Monday, January 2, 2017

9th Day of Christmas: Light of the Stable and Best Posts of 2016

     Merry Christmas!  Today is the 9th Day of Christmas; the Christmas season officially ends one week from today, with the Baptism of Our Lord. I've included links below to 12 (ok, 13) favorite posts from the past year, both from this blog and from Nisi Dominus - please feel free to look through: you might find something interesting.

Nativity, Petrus Christus
   But first, let's keep the Christmas lights burning a little longer.  This is the first day of the Christmas Season that is not a solemnity, and for some of us (particularly if we are teachers or students) it's the first ordinary work day since the Feast of the Nativity itself.  Today seems a good day for the clip below, a lovely little Christmas song written in 1975 by Steve and Elizabeth Rhymer, and first recorded that year by Emmylou Harris (with some vocal help from her friends Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt, and Dolly Parton): 

Hail, hail to the newborn king
Let our voices sing him our praises
Hail, hail to the guiding light
That brought us tonight to our savior

Ale, alleluia, alle, alleluia
Ale, alleluia, alle, alleluia

Come now, there it shines so bright
To the knowing light of the stable
Lean close to the child so dear
Cast aside your fear and the thankful

Ale, alleluia, alle, alleluia
Ale, alleluia, alle, alleluia


8 Feb - Some people get very upset when an ad hawking tortilla chips implies that unborn babies might be, you know, human:  “Life Sells Chips (or, Chips Sell Life)” PF

29 Feb - Whoever said the age of miracles is over hasn’t been paying attention to the news: “Seen Any Miracles Lately?” PF

21 March - So, who’s the real prodigal in the story, and who is the worse sinner? “Confession, Jonah, & the Prodigal’s Sons” PF

10 April - The Franciscan Nun who founded EWTN and long-time sports broadcaster Joe Garagiola both died in the same week; they may have more in common than you realize: “Mother Angelica & Brother Joe” ND

1 May - There be Dragons everywhere you look - just ask St. George, Michael Voris, and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: “Fighting Dragons, Inside and Out” ND

21 May - Sharing the Good News is not a microaggression, but Mercy isn’t always easy: “Evangelization, Prayer, & the Spiritual Works of Mercy” ND

27 June - A meditation on love, murder, and a home-town Civil War Mystery: “Charleston, the Stranger & Orlando: The Power of Forgiveness” ND

7 October - Ok, you thought that you’d seen it all,didn’t you? Well, guess what . . . “The Satan Club: One H@!! of an After School Club for Children” ND

16 October - How rational is it to think we can build a perfect world without The Way, The Truth, and The Life? “Slavery in Rationalia” ND
23 October - In which I argue that the Church really does have something to say about wearing underwear as outerwear, and women’s MMA fighting: “Has Modesty Become A Dirty Word? Yoga Pants, Cage Fighting & Catholic Teaching” ND

8 November - You’ve gotta serve somebody, people, but there’s only one Master who can give you true freedom: “Prophet Samuel,The Candidates, & the Letter to Diognetus” ND

13 November - Just when you thought people couldn’t get any more crass . . . vasectomy showers! “A Tribute Vice Pays to Itself (Vasectomy Showers, etc.)” ND

3 December -  How an episode of Star Trek illuminates the priest’s traditional orientation at Mass: “Darmok and Jalod Ad Orientem” ND