The Catholic Church is Definitely Cool

I was visiting Patheos recently to read as usual, (great site check it out!) and I came across a post called “Ten Reasons the Catholic Church is Cool”. The title caught my attention and drew me in so I had to read this article. The author’s list included many things that I thought were definitely cool, so I am going to share a few of them with you.

My favorite reason that the Catholic Church is cool is that there are some traditions we still practice that were created in 33 AD. That is a long time! This wasn’t necessarily a fact I wasn’t aware of, but the post reminded me how rich in tradition the Church really is. A funny one that they included was about Saint Francis of Assisi. Saint Francis of Assisi advocated and spread peace and love before the hippies did.

The Nativity Scene: The History and Origins of a Tradition

Have you ever wondered where the tradition of the nativity scene originated? I have often thought about how this began and looked into it recently. I found a post on US Catholic that explains it all quite well. The post is actually titled, “Who Invented the Nativity Scene?”, and it answered all of my questions on the topic. The first nativity scene was created by Saint Francis of Assisi in 1223. The post goes through the entire history of the nativity scene starting in 1223 and moving towards modern day.

Saint Francis Statue to be Blessed and Placed in Local Zoo

“A Mosman councillor wants to build a “larger-than-life” statue of St Francis of Assisi at the Taronga Zoo, as “a symbol of Mosman’s love and respect of animals”.

Councillor Dom Lopez wants residents to form a committee to flesh out ideas for the statue, which could take any form that “captures the public’s imagination”, reports the Mosman Daily.

He suggested the statue could be embellished with a fountain or bird bath for wildlife, or a drinking trough for pets.

It should also bear an appropriate plaque and could be blessed by Cardinal George Pell at its official unveiling, he said.

The statue would be funded through public donations, with Cr Lopez aiming to raise about $25,000.

Cr Lopez floated the idea last year when he asked the council to investigate installing a statue somewhere in Mosman as a tribute to companion animals.

Each year, companion animals are blessed by Franciscan friars at the Mosman Festival.” – “Statue of St Francis Proposed for Zoo”, CathNews

I found this post over on today and I thought it was a great story. Saint Francis of Assisi is one of my favorite patron saints and I think any place is a great place for his statue to be placed. I love the idea that Cardinal Pell is going to bless the plaque attached to the statue as well. This idea as a whole is just awesome and I really hope that is works out.