Bloggerhood Etc. 1/5/15

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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.”

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Gloria In Excelsis Deo!

Angel with Gloria banner.

The Song of Bethlehem by J.R. Clayton (1901)

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirin’i-us was governor of Syria. And all went to be enrolled, each to his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to be delivered. And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased!”

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they saw it they made known the saying which had been told them concerning this child; and all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. (Luke 2: 1-20—RSV)

Merry Christmas!

Bloggerhood Etc. 12/8/14

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Best Cartoon. “All Houses Matter” by Chainsawsuit.com.

Best Commentary. “‘This Stops Today’: Eric Garner and Police Accountability” by Mollie Wilson O’Reilly in Commomweal.

Best Letter.To My Future Son With Thoughts of Ferguson” by Amena Brown Owen at A Deeper Story.

Best Reality Check.Being a Cop Showed Me Just How Racist and Violent the Police Are” by Redditt Hudson at The Washington Post.

Most Honest.Just Another Straight White Chick in The Burbs” by Andee Zomerman at Nature of a Servant.

Most Hopeful.What if We’re Supposed to *Be* the Good News We’re So Desperate for When it Comes to Race Relations in America?” by Lisa-Jo Baker.

Best Guest Post.Through the Door” by Cara Strickland at The Hope Diaries.

Best Special Needs Post.He Has What?” by Patty Meyers at Not Alone.

Best Songlist.The Top 5 Most Moving Christmas Songs I Listen To” by Benjamin L. Corey at Formerly Fundie.

Best Photoblog.The Motions of Kayaking and Canoeing,” photos by Stephen Orlando, posted by Christopher Jobson at Colossal.

Best Tech Post.The Holidays Are Here. Which Apps Will You Share With the Children in Your Life?” by Julie M. Wood and Nicole Ponsford at Harvard Family Research Project.

Most Reassuring.Why the Immaculate Conception makes Protestants squirm {and why it doesn’t have to!}” by Elizabeth Esther.

Best Video.Hallelujah” by Peter Hollens, featuring Jackie Evancho (via YouTube).

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Anna’s Grotto Gallery

A reproduction of Michelangelo's Pieta in the Meditation Chapel

A reproduction of Michelangelo’s Pieta in the Meditation Chapel.

Each day, I’m posting pictures and stories from our vacation. Today I share a few of Anna’s photos from The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother (aka “The Grotto”) in Portland along with some short prayers.

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Every Icon Tells a Story

St. Joseph Icon

An icon of the life of St. Joseph. Reading from left to right and top to bottom …

  • Betrothal of Mary and Joseph (Matthew 1:18b).
  • An angel visits Joseph in a dream (Matthew 1:20-21).
  • Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem (Luke 2:4-5).
  • The birth of Jesus (Luke 2:6-8).
  • The visit of the Magi (Matthew 2:11).
  • The Presentation at the Temple (Luke 2:22-35).
  • The flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:14-15).
  • The finding in the Temple (Luke 2:46-50).
  • Jesus grows “in wisdom and stature” (Luke 2:52).
  • Joseph dies a happy death (Holy Tradition*).
  • Joseph is welcomed into Abraham’s bosom (Holy Tradition*).

*Implied in scripture by Joseph’s absence during Jesus’ ministry and his faith in God.