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 day late...and not as many articles as I would have liked...but at least I got it posted.]
On Feast of Corpus Christi, Pope Emphasizes Importance of Adoration - "The Pope explained that there is no contradiction or conflict between Christ worshiped in the Mass and Christ adored outside the sacred liturgy, since 'communion and contemplation cannot be separated; they go together.'"
Americans Stand Up for Religious Freedom on Bill of Rights’ Anniversary - "The rallies, coordinated by the Pro-Life Action League and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, provided an opportunity for citizens to add their voices to the current legislation efforts and judicial reviews that are already underway."
The Trinitarian Family - [A brief post explaining the significance of the Trinity in honor of Trinity Sunday, June 3.]
Pope to Families: Love 'Is the Only Force That Can Truly Transform the World' - "Your vocation is not easy to live, especially today, but the vocation to love is a wonderful thing, it is the only force that can truly transform the world."
How Can We Know What's True? - "What opened my heart to the Catholic Church was discovering that my Evangelical Protestant method of determining truth did not work, leading only to a cacophony of conflicting opinions, dividing Christians from other Christians."
Rallying Cry for Religious Freedom Goes Out This Friday - On Friday, June 8, the 223rd anniversary of James Madison’s introduction of the Bill of Rights to the first Congress, tens of thousands of people are expected to publicly defend a chief guarantee of the Bill of Right’s First Amendment, the free exercise of religion — and that in its fullest sense: not forcing people to violate their religious beliefs."
Should a Christian Support Obama - "...I cannot sit by in silence and approve of an individual’s choice to continually strip dignity and humanity away from innocent human children. So, THIS is one of the reasons why as a Christian I MUST speak out against our current president."
Freedom of “worship” vs. “religion” — again - "The larger civic argument...focuses on whether government officials can decree that 'freedom of worship' is more worthy of protection than 'freedom of religion,' a much broader constitutional concept."
Is anti-Catholicism on the rise? - "It’s not that people shouldn’t be able to voice disagreement over certain issues. ...[But] one can’t help but notice the overwhelming amount of animosity directed towards those who uphold the teachings of the Church."
What’s Going on With the LCWR? - [A nice little review of what is going on with this Catholic women's group.] The document includes an account of the events leading to its publication. It fully acknowledges the good works accomplished by the women religious of the LCWR communities, but finds that there are serious problems with the LCWR activities.
Pollen is evidence that the Holy Shroud is indeed a winding sheet - "According to university researchers the pollen found in the Turin Shroud corresponds to that of flowers used for funerals in Asia Minor 2000 years ago."
Is the Sacred Host the flesh of Christ's Sacred Heart? - [Concerning Eucharistic miracles where the host is transformed into heart tissue...] "Though it is not (and cannot be) a piece of the physical Heart of Jesus – for this Sacred Heart is now whole and complete in Heaven, in our Savior’s glorified body – the tissue reminds us in the most vivid terms that the Eucharist is really and truly Jesus, and that he gives us his Heart (that is, the fullness of his Love) in the Eucharist."
Raising Saintly Children When I’m A Big Ol’ Sinner - "I don’t think I’ve had a lot to do with that, it’s more in spite of me than because of my handiwork. These children are the direct result of a lot of prayer."
A Quick Catechesis on Sin (With Pictures) - [Very clever use of images to convey some profound insights.]
God Bless the Brewers of the World: The Feast of St. Boniface - "...I was simply stunned to meet students who thought drinking a sin, and a rather serious one. Really? Jesus drank, I replied, in total earnestness..."