Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas blog break!

Just checking in to wish all of you a blessed last week of Advent! I'm taking a blog break until after the first of next year--though, as always, I reserve the right to pop back in here with a post or six before then. And I'll probably manage to wish all my readers a Merry Christmas at the proper time, but if you're going to be away--Merry Christmas early!

I can see that after Jan. 1 I'm going to have to write a post about what constitutes true Catholic manliness. I continue to be amazed--and rather amused--at the hostility I'm getting from regular readers because I criticized the notion that pipe smoking is somehow the epitome of manliness. Wow.

Anyway, a blessed Advent to all, as Christmas draws near!

10 comments:

The Cottage Child said...

I'm taking odds that we hear from you (gladly!) within 72 hours. Anyone else?

Blessed Advent, Erin, and early Merry Christmas. Thanks for the gift of an always informative read. It does not go unappreciated.

scotch meg said...

I will miss you, but until then...

Merry Christmas!
Happy New Year!

Tobins said...

I hope the rest of your Advent is blessed and that your Christmas is joyful!

I'll look forward to your post about true Catholic manliness, especially since we agree about pipe smoking.

LarryD said...

Erin - blessed Advent! Merry Christmas! Happy Boxing Day! Happy Feast of St. Stephen! Happy New Year! Blessed Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God!

Did I forget any?

Charlotte said...

Personally, I thought that list of man gifts was very.....uh.....traddy in nature. I held my tongue before, but I decided to just say it.

Patrick said...

@ Red Cardigan:

"I'm going to have to write a post about what constitutes true Catholic manliness."

I'm looking forward to this with delight. It's true that smoking a pipe doesn't *make* you more manly; it's just that some manly men in the past have also smoked pipes. When I think of the only two pipe smokers I knew, they were both very manly man. But they were both war vets and tradesmen - and *that* is what made them manly; the pipes were just a fancy of their day.

On St. Joe: yes, practical carpentry skills are manly. But St. Joe isn't the most manly man ever - Christ is. A carpenter and a self-sacrificer.

Red Cardigan said...

Well, yes, Patrick--but as He is also God, I thought I'd stick to the most manly of the merely human men, lest I be accused of holding human men to an impossible standard. :)

Patrick said...

Oh, I'm not recommending mortal men try to imitate His *divine* nature. Nobody can drink that cup, as He says somewhere to the sons of Zebedee - nobody can create all things, justify themselves by merit, speak on his own authority - no man can do *that* except Him.

I'm suggesting men imitate Christ's *human* nature: he was also a man with a mother after all. Perhaps that's the more mundane side of Christ, but also the very part of theology that makes us different than the Muslims. And Christ's manliness is what gives us our human dignity: you won't see us forcing women to become genderless with burqas and female genital mutilation; neither will you see us with slavish dietary laws and servility as if we were slaves instead of adopted sons and daughters (different from humility: our submission is an *effect* of grace, not a *cause*). Without Christ's humanity, the gulf between God and man wouldn't be bridged, and we would be justly slaves.

So no - man isn't the creator of the universe. But he can still imitate non-blasphemously Christ's manly qualities as a human: fidelity, sacrifice, perseverance, not shirking responsibility, being a good friend to his friends, devotion to each other and Our Lady. A man can imitate *that* without blasphemy. It's easy but treacherous to forget that God was also a man, and that we're inaugurated into His entire life.

Patrick said...

I miswrote about the difference between us an Muslims: of course they don't see Jesus as "just a God". I believe that was the Albigensian heresy. All I meant was that God took on the form of a man, which turns us from corrupt, deficient beings into Adopted Children (through Christ). And so we're not to contort ourselves in servility, unlike Muslims.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

Merry Christmas Eric!