No, the Bollettino at the Vatican website did not announce the name of a new bishop of Bridgeport this morning. But, yesterday, in the Washington Post, this article profiled Msgr. Robert Weiss, the pastor at St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, Connecticut who became, over the weekend, the face of the Catholic Church in the U.S. and, indeed, the face of Christ to those who were mourning.
Fr. Joseph Komonchak at Commonweal asked the other day: If we don't sing Advent hymns during Advent, when will we? I concur. Anything we can do to rescue the season of Advent from the encroachments of the consumerists who do not understand that Christmas begins on the 25th, it doesn't end then. So, what are your favorite Advent hymns? Here is one of mine:
I am not a courageous person and my job entails little in the way of personal risk, unless you count getting cold hands waiting for the bus to take me to a conference or seminar downtown. Most mornings, the dust and dog hair in the study are the only threats to my health as I sit at my computer, read the emails, check out the key websites and pen my blog posts. For me, a tough day is one in which I have to change out of sweats.
Rick Garnett has replied to my earlier post chastising him for drinking the anti-union Kool-Aid.
By way of a reply, and seeing as this is a season for singing, (and because I just learned how to post video in my blog), I share this:
Fr. Tom Reese, S.J. has a deliciously Catholic suggestion for how to fix the fiscal cliff negotiations. You can read it by clicking here.
Notre Dame Law professor Rick Garnett is a friend, a friend with whom I frequently disagree, but a friend nonetheless. He has put up a post at "Mirror of Justice" that takes issue with the support for unions voiced by, among other, Morning's Minion at Vox Nova, Lew Daly, and yours truly. I should say at once that I am delighted to be lumped together with such thoughtful commentators.
In this short, lovely commentary, Mark Silk captures much about Connecticut that matches with my impressions of the state I still consider home. Silk also captures the way a tragedy like the shooting in Newtown impacts localities differently because of the degree of connectedness the tragedy reveals. This is a very important point.
The sausage making has begun. And it is not pretty.
A group of friars from the Dominican House of Studies n Washington ventured to downtown Washington to sing Christmas carols. They ran into a group of young people dressed as bananas. What followed? The New Evangelization in action.
Jonathan Rauch was the very first intellectual who ever made the case to me that same-sex marriage was not only an important cause, but an essentially conservative cause. I was unpersuaded then and remain more or less unpersuaded now. But, the fact that Rauch was pushing for same-sex marriage more than ten years ago when the idea was barely a ripple in the cultural consciousness of the nation, lends him an authority on the issue that few can claim. So, we should listen when he urges the Supreme Court not to intercede on the issue but let the political process play itself out.