Every fortnight, I do a round-up of my favourite posts, what caught my eye, made me laugh or got me thinking.
1. Being Catholic Is Awesome (Explained by Disney Princesses) — Sarah Jessica Catherine
10.) Fangirling about Jesus – Who doesn’t like to talk about Jesus? He’s so awesome and I mean, he died for our sins and all. Basically he’s the coolest person in the universe. (Fangirling as I write this).
2. Why Atheists Change Their Minds: 8 Common Factors — Matt Nelson, Strange Notions
“I once thought I’d be a lifelong atheist. Then I became desperately unhappy, read up on philosophy and various religions (while assiduously avoiding Christianity), and waited for something to make sense. I was initially appalled when Christianity began to look like the sensible thing, surprised when I wanted to be baptized, and stunned that I ended up a Catholic.”
3. “Y’all Need Jesus!” (or, Where People Writing to Christian Singles Fail) — Grace, Even the Wilderness
You are not single because you don’t love Jesus enough. We are creatures of little love, greedy, selfish, proud, vain. Plenty of single people are horrible people. Plenty of married people are also horrible people. Me, I’m somewhere between Blessed Mother Teresa and Hitler.
4. Slay Your Dragons Before Victory: 3 Disciplines for Achieving Daily Victory — Michael Hyatt
I face a dragon named Lethargy every morning. It has three heads: Pneuma (spiritual), Soma (physical), and Nous (intellectual). If I don’t slay this dragon before breakfast, he usually gets the best of me.
5. 15 of Soren Kierkegaard’s Most Challenging Quotes — Relevant Mag
The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly.
6. The First E-pistle of @SaulOfTarsus to His Followers on Instagram — First Things
Zealotry makes others uncomfortable, and we strive to be comfortable: socially, politically, ideologically, and economically, almost more than we strive to be anything else. Avoiding the saccharine sacred, we opt for the authentically risk-averse profane; cohabitation instead of marriage, ugly Christmas sweater parties instead of Christmas parties. The norm, a reconquest, retrofitted, and renamed: new vintages in heritage wine skins. Decant it be true?
7. The Wisest Advice my Mum Gave Me about Love — Verily
My parents’ example has taught me that love is not give and take, it’s about giving of yourself without any expectation of reward. Mutual love has no tally card; it’s a generous outpouring in every direction.
Also, I’m so keen for this.
What I’m Writing
- Stuck in a Double-Bind: Secularism, Scripture Classes & Gadding About
- 55 Maxims for Christian Living
- I’m Travelling to Europe! (Help me plan my trip, maybe?)
What I’m Reading
Arriving at Amen: Seven Catholic Prayers That Even I Can Offer by Leah Libresco
The Headmistress of Rosemere by Sarah E. Ladd
So that’s what’s been on my bedside table, how about you? Any good articles, blogs or books I’m missing?