Don’t look now, but it’s Friday – time for the Weekly TCC Field Intelligence Report, v.5.2, your source for the Good, True, Beautiful, and Slightly Whimsical! Though to be honest, it might be more accurate to title this the Monthly TCC Field Intelligence Report, but if we do that, it’ll end up being quarterly, and from there, who knows?
Nah. We’ll stick with ‘Weekly’ and hope for the best!
This week the United States of America celebrated their independence, and fireworks aplenty have blazed across the fruited plain. Including the kind that explode in the night sky! Fed up with the political drama and partisan dueling? Need to get away from the revolution for a bit? You’ve come to the right place.
It’s summer here in the Northern Hemisphere, which means it’s hot; and being hot, it means we get thirsty; and being thirsty, it means we want a beer. So naturally we start off with a piece about “The Beer Option”. Following that are nine additional good news stories, uplifting posts, and entertaining, thoughtful articles. A veritable smorgasbord of What You Need.
Kick back with your favorite beverage, and browse for awhile. Let us know if you like what you see – and share with your friends. They deserve a break from the world too, you know!
The Beer Option: What We Can Learn from Brewing Monks – Dr Jared Staudt, Those Catholic Men
Toting Power Saws and Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Teens Rehab Rundown Homes – Hannah Natanson, The Washington Post
“From Monday to Thursday, the high-school-aged volunteers — armed with hammers, power saws and peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches — descended on Shank’s property at 9 a.m. and worked until 4 p.m. to salvage the ramp, build a new back porch and install a skirt around the base of the trailer to keep the trailer warmer and keep out nesting skunks. The students had traveled to Stafford as part of WorkCamp, a week-long initiative run every year by the Catholic Diocese of Arlington that puts local youths to work making the homes of low-income diocese residents warmer, safer and drier.”
Are Talking Animals Biblical? – C.J. Darlington, Speculative Faith
“Have you ever wondered if maybe, just maybe, animals could speak to humans before the fall of man? What if this gift of speech was lost in the same breath as our gift of living forever in these flesh and blood bodies? Is it a crazy idea? Heresy? Or is it just plain wishful thinking? Maybe it’s all three. But there are two Biblical accounts that make me wonder.”
The Creative Mind of J.R.R. Tolkien – K.V. Turley, The National Catholic Register
“On public display at Oxford is an extensive collection of materials related to Tolkien. The exhibition’s theme is the creation of Middle-earth. Gathered from the U.K., the U.S. and France, there are manuscripts, artwork, maps, letters and other artifacts. “Tolkien: Maker of Middle-Earth” includes more than 200 items, 60 of which have never been displayed before, from Bodleian’s extensive Tolkien Archive and Marquette University’s Tolkien Collection, as well as from important private collections, with many items drawn directly from the author’s family.”
Mystery and Motherhood – Is This Not Where Love Dwells? – Haley Stewart, Carrots for Michaelmas
“I’ve been reading Southern novelist Flannery O’Connor’s collection of essays Mystery and Manners. It’s pure gold, all of it. But what has jumped out at me most has been O’Connor’s insights into fiction writing for Catholic authors. She claims that the novelist’s job is to communicate the mystery of the universe, but not through abstractions or preaching or commitment to some belief floating around. The novelist must clearly and effectively communicate mystery to the reader using all she has to work with: the material. The senses, the physical world, a particular place, specific characters. The supernatural can only be expressed through the material.”
15-Year Old “Computer Geek” Declared Venerable – Kathleen N. Hattrup, Aleteia
“Pope Francis today authorized the recognition of the “heroic virtue” of young Carlo Acutis, an Italian boy who died October 12, 2006, at age 15, of leukemia. Acutis was a “computer geek,” who loved all things technological, such that some of the adults who knew him and had studied computer engineering thought he was a genius.”
The Story of the Soccer Ball that Survived the Challenger Explosion – Tonya Malinowski, ESPN
“There on Lorna’s television, inside the 4.4 million-pound launchpad assembly, inside the space shuttle, inside the crew cabin, inside a locker, inside a black duffel bag, was a soccer ball. As the Onizuka girls woke up on Jan. 28, 1986, and found something else for breakfast, the ball sat in Ellison’s locker on board the shuttle. As the crew buckled into their seats and countdown progressed, it was just a ball. But at 11:39 a.m., it became a relic.”
Using What You Have – Jeff Reedy, the blog of jefe
“God had given you gifts like this, too. He has equipped you to do the things He’s calling you to do. He’s not asking you to employ abilities that are beyond you. Not everyone can sing, and if you can’t, then He’s not asking you to become a singer. If you can’t do math, He’s not asking you to be an accountant. He wants you to use the gifts that He HAS given you to help other people.”
“This small but mighty hero was ready to celebrate her ninth birthday with family and friends, including her 1-year-old brother, Leeland. With the rest of the family caught up in getting ready for the party and not paying attention to him, Leeland decided to take a walk to the backyard and jump into the pool.”
How Irish Monks Saved the World (From the Dark Side) – Philip Kosloski, The Catholic Gentleman
“Over a thousand years ago there lived a group of warrior-monks on an island seven miles off the coast of Ireland called “Skellig Michael” (an island recently made famous by Star Wars: The Last Jedi). They were almost entirely cut off from the world and were (voluntarily) stranded on an island that was relatively small and treacherous to live on. It was a difficult life, but one they believed would bear much fruit.”