Saturday, April 26, 2014

Sunday Snippets - A Catholic Carnival (27 April 2014)

     Alleluia!  Happy Divine Mercy Sunday, eighth day of the Octave of Easter!
     And welcome to Sunday Snippets - A Catholic Carnival wherein various bloggers gather at This That and the Other Thing under the benevolent eye of RAnn to share their posts for the week.  I invite you to visit the main site (here) and see what my fellow Romish bloggers have on offer.
    This Sunday will be an exciting day: the canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, two extraordinary pontiffs, and two of the most consequential men of the Twentieth Century.  It will also have an extra significance in our home, because two of our sons will be celebrating their 15th birthday. Their names . . . ?  John and Paul. Is that cool, or what?
     Ah, the week past.  One might say it went from the sublime to the ridiculous: I started Sunday morning at Easter Mass, I ended the week at a political convention.  Appropriately, we had a little bit of everything at Principium et Finis this past week:

Sunday - Easter Sunday! and what could be more joyous than the opening to J.S. Bach's curiously neglected Easter Oratorio [here]

Tuesday - A Mark Steyn retrospective on Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ triggered a sort of free-association essay on integrity, faith, etc.  I do think it all made sense in the end, but judge for yourself: "Steyn, Spong, Kempton and the Passion of the Christ" [here]

Wednesday - I can't tell you how many times I've heard abortion apologists proclaim that pro-lifers just care about "fetuses", and don't care about women, don't do anything to help when babies are born, blah,blah,blah . . . Do they offer any proof? Aw, come on, don't let the facts get in the way of a good abortion myth! "Abortion Myth #11" [here]

Thursday - Ever wonder why St.Paul keeps talking about his handwriting?  Well, I did, and I came up with "St. Paul's Autographs (Throwback Thursday Edition)" [here]

Friday - Here we are at the convention!  This is not meant as an endorsement of a particular political party, but as one installment of an ongoing rumination on the proper role of political action in a Christian life (I'm planning a couple more posts involving the convention, approaching it from different angles) [here]

Is politics beneath us?  Maine State Republican Convention 2014