Secular and Sacred Linkaround

Okay, too many tabs open, again, time for another linkfest!

Linkfest, not Clinkfest!

We’ll do sacred, then secular, then sacred again, and then we’ll just talk really goofy, and it won’t have anything to do with beer!

And btw, my Tuesday Column is Up; talking today about how Obama, Pelosi et al have no credibility to speak on Park51/Cordoba House because they don’t know how to speak to their countrymen, at all.

It’s that time of the year again, when the kiddies get sent to CCD or the parents volunteer to teach it. I just got a review copy of this very helpful guide for Catechists, which I wish had been available when I was teaching. It’s already sold out its first printing, but order it; they’re making more!

On-topic, there is also this.

For older (upper high-school and college) kids try this.

Get Religion: On the way the new missal translations are being reported

Tim Muldoon on Desire and Sin:

An understanding of sin, in short, is about understanding what’s my real good–the answer to my deepest desire. It’s also about understanding what’s good for all of us together, the good that no one of us can achieve alone.

Sin is disordered desire.

You’re never too old: to be a martyr. Just remember that.

Robert R. Reilly: Recovering the Sacred in Music

Of Lunatic Fringes and Failed Media

Barbara Boxer: taking off the gloves on abortion.

Hitchens: on what and whom to distrust on Park51/Cordoba House debate

What happened to losing? And what happens to kids who never lose?

And what happened to Dafur? Isn’t perhaps a sin–on all our parts–when genocides get a little “fashionable” attention, but then fall off the map?

Jobs Lost? Who cares about working people and jobs?

Abyssmal Housing Numbers: Are we headed for a total collapse? I wonder if Barney Frank understands this and that’s why he’s bailing on Freddie/Fannie, now.

Getting attention: back on the economy

Economics and Chesterton and Day

Mark Shea: Scathing satire

Ed Driscoll: just go check it out!

A great read: Ghastly, ghastly Ayn Rand

Melissa Clouthier: Packin’ heat and she doesn’t even have a gun…I don’t think!

Into every life: a little Neidermeyer must fall (Language Warning!)

Blocked: Fed funding for Embryonic Stem Cell Research

The Loser Letters: You will Like Them!

Kathryn Jean Lopez on yet another great-sounding book that I want: A Heart Like His; Meditations on the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Not bad for an old guy: Benedict’s Autumn Schedule.

Sr. Mary Ann Walsh has a nice new book out: Benedict XVI: Essays and Reflections on His Papacy

Where do Priests Come from? Catholic Womanhood!

Do Not Forget to Check Out: Your Word of the Day

Have a chuckle; or perhaps guffaw like a good time!

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  • Jerry Wilson of Goldfish and Clowns

    The danger of reading first thing in the morning without glasses… it took me a minute to realize it didn’t say “Benedict XVI: Essays and Reflections on His Puppy.”

  • Joe

    The Ghastly Ghastly Ayn Rand was very good. Ms. Rand was a piece of work. I still, however, love the Fountainhead and like Atlas Shrugged. They always had a graphic novel/comic book quality to them. And I do not mean that in a bad way.

  • Ellen

    Thanks for the Chesterton and Day link, which is a discussion of the economics of Distributism. If anyone of your readers would like to read further on this subject, please visit The Distributist Review. link
    These folks are doing their best to revive interest in this overlooked economic theory.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Your linkarounds are always good, Anchoress.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Much as I admire Chesterton, I’ve always been leery of his economic ideas (he seems to have had a thing about Jews = wealthy financiers). And I question to wisdom of trying to bring back the Medieval Guild System.

  • dry valleys

    You’d expect me to hate Ayn Rand, & I oblige. (this from one of my favourite journalists sas why). What I am interested in is that so many conservatives & libertarians also have no time for her, both for her unpleasant personal charachteristics, woeful writing style & also because they don’t think a right-wing society would actually look like that & naturally they don’t want it to.

    I read some libertarian blogs (we share an interest in civil liberties & they are also naturally, against bailouts & things like farm subsidies, which do a great deal of unseen damage to the environment amongst other things). Most of them take a fairly scornful approach towards her writing & to “Randroids”.

    Often they think that without so much government there will be more altruism & mutual cooperation, not less, & this is what they want. (Is this not what commentors here generally think?)

    Yet she obviously has more than enough followers. I suppose that, indeed, someone wh inspired the song “Anthem” by Rush can’t be all bad.

    PS- She was also, I gather, a vocal atheist.

    [Ah, but you know I have no animus toward atheists! :-) -admin]

  • Peregrine John

    Thank you so much for linking to Reilly’s article on music. I love Gorecki. He speaks to the soul so well. The description of the music and how it unfolds was quite moving, and accurate.

    Comparing Schoenberg’s stilted experiment in counterintuitive musical mathematics with the heart-touching, spirit-rending ways of music that puts God first is like comparing the brief frothing at the top of wind-whipped waves to the groundswell of the ocean itself.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Actually, Rand’s emphasis on “superior” men and women being the rightful leaders of society, and her disdain for religion, and tradition, makes her, in my mind, far more akin to modern facists, than it does to your ordinary, average conservative.

    I can’t speak for all commentators here, but, from my own experience, and from studying history, I believe that less instrusive, less centralized governments do tend to create more alturistic communities, where people help each other, rather than waiting for the state to step in.

    Rand herself was quite contemptuous of alturism, believing it evil; she saw it as a tool of “mysticism” (her term for all religion) and an impediment to the flowering of superior people, who shouldn’t be hampered in their pursuit of—well, whatever. As I said, she always seemed far more akin to, say, someone like Mussolini, than your average, “Mystical”, “alturistic”, tradition-bound American conservative.

  • archangel

    In answer to the rhetorical question… are we headed for a total collapse?


    The bottom of all this most likely will not be here until 2016. There will be fits and starts from now until then, to be sure BUT the magnitude of what is occurring is just now starting to settle in. This really began in 2000 with the dot-bomb period. This is a typical 16 year cycle. 2008 saw the end of the BULL portion of an overall BEAR period. The greatest pain is yet to come.

    This is why FAITH is going to be more important than ever. It will be the Christian community upon whose shoulders this cross will be borne. We will be called upon to help where we can. Those who have the humility and poverty (nature) will survive the best and will be our duty as Christians to help the many who will be caught up in what will become a very “helpless” period.

    We are in a DEPRESSION folks. Now we will see which “hope” survives. God’s or the “wannabe god’s”.

  • dry valleys

    Yes, that’s why I stated that most conservatives & libertarians are not Ayn Rand devotees. I acknowledge that, just don’t share your worldview & policy conclusions.

    It could be a bit long & drawn out to talk about what governments get right & don’t get right. But as I have just dined, I don’t think that’s for now.

    PS- Please note that my keyboard for some reason doesn’t work very well & often arbitrarily misses out letters that I type. I can’t always be bothered to go back & correct it. That’s why I appear t be making loads of spelling mistakes :)

  • Nerina

    Anchoress – thanks for the link to Robert Reilly. Fascinating article!

    My 10th grader had to read Ayn Rand’s “Anthem” over the summer. I can’t wait to see what they talk about in class.

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