Saturday, December 14, 2013

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (Volume 13:50)

Ah-HAH! Finally found the photo I used to use for this segment!

Although I post links to pieces I've written through the week here, this feature really isn't about me. If you want to read what I've done the last week — and this week it wasn't much to speak of — you can always go to my archives here and on The Other Blog. Heck, you can just scroll down the page and click the titles you want to read.

No, the real purpose of this post is to direct you to RAnn's blog, This That and the Other Thing, where once a week she holds a virtual kaffeklatsch called "Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival". This will lead you to other posts like this, where Catholics from around the blogosphere — most of whom you may not know — have their own efforts linked. You can always go to New Advent or BigPulpit to find the big-leaguer Catholic writers and the more promising of the farm-club players. But if you're a true aficionado, you can find some tasty writing among us sand-lot and small-town players. That's also why I promote Catholic Stand and New Evangelist Monthly — it ain't just because the editors of those outlets were kind enough to ask me to contribute.

So anyway: In Outside the Asylum, I offer you "The 'starter job' myth and economic reality", in which I muse over the recent fast-food strikes and demands for a $15/hour minimum wage. On this blog — well, heck, just scroll down a bit for a semi-review of two books on the Christian roots of science in the High Middle Ages, as well as for a slightly naughty rib-tickler on the thermodynamics of Hell.

Today is Gaudete Sunday — gaudēte being Latin for "all y'all rejoice" — when we're reminded that the coming of the Lord is a thing to rejoice over:

Be strong, fear not!
Here is your God,
he comes with vindication;
with divine recompense
he comes to save you.

Then will the eyes of the blind be opened,
the ears of the deaf be cleared;
then will the lame leap like a stag,
then the tongue of the mute will sing.

Those whom the LORD has ransomed will return
and enter Zion singing,
crowned with everlasting joy;
they will meet with joy and gladness,
sorrow and mourning will flee.
(Isaiah 35:4-6, 10)

Have a joyous week!