How we celebrated the feast of the Archangels here.
My thoughts on being fired and laid off and a comparison with the Old Testament's Joseph.
Feast of the Guardian Angels here.
Of Babies and Brides - a wedding and a funeral for an infant within hours of each other at our church yesterday.
This caught my eye this week. There is apparently some controversy surrounding Christopher West and his view of Theology of the Body. Steve Kellmeyer at The Fifth Column has been blogging about it. I heard one of Chris West's talks and found it to be quite interesting and even inspiring - just what Catholic couples need to hear before marriage when they are also meeting with doctors and being encouraged to use contraception. But I agree with Mr. Kellmeyer that this part is disturbing:
"Okay. Take a good-hearted couple. If they know their weaknesses, if they know if they were alone together, they would engage in behavior that they shouldn't be engaging in, I will be the first to commend them for not being alone together. Christian, know thyself. But we must not call that virtue.
"Such a couple is continent, but they are not virtuous, in the true sense of the word, in the true Thomistic sense of the word.
"Think of it from this perspective: If the only thing that kept you from having sex before marriage was the fact that you didn't have the opportunity, what does that say about the desires of your heart? And then there is a real and present danger of justifying lust within the marriage.
On Visits to Candyland we had a bizarre discussion of the papacy here.
I happened to read this last week when the church readings included Matthew 18:8-9. Would love to hear Mr. West correlate the two. In the meantime I'm going to take a wait an see approach to him and his materials. It's always a shame when something that could be so helpful to lay Catholics veers off of the deep end.
Also here are two more holy cards from my mother's collection
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