Thanksgiving Linkaround!

For your pre-Thanksgiving/Thanksgiving reading, a little scattershot for time-constraints:

Gwen John; Art & Faith in the Shadows

Jonah Goldberg: a poignant, lovely post on his father’s appreciation for the papacy, and thoughts on Benedict XVI. It’s oddly in tune with the Thanksgiving theme, and even as he clearly aches for his missing father, Goldberg manages to display a surer grasp of why the church does what it does than many, either inside or outside of it:

As for the Church’s preferred approach — abstinence until marriage — it may be impractical in most parts of the world, as the critics claim. But it would undeniably save more lives than condom use if put into practice. What seems to offend many isn’t the efficacy of the solution but the suggestion that such values have any place in the modern world.

The Church’s position is that the truest notes are those that not only celebrate life and love but cut through the whitewater din of devouring time. As those notes become harder to hear, the answer isn’t to stop playing them but to turn up the volume.

If you read nothing else, in this thread, do read this piece.

Mark Shea on Chestertonian Gratitude.

I think Chesterton’s daily attitude of gratitude is neatly summed up in his poem:

Here dies another day
During which I have had eyes, ears, hands,
And the great world around me;
And with tomorrow begins another.
Why am I allowed two?

Pat Gohn:

For Catholics, “thanksgiving” is another word for “Eucharist.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) says it this way:

The Eucharist is a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Father, a blessing by which the Church expresses her gratitude to God for all his benefits, for all that he has accomplished through creation, redemption, and sanctification. Eucharist means first of all “thanksgiving.” (CCC, 1360)

Imagine that; every single offering of the Eucharist is a time to count our blessings and to praise and thank God for his gifts.

It really defines Catholics as a thanksgiving people. The Eucharist perfects our expression of it, as a kind of gratitude par excellence.

If you’re having trouble feeling gratitude, this may help. If your family get-together devolves into political discussion or other eruptions, prepare with this?

Don’t forget to remember our armed forces in your prayers.

Patron Saint of Thanksgiving?

Phil Fox Rose: Meeting Scripture through the Illuminated Word. I think the St. John’s Bible really is glorious contemplative material. I like to give some of the books (like the Psalms) out as gifts. You can get lost in prayer before these wonderful illuminations.

Yes, Humanae Vitae was “prophetically right”. Most who hate it have never read it.

Tim Muldoon:

Culture is important because it preserves the conversation, not unlike a good host at a cocktail party. The guests come and go, but the conversation progresses because new guests hear the accumulated insights of those who have gone before. Of course, the challenge of the host is to truly welcome the new guests, and not to wall off the conversation out of some sort of elitism.

I like that!

Benedict is mourning the death of a friend

Re-looking at some Joyful Mystery: The Crying Out of Flesh and God

Are some Chinese Villagers descended from Roman soldiers?

More on Big Bang

Martyrdom and the Scaffold

Joe Carter: In defense of the TSA

Culture is important because it preserves the conversation, not unlike a good host at a cocktail party. The guests come and go, but the conversation progresses because new guests hear the accumulated insights of those who have gone before.

Sarah Palin: Riot Grrrl? Does it still hold true that if you have reservations you are automatically suspect?

I think she is risking real overexposure, myself.

“Be united to Christ on the Cross

Archbishop Dolan: first interview since his election.

Getting in trouble, apparently because I do my shaky balancing attempts rather publicly, with all missteps and mishaps exposed. Like a coward. Oh, and it seems if I link to something, that must automatically mean I wholly endorse the piece in all ways, in content and in tone, forever and ever, Amen.

Like, here, for instance.

Oh, well, not to worry
…according to Big Government, the FCC is going to take over the internets next month.

Ooops, I linked to something that I don’t know if I agree with. How is that possible?

I’ll be glad to not think about all of this back and forth tomorrow.

Thoughts on female ordination

Dominican Sisters: Were on Oprah this week.

About Elizabeth Scalia
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  • Terrye

    I agree about Sarah Palin. She is just too much out there I think.

    Have a nice Thanksgiving Anchoress.

  • Manny

    Jonah’s piece was well worth reading. Thanks.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your readers Anchoress. :)

  • SCSoxFan

    First, I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving, Ms. Scalia. I don’t always agree with you, but I always enjoy reading you.

    A couple of thoughts on the above links:

    First, I saw Jonah Goldberg’s post on NRO and loved it then. I agree with him totally and loved his late father’s comment about Benedict being the “rock in the river” and that we need more of them.

    Regarding criticism of Palin, for me, at least, it’s not the criticism per se, but it’s tone. You have expressed reservations about her in a reasoned and logical manner. That’s fine. My problem is with people like Peggy Noonan, George Will, Mona Charen, Barbara Bush, and, yes, Chris Christie, who express their reservations with condescension and snark. Look at Christie — he could have said that he didn’t agree with some of her positions, or made some vague, innocuous remark. Instead, he makes a snarky comment. The same with Barbara Bush. THAT is what infuriates me. I’m reading “Rendezvous With Destiny,” a history of the 1980 Reagan campaign. Reagan got the same kind of snark and condescension from the GOP “blue bloods” that Palin is getting now. She is criticized for not shrugging it off like he did. But, the book makes it clear that it made him VERY angry. I wonder if he would have been so ready to shrug off the criticism if he were running today when it would be in his face 24/7.

    As far as Palin’s overexposure, there has been a confluence of events/projects — her book and TV show and Bristol on DWTS. She’s more media savvy than anyone in politics today and I think she understands the danger. She’ll probably retreat some after the show and book tour are over and begin to decide whether she is running and, if so, how she’ll do it.

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  • susan

    What is over-rated? Your words.

    Your words from the mouths of your own Ruling Class Echo-Chamber pontificating their own extreme polarization while preciously pretending their faith is all about protecting the Sanctity of Life.

    Goodness, here are the Echo Chamber Ruling Class Catholics blowing their saintly speens over condoms when their own devout Catholic pro-abortion politicians empowered their ONE Messiah who openly advocated that any human being who miraculously by the Grace of God’s hand survives the initial abortion performed on them by doctors and nurses in hopitials named after Christ MUST be murdered again simply because such act fulfills the original intent of defying the protection of the Sanctity of Life.

    YOUR Words based on your faith are as empty and meaningless as are your gloriously golden Cathedrals Cathedrals; you and your Catholcis politicans are magnificent facades without faith.

    So preen away oh righteous one, showing off your external facade is all that remains of your faith.

  • Steve Colby

    Bad link (Yes, Humanae Vitae was “prophetically right”. Most who hate it have never read it.)

    Here is the good link >



    Happy Thanksgiving Anchoress.

    Thanks for all your fine writing and efforts.

    Much joy.

  • nohype1

    Regarding Palin, she is on a book tour, which requires getting exposure. Her show about Alaska is currently on TLC, and that timing was necessary so it would be done airing before any campaign begins. The length of the daughter’s stay on Dancing with the Stars exceeded her talent, which caused controversy. The establishment Republicans are trying to damage her to prevent her from being a viable candidate in the primary and the Democratic press is very willing to help them. I think the last factor is a important reason she is overexposed right now, and that is beyond her control.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Governor Sanford cheated on his wife, running off with an Argentinian chippy, claiming he was off on a hike; no one could find him for a while, which meant he was, effectively, abandoning his office for his romantic tete-a-tete.

    Elliot Spitzer was exposed as “Client Number 9″; did he spend taxpayer money on his—heh, extramarital junkets? Doesn’t matter. There is nothing a politician can do in these times that can damage his, her, reputation, or lead to him/her getting permanently kicked out of office, or shunned—unless that politician happens to be Sarah Palin, in which case she’s got to be constantly obsessed over: is she overexposed? Underexposed? Should she run? What about the Downs Syndrome child of hers? What about “Dancing with the Stars?” Isn’t John McCain/Huckabee/Romney/some other Republican blue blood what this country REALLY needs?

    (And I don’t even support Palin for the presidencey, but. . . enough is more than enough, already! Politicians who have done much worse things, and performed very badly, don’t get this level of obsessive scrutiny. What is the real problem here?)

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Happy Thanksgiving, dear Anchoress, despite all teh crazy. May you have a good one.

  • Beatrix

    “I think she (Palin) is risking real overexposure, myself.”

    Northern Overexposure was set in Alaska.

    Sorry. The punning thing is a disease.

    Well, for what it’s worth (not much) I disagree; this is the time for her to show that she might be presidential material, since she seemingly intends to run. If she retreats now there’s a danger that she’ll be relegated to “dated cultural novelty” status.

  • DaveW

    Anchoress, Happy belated Thanksgiving to you and your (other) readers.

    I was thinking about you today. I downloaded an application for my Android phone a few weeks ago that has the daily Mass readings, Liturgy of the Hours, Rosary, a daily reflection and daily prayers. It also has a simple rosary application and stations of the cross, and it even has podcasts of the readings each day!

    I’ve been using it and it works flawlessly so I thought I’d share it: Here is the developer’s website.

    You can download the app to your Android by searching the market for “Catholic Mass Daily Readings”.

    I think it is seriously cool. If you were unable to read you can listen to the daily readings on the podcast as if you were sitting in Mass (or listen while driving, etcetera). I’m really enjoying it and excited about it and thought I’d share it with you guys.

  • Hantchu

    Happy Thanksgiving. The Jonah Goldberg piece was excellent. Meanwhile, Pope Benedict is racking up points for reasonableness and tolerance.

  • Steve P in Madison, Wis.

    Thanks for the link to Pat Gohn’s article. I’ve long been struck by the Eucharist / Thanksgiving parallel. And I’m sure it’s simply historical coincidence, but I’m also struck that we observe Thanksgiving on a Thursday — the day of the institution of the Eucharist, and the day the church traditionally celebrates Corpus Christi.

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