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The Weblog at The View from the Core - Monday, December 30, 2002
Announcement of Latest Issue of The View from the Core
The View from the Core Volume 2.17, 12/30/02, is now available.
Front Page: Featured Webpages: 33 links posted, 8 new. Featured Websites: 131 links posted, 2 new.
Poetry: "New Year" (Thomas Wearing), "Theophany" (Evelyn Underhill), "All Beautiful the March of Days" (Frances Whitmarsh Wile), "Wind in the Pine" (Lew Sarett) , "Not So in Haste, My Heart" (Bradford Torrey), "New Year" (John J. Moment).
Prose: "Adam Smith on the Businessman, the Consumer, and the Cultural Costs of Capitalism" (Arthur Herman).
Photography: September 11: The View From Space 6 of 6 (Images Courtesy Space Imaging):
Guest Column: "Right-Wing Media Bias?" (Media Minder).
The View from the Core will begin a hiatus next week.
"How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?"
Interesting article in the Baptist Standard:
.... "For most Protestants, Mary is little more than a character in the Christmas story," she writes in her new book, "Blessed One: Protestant Perspectives on Mary." "She creeps into our consciousness along with the Advent wreath, making a brief appearance perhaps in sermon and song, and then she disappears along with the creche, no later than Epiphany."
Gaventa, a professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary, is one of a growing number of Protestant theologians who say it's time for Protestant churches to give Mary another look.
In short, Mary shouldn't belong only to the Catholics, especially at Christmas.
"It's clear in (the Gospel of) Luke that all generations will call Mary blessed, and we really haven't done that," Gaventa said. "What we're saying is that attention we have given Mary is very negative, rather than the positive attention she might deserve." ....
One cannot really gather from the article, though, what is well-known (at least among Catholic apologists): that the attitude of some of the Protestant Reformers, including Luther and Calvin, was much more positive than that of their spiritual heirs.
P.S. I wonder how much hate mail the editors got for running that piece.
Novena of the Litany of St. Joseph
Will you join me?
Beginning on New Year's Day.
Still unemployed, I am going to pray a novena of the Litany of St. Joseph, for the intention of  my employment and  that of the other unemployed members of St. Blog's parish (there is at least one other, and I think there are two), and  that of the unemployed of Blogosphere more generally, and  that of everyone who needs honest work.
Here is the text of the litany. ("R/for ff" means "Response for the following".)
The Josephites have a Triduum in Honor of St. Joseph, to which the litany is appended. And Newman Reader has A Triduo to St. Joseph (beginning at page 269) by the Cardinal. Either, or both, could be repeated three times to complete a novena.
A novena is often prayed as a prelude to, or preparation for, some occasion. For that, all I can say is that a novena begun on January 1 will conclude on the vigil of my birthday. :)
Please join me in beginning the new year with a Novena to St. Joseph.
Thanks to Ad Orientem
"Hauled Aboard the Ark"
By Peter Kreeft.
A conversion story:
.... Then in a church history class at Calvin a professor gave me a way to investigate the claims of the Catholic Church on my own. The essential claim is historical: that Christ founded the Catholic Church, that there is historical continuity. If that were true, I would have to be a Catholic out of obedience to my one absolute, the will of my Lord. The teacher explained the Protestant belief. He said that Catholics accuse we who are Protestants of going back only to Luther and Calvin; but this is not true; we go back to Christ. Christ had never intended a Catholic-style Church, but a Protestant-style one. The Catholic additions to the simple, Protestant-style New Testament church had grown up gradually in the Middle Ages like barnacles on the hull of a ship, and the Protestant Reformers had merely scraped off the barnacles, the alien, pagan accretions. The Catholics, on the other hand, believed that Christ established the Church Catholic from the start, and that the doctrines and practices that Protestants saw as barnacles were, in fact, the very living and inseparable parts of the planks and beams of the ship.
I thought this made the Catholic claim empirically testable, and I wanted to test it because I was worried by this time about my dangerous interest in things Catholic. Half of me wanted to discover it was the true Church (that was the more adventurous half); the other half wanted to prove it false (that was the comfortable half). My adventurous half rejoiced when I discovered in the early Church such Catholic elements as the centrality of the Eucharist, the Real Presence, prayers to saints, devotion to Mary, an insistence on visible unity, and apostolic succession. Furthermore, the Church Fathers just "smelled" more Catholic than Protestant, especially St. Augustine, my personal favorite and a hero to most Protestants too. It seemed very obvious that if Augustine or Jerome or Ignatius of Antioch or Anthony of the Desert, or Justin Martyr, or Clement of Alexandria, or Athanasius were alive today they would be Catholics, not Protestants....
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