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...
Inaugural Homily of Pope Francis Invites Us All to be Protectors - "How does Joseph respond to his calling to be the protector of Mary, Jesus and the Church? By being constantly attentive to God, open to the signs of God's presence and receptive to God's plans, and not simply to his own." [Includes video]
Greek Patriarch to Attend Papal Inaugural Mass for First Time Since 1054 - "...this is an unprecedented event in modern times, and Bartholomew noted that, even before the schism, a patriarch from Istanbul did not usually attend a papal inauguration."
What I Saw at the Installation Mass - "Some details about the events of March 19 appear below..."
9 things you need to know about Pope Francis's inaugural Mass
Video: Pope Francis before his Inaugural Mass stepping down from popemobile to bless disabled man. Very moving.
Video: Pope Francis prays before the tomb of St. Peter
Pope Francis greets parishioners outside church after Mass - [One more video that shows Pope Francis' unique style.]
Should We Be Concerned About Pope Francis's Inaugural Mass? - [Jimmy Akin does a great job answering some liturgical concerns people may have had before the Inaugural Mass...and also here.] See also: Is Pope Francis a Liturgical Liberal? and this: The Liturgical Direction of Pope Francis: A Diatribe Against the Diatribes
Pope Francis and the Case for (Guarded) Traditionalist Optimism - "If Pope Francis strikes down Summorum Pontificium then we can start worrying. Yet why don't we wait until that happens, and not before?"
What Does The Pope’s Motto Really Say? The Latin motto explained - The motto of Pope, 'Miserando Atque Eligendo' has aroused some people to send me questions." And this: Pope Francis’ coat of arms and motto, explained
Pope Francis in no hurry to move into papal apartment - "More than a week after his election, he’s still residing in the Vatican’s modern guest house, the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he eats meals with others in the common dining room and can walk to some of his appointments in the Vatican." See also: Black Shoes and In the Vatican, The Pope of Chaos also this:Vatican guards find Pope Francis' openness a handful
Pope Francis takes over Vatican's top secret dossiers -"Fr. Georg has the task of guiding Bergoglio in his journey through the Vatican's secrets"
The early signs are clear. Pope Francis is a reformer. - [This piece is from just a couple of days after the Conclave...but it still rings true.]
On Holy Thursday, Pope To Prison - "In a sudden announcement this morning from the Holy See, Pope Francis has yet again turned Vatican protocol on its head – shredding the earlier plan to begin the Easter Triduum in St Peter's Basilica, the new pontiff has instead opted to go to a juvenile prison in Rome to celebrate Holy Thursday's Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper, at which he'll wash the feet of 12 inmates."
'Unpredictable pope' to wash feet of 12 prisoners - See also: Unclean - "He's really going to put his example of service right in front of our faces, over and over again until we get it."
In Defense of Benedict XVI: The Diametric Diatribes - "First, the pundits will say that Francis is a model of humility. There is nothing wrong with this of course, except for the unspoken suggestion that Benedict was not. Humility comes in many forms."
Benedict XVI Put Liturgy Front and Center - "The revivification of true liturgical reform was inspired not so much by the Holy Father’s words, as important as they were. It was primarily inspired by his actions. He had a devotion to the liturgy that was manifested in the joyful and solemn way he celebrated it."
Holy Father’s Election: Surprise Within Continuity - "We’re all obviously still getting to know him, but what can we say about Pope Francis thus far? How does he compare to his recent predecessors?"
A New Francis - "I am a Benedictine oblate and will always love St Benedict and love Benedict XVI for his amazing papacy, but I’m ready now for a Franciscan spirit in the church and look forward to the next amazing chapter in the great saga of Christ’s One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church."
Mary Untier of Knots - Pope Francis' Favorite Marian Image - "It is interesting that this Marian devotion of Pope Francis is rooted in Bavaria - it therefore creates a bridge between the Pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI and that of Pope Francis."
Headline: The First Green Pope - [Not exactly... Read the article to find out why. The media tries desperately to find their story and often get it wrong.]
Liberals will soon turn on Pope Francis - [Insightful piece from Fr. Z.] See also: MSM Starts Its Smear Campaign Against Pope Francis
The media wants ‘reform’ but what we really need is renewal - "The perceived demand for reform needs, then, to be contrasted with the evidence that the Church is not so much dying, but evolving."
Suffereing the Unsufferable Fools - "It’s hard for you to grasp this, I know, but the Church belongs to Christ, not you. Christ is not impressed by your ideas. Christ is not intimidated by your pompous arguments. Christ is not persuaded to change the Truth to suit you or anyone else. If the gates of Hell itself will never prevail against His Church, what makes you think you will?"
Biden: I Must Attend Mass for Pope Francis or “I’ll Lose My Soul” - [Uuuumm... If you think that's how the deal works, then you have some big problems.]
Doubters of Darwin, here's your evidence - "If the research is confirmed, then it will add itself to the growing mountain of evidence that supports the widely accepted consensus that Darwinian evolution is the mechanism by which organisms evolve."
Discounting Parents’ Rights - "According to our esteemed Attorney General, the right to choose the best education for your child is not a fundamental individual liberty. When it comes to the education of our children, the government – not the parents – is the final authority."
The Supreme Court’s First Assault on Marriage - "In its forthcoming decision, the Court may give marriage the legal coup de grace. Or it may surprise us, redeem itself, and use the occasion to correct the drift of legal thought on sexuality, marriage, and the rights of children. All three are inextricably linked."
I’m Gay and I Oppose Same-Sex Marriage - "The notion of same-sex marriage is implausible, yet political correctness has made stating the obvious a risky business. Genderless marriage is not marriage at all. It is something else entirely."
Cookie Cutter Christians - "The reason that the Church is the world’s most aggressive adversary against mindless passivity and blind conformity is precisely because she stands by the truth."
Top 10 Reasons our Kids Leave Church - [This piece is about evangelical Christians...but the lessons learned there can certainly translate into a better understanding of our Catholic faith and our youth.]
Interesting short video from Fr. Barron: Is beauty really all in the eye of the beholder?