December 26, 2016

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“Keeping the Feast”, Sojourners’ series on the saints

The saints are an interesting topic of conversation to bring up with non-Catholics. I find that often protestants have an aversion to “worshiping” idols before Jesus and the non-religious have a “what do saints have to do with me?” attitude. Those aversions, to me, are a real shame and they misunderstand the relationship Catholics have with their saints and you can take it from an atheist that there’s something in the saints for everybody! Hagiography is the study of a diversity great people who overcame all sorts of different obstacles. A source of inspiration and contemplation too valuable to be written off as a catholic thing, there is sure to be a saint for everybody. Here’s Sojourner Ryan Hammill’s explanation of why he cares about the saints:

When I talk to the Christians whom I want to emulate, I find that they talk about other people — a mentor or a pastor or a spouse or a parent or a writer or a friend or someone else who changed them. If their life had an acknowledgments page, it’d be pretty long. And if you could go talk to those people, they’d probably talk about someone else. And so would those people, and those people, and those people. And eventually, I guess you’d get all the way back to John or Martha or Mary or Peter. And they’d tell you all about this guy named Yeshua, whom they followed around for a few years in Capernaum and Jericho and Jerusalem. Which makes sense, I guess. Christianity isn’t about me following Jesus, following Yeshua. It’s about all of us following Jesus, following Yeshua, together. It’s about 21st century Americans and Asians, along with 12th century Europeans, and 3rd century Africans and 1st century Jews and everyone in between following Jesus, together. And with people in the future. However long that goes on.

“Keeping the Feast”, Ryan Hammill, Sojourners

“This American Fought ISIS. Now He’s Trying to Get Washington to Untabgle Its Syria Policy”, Wes Enzinna, Mother Jones

Amos, who is 30, Jewish, and grew up in West Virginia, has hair the hue of desert sand, and he wore big black granny sunglasses. “We’d always be driving through the desert in cars like this,” he said. “One time, during a battle, ISIS guys came streaming out of a tunnel at the bottom of a hill and I thought we were going to die. My friend kissed me on the cheek and said ‘goodbye.’ I survived, but he didn’t.”

Today Amos is fighting a new war. Since returning home in late 2015, he’s formed the American Veterans of the Kurdish Armed Forces, a group that aims to increase visibility and support for the YPG as well as the approximately 200 Americans who have illegally joined them.

“Time Out; Who Carries The Ball for Women’s Equality in Sports Media?”, Candy Lee, Ms.

Title IX has been federal law since 1972 and has changed the world of sports more than any single act. Women in college have participated at almost three times the rate since enactment, and high school girls’ participation jumped from under 300,000 in 1971 to 2.8 million in 2002. The NCAA today sponsors more women’s championships than men. . . But there remains a dearth of women in sports and resources devoted to their teams. The 2015 Market research in the United Kingdom found that almost 2 million fewer women than men exercised regularly—and that appearance and ability were two key factors. Fear of being judged kept women is keeping women from exercise and sport. Another study spotlights that sports internationally suffer from a female deficit in the governing bodies—just 13 percent of the directors of the 76 international sports federation boards are female, while only 21 percent of the directors of national sports organizations in 38 countries are women.

Happy New Year!

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