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.