Bloggerhood Etc. 1/5/15

2015 rollover

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Happy New Year! Here’s the best of the week from around the blogosphere.

Best News.Pope Francis Is Trying to Rally 1.2 Billion Catholics to Help Avert a Global Disaster” by Tom McKay at World Mic.

Best Advice.Counting Gifts Instead of Problems” by Abby McDonald, guest-posting at Purposeful Faith.

Geekiest Post.Who Would Win and All-Out Battle: Star Wars or Star Trek?” by Rom Lokken at Gizmodo.

Best Theological Post.Why it Matters That the Bible Was Written by Human Beings” by Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry at Inebriate Me.

Best Parenting Post.A Tale of 2 Elsa-Themed Birthday Parties” by Jennie Sutherland at Huff Post Parents.

Best Question.Is Depression a Kind of Allergic Reaction?” by Caroline Williams in The Guardian.

Best What If?The Alternate Histories of Mario Cuomo” by Russell Berman in The Atlantic.

Best Infographic.‘Let it Go’ with Phonetically Accurate Lyrics” by Andy Herald at How to be a Dad.

Best Commentary.The NYPD’s ‘Work Stoppage’ is Surreal” by Matt Taibbi at Rolling Stone.

Best Reflection.Hail Mary: You Have More in Common with the Mother of Jesus than You Think” by James Martin at Slate.

Best Story.The Most Important Cardboard Box Ever?” by Stephen Dowling at BBC News Magazine.

Best Bad Idea.Nothing Gold Can Stay: In Pursuit of the Best Sports Account on Twitter” by Jon Bois at SBNation.

Best Confession.I Am Lord Business” by Buzz Bishop at DadCamp.

Best Video.The Teleporter” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).

“Yep. The blog’s ruined.”

Bloggerhood Etc. 11/10/14

A Sanchez on every team!

So much Sanchez, so little time (Image: Jon Bois/SB Nation).

Best Computer Simulation of Hell.Breaking Madden: The Mark Sanchez Century” by Jon Bois at SB Nation.

Best Open Letter.Dear Democratic Party: Make No Mistake About It, Republicans Didn’t Win – You Lost” by Allen Clifton at Forward Progressives.

Best Mom Post. “Having a Bad Day Doesn’t Make You a Bad Mother” by Lisa-Jo Baker at Surprised by Motherhood.

Best Dad Post.Running With My Kids” by Whit Honea at The Honea Express. 

Wisest.Six Words My Kid Said That Contain Such Wisdom” by Cornelia Seigneur at Huff Post Parents.

Best Redefinition.#Blessed” by Jamie Wright at Jamie The Very Worst Missionary.

Best Parenting Advice.Mom and Dad, You Suck at Parenting (and Here’s Why That’s Just Fine)” by Jon Pavlovitz.

Best Reminder.Being a Christian Doesn’t Always Look Like You Think it Should” by Preston Sprinkle at Relevant.

Best Movie Review.An Obnoxious Review of ‘Interstellar,’ by the 3 Jerks in the Row Behind Me” by Adam Hall at Tenor Dad.

Best Special Needs Post.She Stands Tall: Not Trying to Fix the Child I Adopted” by Gillian Marchenko at Not Alone.

Best Guest Post.De(tales): Bible” by Heather Caliri at Cara Strickland’s Little Did She Know.

Best Commentary. “An NFL Locker Room is Not a Hive” by Stephen White at SB Nation. 

Best Video.Quick and Easy Voting for Normal People” by CGP Grey (via YouTube).

“Boom! Election over.”

Ten Years Ago

Julia and I after our wedding.

June 26, 2004

Ten years ago, these words from The Song of Songs were read at our wedding. They have always expressed the depth of my love for her in a better way than I ever could.

“Set me like a seal on your heart, like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death, passion as relentless as the grave. The flash of it is a flash of fire, a flame of the LORD himself. Love no flood can quench, no torrents drown. Were a man to offer all his family wealth to buy love, contempt is all he would gain.” —Song of Songs 8:6-7

Ten years ago, I vowed my love and my life to her and I have never regretted it for one moment. She is the best wife, best mother to our daughter, and best friend I could have asked for, and I thank God every day that he brought her into my life.

Happy Tenth Anniversary my love! May we have many, many more together.

Anna’s New Bible

Jesus, Mary, and the shepherds.

The Adoration of the Shepherds by Gerard van Honthorst (1590-1656)

Anna is preparing for her First Communion this year. She’s also attends an after-school program run by a neighborhood church. And we’ve gotten back into the good habit of praying with her each night. So it’s not surprising that she recently asked us for a bible of her own.

We have a lot of bibles in our house. A large wedding bible, a keepsake bible from Anna’s Godparents for her baptism, Julia’s old The Way bible from college, and my big collection of various Catholic, Orthodox, and ecumenical bibles. But Anna didn’t have a bible of her own that she could sit down and read herself.

(It’s hard to sit down and read the Bible when you’re an adult, let alone when you’re a not-quite eight-year-old kid. Where do you begin?)

What I wanted to buy her was a book of bible stories, that skipped the pages of genealogies and ordinances and all the other stuff that often gets skipped. A book that she could read herself with just a little guidance.

My Big Book of Catholic Bible Stories

I found it in My Big Book of Catholic Bible Stories. A wide selection of self-contained stories from the Old and New Testaments (including Deuterocanonical books) arranged in an order that conveys a coherent salvation narrative from start to finish.

The stories are all taken from the Catholic edition of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, an authorized, scholarly, and easy-to-read translation that I know well from my days in the Episcopal Church. Each passage includes a prayer and suggestions for further reading (both from the Bible and the Catechism) and activities. All the traditional Catholic prayers that Anna is learning through her sacramental preparation are included as well.

We gave Anna her Bible last night and she was delighted with it. Then, after said our nightly prayers, we read the Christmas story (Luke 2:1-16) together. With only a week to go, it was a nice reminder of what Christmas is really about.

After the story, Anna read the short concluding prayer.

Dear Jesus, thank you for being born into our world as one of us. Help us to be like the shepherds and come with haste to worship you. Amen.