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...
Open Your Home to the Sacred Heart of Jesus - "Families are changed by making the Sacred Heart the center of their homes."
Why Jesus used bread (rather than the Paschal Lamb) for the Eucharist - "The Lord could have used any food-product as the material 'stuff' of the Eucharist. In fact, Jesus did choose to use bread and wine, but he was not bound to do so."
Are Christ's Veins, Teeth, and Fingers in the Holy Eucharist? St Thomas Aquinas answers
Big Government as the rival and enemy of religion - "The cultural Left is turning the Catholic faithful into anti-authoritarians. What should have been obvious is becoming clearer to religious conservatives: Government is always a rival, and often an enemy, of religion."
National Character Test: Morality and Religious Freedom Matter - "...as Alexis de Tocqueville presciently observed in his masterwork, Democracy in America, is that our experiment in ordered liberty depends on the strength of our national character, and that means social issues and moral principles matter."
5 Reasons the Kids-of-Gay-Parents Study Means Its Time for Gay Marriage Supporters to Revisit Their Assumptions - "My particular hope in all of this is that individuals who originally changed their views about marriage because of previous misleading research about child outcomes display the intellectual honesty to revisit their support of same-sex marriage now that we have more conclusive evidence to the contrary."
Transsexuals, Extreme Plastic Surgery, and What We Can Learn from Both - "I think that we, as a society, should take a closer look at our contradictory views on these two related issues, because we can learn something from our reactions to both types of situations."
What’s the Next Stage of Liturgical Renewal? - "There are two things that absolutely must change at the next stage. There needs to be an absolute focus on the need for the sung propers at Mass never to be replaced by random hymns...In addition, the taboo about Mass facing the people needs to be broken. The orientation of the priest and the people needs to be the same: toward the East and the risen Christ."
What if Jesus Had Been Accepted as the Messiah? - [Interesting point to ponder.]
Excommunication as a Restorative Measure - "Excommunication is a punitive device on the part of the Church and is more than merely denying holy Communion. It also publicly rebukes and shames the person."
Yaya Meets St. Anthony - "My mother-in-law, Yaya, is Baptist. ...I rarely bring up the areas of Christian doctrine where Baptists and Catholics differ. In general, I figure there’s no need to wade into controversial territory and risk causing tension between us."