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Sunday Snippets Recap

Just in time for the opening of this week’s Sunday Snippets submissions comes my highlights from last week’s. That’s sort of on time, right?

  • Anthony laments the general public’s knowledge of what logic, morality, and philosophy truly are. I agree. It’s much like I mentioned in a previous post about how nonreligious people seem offended by religious people’s simply being religious. It’s as though the only acceptable path of acceptance is to give up your right to do what you want. I will add a mini-lament that most people have never seen formal academic debate of the type that debate teams do, so they have no idea what it really means to debate something. “Debate” is not code for “sanctioned oral fighting.”
  • For Father’s Day, NC Sue recounts a reflection she gave at her father’s memorial service. It sounds like he was a great example of a faithful Catholic husband.
  • For the week, Kathleen shared several great posts. Her engagement story is lovely. You know a marriage is grounded in the Church when the beginning of the preparations for it happens literally in the church! She also reflects on the relationship between chores, sex, and marriage. I agree completely with her ideas. Marriage is supposed to be about mutual giving and receiving. You can’t expect to receive without giving first and in return. There’s a word for that: it’s “use.”

Here’s hoping that I’ll have highlights for today before next Sunday.

Sunday Snippets: Last Week

It turns out that (a) I accidentally gave my other Sunday Snippets post a date at the end of May (which it strangely retained when I finished the draft last night), and (b) I wasn’t as far behind as I thought.

The highlight of last week’s carnival featured the following highlights (although, alas, not a post by me):

  • Magister Christianus announced his twentieth wedding anniversary. That is so many years. My own parents will celebrate their thirtieth next April. I heard on KLOVE last week of the couple that holds the world’s record for the longest marriage: 87 years! They are 105 and 107 and still happy together. They even tweeted marriage advice last year! Now that is a good example of (Christian) marriage.
  • Kathleen posted an ultrasound photo of her new baby at the end of the first trimester. I must not have ever known when the ultrasound photos I’ve seen were taken, because to me, that baby looks huge. It’s a good huge, of course, but wow. Maybe it’s zoomed?

There were a lot of newcomers last week. Many of them don’t seem to understand how to link up their contributions for the week, but there’s plenty of time to learn that later.

Sunday Snippets: So Long Ago

I posted to two Sunday Snippets in a row! I felt so accomplished! Then I went out of town and fell off the face of my blog for a week and a half. Oh, well.

RAnn hosted three weeks ago at her blog, as usual. Highlights include:

  • Raven’s post in response to a recently mangled news story about a rumble between pro-life and pro-choice protesters in Australia. I’m glad I’m a “Death/Roe” survivor.
  • Kathleen responds to Harold Camping’s prediction of the end of the world on May 21. I agree with her conclusion that you can’t actually live every day like it’s your last. I often intentionally try to end the day with no regrets. I do an examination of conscience before bed every night (usually within Night Prayer, but even outside of it), and then I go to sleep with the comfort of knowing (a) that God is watching over me, and (b) if I don’t wake up in the morning, at least I made my peace with this day. For me, that’s infinitely better than knowing when the world will end.

And from two weeks ago:

  • Kathleen posted about the concept of “doing it all” as a parent. Her conclusion (the same as at least one commenter’s) is that you simply do it. I wholeheartedly agree. I don’t have kids, but I’ve done many things I wasn’t sure I’d be able to do: everything from teaching to moving myself into this apartment. When you don’t have a choice about whether you can take on something new, such as having a new baby on the way, you just find a way to make it work. It might not go off without a hitch, but that’s what hope is for.
  • Magister Christianus recounts a conversation he observed among Protestants about Catholicism. Even taking into account the new Catholic myths, I definitely encounter many people who don’t really get Catholicism. I mean, I was confirmed into it before I really started to get it! I do make it a point to keep in mind that even what I know about Protestantism rarely applies to every Protestant or even to most. Part of that diversity is just the nature of Protestantism and evangelicalism, but I also give them the benefit of a doubt. Many a famous Protestant has crossed the Tiber.
  • Carol offers a brief post about the Solemnity of the Ascension. I’ve never even visited any of the few U.S. dioceses that still celebrate it on the proper day, let alone been there on Ascension Thursday, but I would definitely be in favor of reinstating the proper day. I will admit that I screwed up this year’s Pentecost novena (after finally remembering Day 1, too!), but it would be a great opportunity for catechesis on novenas if we observed Ascension Thursday in more dioceses. All the U.S. bishops recognize the importance of the Immaculate Conception by not allowing it to be abrogated to a Sunday even when it falls on a Saturday; why not so with a solemnity of the Lord?

The catch-up is to be continued.

Sunday Snippets #108

I wrote such a clearly Catholic post last week that I actually remembered to participate in Sunday Snippets! RAnn hosted at her blog, as usual.

Highlights:

  • AJ of Varsity Catholic, an arm of FOCUS, posted about the community he built with the baseball team at Seton Hall. He will miss them even as they miss one who should have been among them. I’ve felt the same bittersweet happiness as students I taught are graduating. One even friended me on facebook, and graduation was just tonight!
  • Raven reports on a dissident bishop in his home of Australia who recently left office. The articles Raven links are both very polarized, so it’s hard to get a balanced view. I believe that the fundamental problem is that many people forget that the priesthood is a free choice. If you don’t think you can handle chastity, poverty, and obedience, don’t try to become a priest. In this case, I also feel that a bishop should be an example for the people. As a priest, your life is no longer just your own. You voluntarily gave up a lot of the rights you had to do what you want. Much is required from those to whom much is given (Luke 12:48)–and those who choose to give much.
  • Kathleen offers a very important post for all who consider themselves pro-life. That label covers more than just opposing abortion. If you take it, you have to take all of it. Kathleen also writes about her real-life experience with whole-village child-raising. If only we could be so trusting again.

Sunday Snippets: April 4, 2011

Even in my flurry of increased posting, I don’t always remember about Sunday Snippets. I did this week, though, since I had my mission trip post to share. I will admit that I don’t always read every post (some of the bloggers just don’t interest me, but it’s worth checking out the host post if you like reading Catholic blogs), but my highlights are as follows.

RAnn, who hosts the carnival every week using Mr. Linky (which is great except that some of the participants clearly don’t understand how to use it), offered a post on writing negative (book) reviews. As you can see from my last set of movie reviews, I am not shy about saying when I didn’t like something. I don’t read at nearly the breadth or pace as RAnn, though, so my negative reviews attract less attention. Like her (and every student I’ve ever taught to write), I think the most important aspect of any review is the reasoning. If I didn’t like it because it scared me, you might be super excited because you like being scared on purpose, and I do not understand you.

Wynken, whose blog I always enjoy if only for the hometown shout-outs, also discovered the magical Coke machine that I blogged about recently. He also posts about, thankfully, the end of a use of cells from aborted fetuses so disgusting I can’t even describe it. What is going on with these companies? Are they that desperate for profit?

Sue, whose blog I read for the first time through Sunday Snippets, offers some good pro-life food for thought. Go read the post first.

Now that you’ve read it: I think the judge made a pretty good decision. I think that, if nothing else, it exposes the children to the realities of the world. I’m not sure that 5 is old enough, so I definitely support reevaluating the arrangement after some time, but I think the father did his children a disservice by pretending as though their mother never existed.

Kathleen (another blogger whose writing I greatly enjoy) writes about her preparations to explain to her niece about her daughter, who has Down’s syndrome. I love Kathleen’s approach. Some things simply need to be said, without too much opinion or glossing over, but with honesty. Sometimes I think that referring to anything that others might see as negative as “a gift from God” creates way too much sugar-coating. Following the slippery slope, a natural disaster such as the recent earthquake in Japan is a (tragic, incredibly destructive, and difficult to understand) “gift from God.” I find it much more straightforward to frame differences in that sense: that they are different, but differences are okay. When I explain to people that my mother has a complexion slightly more olive than your average white person, they always seem confused, because we are not white. That’s why I carry our family picture on my iPhone. To the casual observer, we don’t match. When small scares make both of us jump a foot, we absolutely match.

On to the next carnival!

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