The Potluck Wednesday post has been on hiatus for a couple of weeks, but now that we're back on a more or less normal schedule here at the Cardigan house I'd like to resume them. There's always so much out there to share!
Creative Minority Report shares the news of this new approach for keeping Catholic children safe: a coloring book designed to make them terrified of adults. It features a theologically-gender-incorrect guardian angel who in one picture allegedly wears a two-piece bathing suit. Okay, kiddies, so stay away from priests--but it's fine to ogle women in bikinis. Got that, everybody?
If guardian angels in bikinis weren't enough to make you want to gouge your eyes out, go here to vote on whether the Catholic priest or the Anglican vicar is wearing the uglier chasuble. (Hat tip: Curt Jester.) I chose the priest solely on the grounds that in our hierarchical structure it was somebody's job to stop him before that act of visual liturgical violence was inflicted on those unsuspecting kiddies.
Feeling a little "malled" by the over-commercialization of Christmas? Rod Dreher has some thoughts on our national shopping pastime.
While we're on the subject of the War on Christmas, what about the skirmish about Santa? Do you allow the jolly saint to put treats in shoes (tonight!) and/or gifts below the tree? I do; don't think I could come up with any of the Christmas spirit of generosity and selflessness without St. Nicholas whispering into my ear; I'm convinced that he's the only reason my children ever receive for Christmas such things as stuffed animals (which they have far too many of) or toys whose boxes proclaim "Over Six Hundred Pieces Inside!!"
Father Z at WDTPRS is feeling a little blue. No, not really; he's seeing red. Or seeing blue is making him see red. Hey, let's combine that red and blue for liturgically correct purple vestments!
Last, but not least, Jennifer F. has a wonderful post about getting rid of attachment to sin. Just the thing for some Advent spiritual pondering!
Happy first week of Advent!