It’s been sort of a slow week, so my five things might not be as up to par as usual. But don’t worry kids, Santa has his preverbal sleigh filled up with lots of goodies for you!
1. Mike Izbicki explains his reasons for becoming a conscientious objector for the US Navy as a former nuclear submarine officer. A very good talk about our most difficult ethical questions regarding war.
2. This quote by St. Seraphim of Sarov, from his dialogue in The Acquisition of the Holy Spirit:
Prayer, fasting, vigils and all other Christian practices, however good they may be in and of themselves, do not constitute the true goal of our Christian life. They only serve as the indispensable means of attaining it. The true goal of our Christian life consists in the acquisition of the Holy Spirit of God. Fasting, keeping vigil, prayers, and charity, as well as every other good deed done for the sake of Christ, are but the means through which we may acquire the Holy Spirit of God.
This short book is an excellent read for any Christian. I highly recommend it.
4. This Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer.
5. I learned some things about the Coptic Christians when I watched this segment on the Coptic Christians of Egypt on 60 Minutes.
Man, I love 60 Minutes.