I feel like I’ve been remiss in directing your attention Catholic-Portal-page-wide — bad of me, as there’s some good stuff up!
Julie Davis is writing about how she was dragged kicking and screaming into John Steinbeck’s East of Eden, and how glad she is to have read it. Now I’m itching to read it, and even more antsy to read this translation and commentary on Genesis
Meanwhile, Dr. Pat McNamara, who never fails to bring us something fascinating, takes a look at Ireland’s Sisters of Mercy and their service to the poorest of the poor in 19th Century America. I was particularly amused to read about the Protestants who believed that the sisters were being held in their convents against their will. In truth they were kind of like forerunners of Mother Teresa!
Are you getting late-summer doldrums and feeling in a spiritual rut? Check out Kathy Coffey’s good advice on how to get out of it.
One way out of a rut is to let yourself get a little shaken up — which is why the new missal translations coming our way in Advent may be a great doldrum-shaker. Pat Gohn tells a little tale, explaining just why the translations are worth looking forward to!
Writing from China, Tim Muldoon continues his series on Sex and Christianity, this week taking a look at the Feminist factor in all of that
Finally, Joseph Susanka and Marcia Morrissey, who regularly show up on Friday, are both taking a well-deserved break, but in their place tomorrow look for a really fascinating interview with screenwriter Barbara Nicolosi, where she talks about storycraft, the culture and what is lacking in Christian films, and Russell Shaw’s look at “The Dolan Doctrine” — that would be Archbishop Timothy Dolan.
On other portals:
At the Evangelical Portal, Tim Dalrymple — a true gent — ponders Government Budgets, Social Justice and wonders Whom Would Jesus Indebt?, which is connected to the establishment of Christians for a Sustainable Economy, a largely evangelical group of Christians who have written thusly to the president:
Compassion and charity for “the least of these” is an essential expression of our faith, flowing from a heart inclined towards God. And just as the love of God frees us for a more abundant life, so our charity must go beyond mere material provision to meet the deeper needs of the poor. To suggest that Matthew 25 – or any commandment concerning Christian charity – can be met through wealth redistribution is to obscure these truths.
Progressive Christian: I really like Alyce McKenzie’s Lectionary Musings and try to read them every week. She’s a very insightful woman.
The weekly Torah portion
On the Muslim portal: What’s Ramadan about, anyway?
And if you’re in the mood to ponder something very much outside your normal perspectives, consider Star Foster’s thoughts on Spiritual Warfare in politics, and its reach. There’s been a huge increase in the number of people identifying as pagans. Star — who is one of the nicest and most mannerly women I’ve ever met — was pagan before it was “cool” to be one, and reading her is a good way to keep abreast of what pagans are thinking and where they’re going.
We all have to live in this world together, after all; having a real sense of who people are, beyond caricatures, can only help.