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Cleaning up the inbox

Yes, it’s cheating, but I’ve had these tabs hanging around my Firefox window without posting about them for far too long.  Since my chief New Year’s resolution is to stop my constant procrastinating (an extension of my “just stop being 5 minutes late for everything” initiative) now is as good a time as any to git ‘er done.

First, Fr. Philip Neri Powell in light of the then-pending Christmas holiday (told you they were hanging around too long!) posted an excellent summation of the Nativity, what it is and why what we say we believe about it matters.  Being around it so much sometimes you forget to ask those questions…

Following that, Biblical Archaeology Review has posted a fine explanation of how Christmas came to be celebrated on December 25th.  I’ll admit it, I always enjoy bringing this one up because it ruffles the feathers of fellow Catholics who have forgotten that traditional piety isn’t always without historical, philosophical and theological basis.

Next, Nancy Pelosi has decided to grace us with her far-wiser-than-the-Pope theological musings once again.  Really, given how smug and condescending she is I’d think she were a politician. *ahem*  Seriously though, this reminds us just how desperately we need to pray for our politicians because, among other reasons, they are a favorite target of the Enemy.

In my “quote of the week” even though it was two weeks ago, there is this post from a guest blogger for Fr. V at Adam’s Ale.  This one made me think a good long time: “Grace can’t be bought, but it appears that it still needs to be paid for.

Finally, Fr. Z reminds us of something we all ought to know better by now: never, ever stop praying for priests.  It goes beyond without saying, but then so many of the things that do, aren’t, so we don’t.  So stop what you’re doing.  Now.  And pray. Here are some to get you started if you can’t think of anything.

There.  That took all of about 15 minutes.  All this not-procrastinating might not be so bad after all…

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