Just a few posts which caught my eye . . .
- Of Faith and Doubt, by Stephen Hand. The Bride and the Dragon :
Let me stammer and search for what I want to say to those who fear they have no faith: Show me a man who does not doubt and I will show you not a man but some kind of robot, or a child.
The very idea of “faith” that Jesus calls us to implies a split, an encounter with the Void, a beholding and transcending of it.
“Lord, I believe, help my unbelief,” the disciple said.
But not every transcending of doubt into faith is firm and steady. Often it is a convoluted process, and that is part of the journey too. . . .
- Imitation Catholic or Illusion, by Alan Phipps. ad altare dei October 20, 2007:
It is no secret that some Protestant churches at times employ somewhat questionable methods in order to attract Catholics into their congregations. This has been more prevalent within the last 10 years, and there has been a particular focus on Hispanic communities. The idea is to transplant various Catholic terminology and devotional practices into a Protestant setting. Sometimes, folks can’t even tell that they’re not at a Catholic church . . .
- Can German church art and architecture get any worse? from Closed Cafeteria, photos from a German seminary, dedicated by Cardinal Lehmann. Looks like a stained glass rendition of a Cheetoh and an alter that came from a Gitmo interrogation room.
- “Abortion isn’t a religious issue”, says Garry Wills, taking a swipe at evangelical Christians.
“Oh really?” responds St. Blog’s own Greg Popcack, in Give Garry Wills that old-time religion” Los Angeles Times
November 9, 2007).
And on a lighter note . . .
- ‘The Last Supper’ in 16 Billion Pixels, By Mike Nizza. New York Times “The Lede” [blog] Oct. 29, 2007:
In the old days, seeing “The Last Supper” meant flying to Milan and then waiting on a long line. Over the weekend, though, a high-definition digital image of the painting was posted to the Web by HAL9000, an Italian company named after the icewater-voiced computer in the film “2001: Space Odyssey.”
- Harry Potter and the Tattoo of Regret (A.K.A. “It seemed like a good idea at the time” Edition), by Nick Gillespie | Reason Magazine blog:
Ernest Hemingway once said that all true stories end in death. In my experience, all tattoo stories end with the slowly sobering-up recipient opining, “It seemed like a good idea at the time.”
The latest instance of this takes off from the recent revelation by Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling that the esteemed headmaster of Hogwarts Academy, Albus Dumbledore, was in fact gay.
Lastly, two great causes worth supporting that I came across recently:
- Good Counsel Homes
Good Counsel is a private Catholic agency whose primary mission is to help homeless pregnant women by providing a loving family environment in a safe and secure shelter. Begun in 1985 by Fr. Benedict Groeschel and Chris Bell, both leaders in the pro-life movement, Good Counsel has grown to five homes in the New York greater metropolitan area.
Working closely with the Sisters of Life through our Lumina outreach we have developed an outstanding program of support and healing for those suffering from abortion related problems.
- DonorsChoose.Org – DonorsChoose.org is a simple way to provide students in need with resources that our public schools often lack. At this not-for-profit web site, teachers submit project proposals for materials or experiences their students need to learn. These ideas become classroom reality when concerned individuals, whom we call Citizen Philanthropists, choose projects to fund.
Any individual can search such proposals by areas of interest, learn about classroom needs, and choose to fund the project(s) they find most compelling. In completing a project, donors receive a feedback package of student photos and thank-you notes, and a teacher impact letter.