Three good end-of-year pieces by fellow bloggers whom I esteem greatly and from whom I always learn a great deal:
Phil Ewing at Blue Eyed Ennis, "Reasons to Be Cheerful 2012":
Love is absolutely vital for a human life. For love alone can awaken what is divine within you. In love, you grow and come home to your self. When you learn to love and let yourself be loved, you come home to the hearth of your own spirit (as cited, from John O'Donohue, Anam Cara; A Book Of Celtic Wisdom).
Michael Bayly at Wild Reed, "The Wild Reed's Year in Review" (part one of a three-part series; one links to two and three):
If you’ve yet to read these posts then I hope you'll take the time to do so. I also hope that the experiences and insights they convey will resonate with you and encourage and inspire you on your journey.
As this year ends, I'm remembering Michael's hard work for months on end to promote marriage equality in Minnesota, and his advocacy for a Catholic position on marriage that rejects discrimination--hard work and advocacy that paid off last month when Minnesota voters rejected the attempt to inscribe prejudice in their state constitution.
The Coughlin Award — affectionately known as “The Coughie” — is our way of recognizing the person who has best exemplified an exclusionary, strident interpretation of the Catholic faith in the preceding year. The award is named for Father Charles Coughlin, the notorious radio priest of the 1930s who is the role model for today’s Religious Right radio and television evangelists, and other conservative media personalities. . . . The winner of this year's Coughlin Award is Bishop Daniel Jenky, of Peoria, Illinois for his outstanding achievements in fanning the flames of the culture wars.
A happy, healthy, and grace-filled 2013 to all readers.
Sean McGrath's photo of a new journal is from Creative Commons.