Sunday, January 1, 2012

Sunday Snippets—A Catholic Carnival (Week 19)

Sunday Snippets is a circle of traded posts hosted by RAnn at This That and the Other Thing.  Please follow this link to find a very interesting and Bohemian a clutch of fellow Catholic bloggers!

Actually, now that I think about it ... "Catholic Carnival" is almost redundant, as "carnival" stems from Carnevale, the "farewell to meat" celebrations that culminate on Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras).

A-a-a-anyway .... HAPPY 2012, EVERYBODY!

I didn't participate last Sunday, as I'd taken Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off from blogging.  Also, this last week I haven't written anything for Lisa Graas.  So I have both more and less to choose from this Sunday:

  • Do religious beliefs matter? In which Your Humble Blogger looks at a very common attitude among people: the belief that religion is merely a personal preference, that "It doesn’t matter what religion you choose to follow if it works for you."
  • 2011: the 1968 of the New Evangelization — Nineteen sixty-eight was a watershed year for the forces behind the "culture of death", a year of promises soured and anger unleashed ... the year Paul VI promulgated Humanae Vitae, a prophetic work that nonetheless many people held responsible for declining Mass attendance and the rise of the "cafeteria Catholic".  This year, I believe, marks the point at which the pendulum starts swinging back in our favor, and the "culture of death" begins to be beaten back.
  • Ecclesial Backbone Award 2011 — Today, Sunday, the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, is the last day to vote for the bishop who has shown the most backbone this last year!  You can find out more about the award here and here!
  • Riddle-games, shape-changers and screen adaptations — In which I write about one of my all-time favorite book series, the "Riddle-Master" trilogy by Patricia A. McKillip.
  • Can't we just be friends? — Injecting sexuality and sexual tension into every relationship has gotten old, passé; "bromance" and "man-crush" were clichés as soon as they were coined.  Even where sexual tension legitimately exists it need not be explored or even mentioned.  The absurdity of the "bromance" and the "man-crush" is simply another example of how "sexual freedom" spoils sex itself.
Those are the highlights of the last two weeks!  Thanks for stopping by, and have a happy and blessed New Year!