Of Note–September 2019


Welcome to Of Note – A Collection of Orthodox Catholic Reading, a series dedicated to sharing great orthodox Catholic content around the inter webs!

Let’s face it, we are all busy, modern women and we just don’t have the time or the energy to vet or read everything the Catholic blogosphere has to offer. We have streamlined that for you and offer you the most worthy, relevant reads that will keep you informed and in-tune without wasting your precious time. Each month, on the first Friday, you can find Of Note filled with posts that are inspiring, knowledgeable, cover current events, and liturgical living.

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Fall is in the air! Are you feeling it yet? We sure are in Utah. The days are growing shorter. The weather is much cooler. Soon the leaves will change color. It’s one of my favorite times of year. Let’s take a quick look around the web for some great inspirational reading.

 Liturgical Living

September has so many great feasts to celebrate I couldn’t just choose one. Catholic Cuisine has a ton of recipes and resources for many of the September feast days. I think our family will choose one to celebrate especially with a special dinner and desert.

Catholic Icing has a super simple craft for recalling Mary’s Seven Sorrows during the month of September which is dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows.

Hidden Gems

A recent Pew Research Poll discovered an alarming decline in belief in the Real Presence among Catholics. Kim of Musings from the Home reflects on the connection between the way holy objects are treated and the way the Eucharist was once treated.

Trish writes about how Babies teach us how to love using all 5 of the love languages in this beautiful post at Seeking After His Heart.

There’s been a bit of a Twitter kerfuffle over Catholic teaching regarding working mothers. Honestly, I think everyone really needs to step-back and take a deep breath. Two bloggers I admire each chimed in with well thought out responses to the controversy and each has a different perspective. Both are worth reading.  Here is Haley’s take at Carrots for Michelmas.  Mater of Old Soul Rad Trad takes rather different approach. (Note: links posted here are not endorsements of any particular opinion on controversial topics)

On her blog La Tejana Gringa, Gianna writes about 3 saints and a blessed who were betrayed by Church leadership in their day; giving us a bit of perspective on the current scandals and betrayal still rocking us today.

The Professionals

Matthew Archbold of the National Catholic Register pens a fascinating article on the conversion of Joseph Stalin’s daughter to Catholicism.

It’s been a rough summer for our home parish in Utah. Our beloved priest has been reassigned to another parish nearly an hour away. In an article for One Peter Five, our fellow parishioner, Meghan, pours her heart out over the move and the deep feeling of loss we’ve all been experiencing. We recently visited him in his new parish and he is thriving. We’ve no doubt he is exactly where God needs him to be and that has given many of us some much needed consolation.

The decision to resign as a US Congressman is the topic of Cerith Gardiner’s piece for Aleteia. I think you’ll find Sean Duffy’s reason for doing so absolutely heartwarming.

The Catholic Thing’s Robert Royal promotes the new, free website through the Domincan run Thomistic Institutes called Aquinas 101.  “Aquinas 101 is a series of free video courses from the Thomistic Institute that help you to engage life’s most urgent philosophical and theological questions with the wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas. In the end, you’ll be able to read Aquinas on his own terms and to master the essentials of his thought.” This video series looks truly intriguing.

From the Archives

September 18, 20, and 21 mark the fall Ember Days. If you’ve never heard of the observation of Ember Days, I wrote a post earlier this year that gives a brief explanation of an old and beautiful tradition.

In light of the aforementioned Twitter battles it might be good to recall Martina’s recent and wise advice for keeping it classy online.

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