Notable News: Week of November 24-30, 2012

I’m a little late, and I don’t have a lot of time.  I did manage to finish my NaNo novel yesterday, but I’m about to drive out to Girl Scout camp to spend the night with my daughter.  She stayed there without me last night, and now I’m going for some quality mom and daughter bonding.  Maybe also some s’mores.  Anyway, here’s a couple of things:

1. 40 Moms. 40 Messages.

Just read it and see if you can make it through just the first one without tissues.  I know some people who need to hear these messages (you know who you are).  I hope that you find comfort in the words of these beautiful women.

2. And on the opposite end of the spectrum…

A woman who makes her living as an anti-feminist.  How original.  I’m glad I have Suzanne Venker to tell me that I was taught by “feminists” to hate men.  It’s refreshing to know that someone else understands my childhood better than I do.

3. Standing up for victims

I love this piece by Daisy Rainn Martin, though it does make me want to hug my kids a little tighter tonight.  This quote says it all for me:

I’m occasionally admonished, “Well, Daisy, that doesn’t seem very gracious. Don’t you believe that Christ can forgive even the most heinous sins?”

In fact, I do. Let Christ do His work in the darkest hearts of those so enmeshed in deceit and manipulation and horror around which the rest of us can’t even wrap our heads. The Church should certainly make sure they have all the cigarettes and socks they’ll ever need or want for the duration of their time in prison.

4. Group blogging on A Year of Biblical Womanhood

I am so fortunate to be able to participate with these other wonderful writers as we work through the book.  Here is the first post in the series.

5. The Liturgical Year

John Shore has given us a nice summary of the different times in the liturgical calendar.  As of this Sunday, we will begin the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany cycle.  I have found over time that I feel most connected spiritually when I’m honoring the traditions of the Church.  I understand that many do not; however, I think that is largely because many churches fail to teach people the history and meaning of the practices.  My husband and I hope to help our children grow in their understanding of these rich traditions.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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