This post is a little “late” in terms of when I usually post and that is for a couple of reasons. The main reason is because I have been working on two pretty big blog events over at Defend Us In Battle. The second is because my family was given 5 chickens to “process” today, and having never done chickens before, it was a longer process than I thought it was going to be. So I have decided that for this weeks post I would do a round-up of various topics that have to do with spiritual warfare and preparation, in order to give you some tools to face this week’s battles:
A Blog Series on Spiritual Warfare, Angels, and the Church Militant
Over at my blog, Defend Us In Battle, I just started a nine day long blog event, that I am calling: “A Blog Novena to the Holy Angels.” It isn’t only a nine day prayer, but it is actually nine days of posts dedicated to Angels, Spiritual Warfare, and the Church Militant. It culminates on September 29th, the Feast of the Archangels with my second project. On the 29th, I will be announcing a blog project that I am going to be doing, in honor of my blog’s mission, a certain devotion I have, and in honor of my blog’s 2nd anniversary. It will include other blogs, bloggers, and you the readers. I hope you will swing by to check out the Blog Novena, and stop in for the special announcement on the 29th. It is so important to me, I even made a promotional video for it: Holy Angels Blog Novena Celebration Promotional Video
Bright Maidens Widsom
Trista, over at not a minx, a moron, or a parasite, and at VirtualPla.Net, posted a really reflection on feminine desirability vs. sexuality. This post, while it seems off-topic for a CatholicDads site, I think is extremely relevant for those of us with daughters. Our job is to raise daughters that think like Trista, and also to raise daughters with a sense of understanding of what it means to be a woman. Check our Trista’s thoughts, and in fact, keep tabs on all the Bright Maidens, they really are a powerful and delightful group of bloggers.
When is Morality Just a Toy?
Ok, I don’t mean to stay on the slightly tangental posts, but something really interesting popped up in my feed reader. A post over at Tech Crunch is talking about the morality of 3-d printers. If you don’t know what a 3-d printer is, know that it is a new printer that essentially creates 3-d models of programed in designs. They all work in various ways: plastic molding, injection, cutting, etc.. but the end product is a 3-d form of some inputed image. So far the experiments have been really cool and there is a whole tech culture/circle that is currently pushing the boundaries of what these printers can do. Well, I say boundaries, because the Tech Crunch article reports of someone producing a plastic “piece” of an assault rifle that when sold at market in metal form, requires a license or background check. It is essentially the “piece” of a certain type of gun that is the regulated part when sold separately to “make your own.” I think this discussion has implications beyond just weapons, and even 3-d printers, and goes to the crux of what morality is, and how it functions in our culture and world.
A Reflection on Posture and the Eucharist
Father Ray Blake has a post from a few days back about some comments the Pope made about the Eucharist and our physical posture towards it. I wont get into too many details, and will let you read for yourself. I think it is important to have an understanding of why we do what, and what we should be doing in the presence of the Eucharist.
I hope you don’t mind this rather odd post, but I did want to get some stuff to you that was on my mind. I think a lot of this is better than anything I could say anyways!