links & the like {23 Nov 2014}

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Fave Read of the Week Twelve Surprises about Catholicism and Evangelicalism by Patrick Lecioni (The Integrated Catholic Life) Over the past dozen years I’ve had the amazing and accidental opportunity to do something few Christians get to do: dive deeply into both the Catholic and Evangelical worlds.  That experience has been enlightening, confusing, encouraging, frustrating and inspiring all at once.  As a result, I’ve arrived at 12 realizations that surprised me about each side of Christianity, and the overlap between… …Continue Reading

Christ is King: Pius XI, a Statue in Poland, and the Argonath

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It’s the Feast Day of Christ the King! In his encyclical Quas Primas, Pope Pius XI asked all Christians to acknowledge Jesus as their King, to renewal their baptismal promises, to defend the rights of God and the Church, and to commit to bringing Christ’s Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. There’s a traditional prayer of consecration to Christ the King but me being me, I tweaked it a little. Today, this is my prayer and my promise. Christ… …Continue Reading

Rabbi Lord Sacks: Marriage is the Love that Brings New Life

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“When a man and woman turn to one another in a bond of faithfulness, God robes them in garments of light, and we come as close as we will ever get to God himself, bringing new life into being, turning the prose of biology into the poetry of the human spirit, redeeming the darkness of the world by the radiance of love.” Rabbi Lord Sacks is the former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. Yesterday, he gave an… …Continue Reading

If I Were Founding a Church, I’d Have Women Priests Too. But I’m Not.

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Well, this ought to upset a few people! In an interview, Sean Cardinal O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston has said that If I were founding a church, I’d love to have women priests. But Christ founded it, and what he has given us is something different. Well, if I were founding a church, I’d have women priests too. I’d have lots of other things too like married priests, liturgies by candlelight only, a sacrament for consecrated religious, a tax on… …Continue Reading

links & the like {16 Nov 2014}

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Fave Read of the Week 3 Things That Almost Guarantee Teens Stay Catholic by Fr. Matthew P. Schneider It is surprising that the experiences that most affect teens, are those which we adults can foster if we are intentional yet which are not often seen in Catholic parishes. These three experiences are really what underlies the buzzword: “comprehensive youth ministry.” Other Great Reads From Abel to Zechariah: Did Christ Confirm the Protestant Canon? by Joe Heschmeyer (Shameless Popery) But Have… …Continue Reading