1. The Synod. But I haven’t read the “working document,” or whatever it is, yet. So, I’m trying not to spout off opinions. Not too many, anyway . . . .
2. Joannie’s post on the same topic, and especially what she says here:
[O]ver the past six years I’ve worked with a lot of people. I’ve encountered the human heart. Fresh out of grad school, I was armed with the Catechism and the Summa and I was ready to beat Church teaching into every soul and mind. Now I’m still armed with those treasures, but I’m ready to propose it. Just as God does. I’ve encountered a weak and frail humanity that needs love and care and healing. It needs the Truth. But it is too wounded to be beaten further. It needs to be loved.
4. How it’s easy for me, having lived my whole life in a protected bubble of security, to forget how much the American family has changed. For the worse, and children are the ones who suffer the most. This really hit home for me the one year I practiced “family” law. What is the right approach for people who haven’t had a stable marriage in their ancestry for generations?
And how do you keep from “being so eager to bring lost sheep into the fold that we shove out the sheep already here,” leaving them to feel like suckers? As Caleh puts it, “the Church IS for everyone…not just for those of us who happen to sin the trendy way.”
5. I think Pope Francis gets it. He emphasized that it takes courage to marry and have a family.
It’s a bit off-topic but, I love this little anecdote:
[Pope Francis] told the story of a woman who said her son was in his 30s, had a girlfriend, but wouldn’t get married.
“I told her, ‘Ma’am, stop ironing his shirts,'” the pope said.
6. I really like this picture, even though it reminds me of the Jehovah’s Witnesses tracts my piano teacher kept in her music room.
I don’t know where it comes from. I can’t read the artist’s signature. Anyone know? It’s called “Adoration,” by David Bowman.
7. Speaking of people who “get it.” Kelly does. Why am in bed, using my laptop to browse blogs, when I spent the entire day looking forward to going back to sleep? There’s a constant tension between sleep-time and me-time.
Happy weekend everyone. Click over to Jen’s for more quick takes.