the wound. The actual process of forgiveness, though, is the same as physical healing: it is a mundane and hidden battle that happens on a microscopic level, restoring us cell by cell by cell."
7 Surprising Things About Having a Big Family - "In some ways big family life is harder than I would have guessed; in other ways it’s easier. Overall, it’s simply…not what I would have imagined."
8 Tips for Catholics With Doubts - "So for my acquaintance who’s questioning her faith, as well as anyone else who might be struggling with beliefs that used to come naturally to them, here are the top tips I think you might find helpful..."
Was Jesus Ugly? - [Interesting question...and an interesting answer, as always, from Jimmy Akin.]
Oh Ricky Your So Fine Your So Fine You blow my mind! Hey Ricky! - [I am a Santorum fan...but I also posted this article for the title. My 5-year-old daughter loves that song.]
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