It may be pretentious of me to think you care, but in the spirit of New Years, I made a list of some people/places/things and apostolates that I've discovered or come to love more in 2010... In case you haven't heard. (By the way, I discovered Glee in the fall of 2009... I didn't forget).
Here ya go:
5thousand. Two guys from SC who have put together a great retreat ministry. They got my too-cool-for-school kiddos singing, praying and into the sacraments. Plus they played well with others (in this case it was APeX Ministies). All solid. But if you haven’t heard of 5thousand (cause they're new-er-ish) check them out.
Seraphic Singles Blog. (NOT a catholic match making service). This blog is Ben and Jerry’s for your heart, mind and soul. She's snarky. And she’ll help you be holy.
Stuff Christians Like. Cause Christians are funny and we need to laugh at ourselves. John Acuff is a genius.
The Middle. I got my mom the first season of this series and it’s pro-family, pro-marriage, pro-laugh-at-how-awkward-family-life-can-be. I don't know when Reverend Tom Tom, the youth minister shows up, but that makes it even better.
Snuggies. A blanket with sleeves. I converted when Hilton Head froze over last January and I’ve never looked back. Do I do the macarena in it? You'll never know.
This American Life. The stories this NPR series tells will make you laugh, cry and sit in a parking lot on the edge of your seat cause you have to know how it ends. There's also a podcast. I highly recomend it. Coming in close second is The Moth.
Martha Fernandez-Sardina. This evangelist gave a talk at the St. John Bosco conference this summer that had everyone on the edge of their seat. She’ll be coming to Fire at the Beach on Hilton Head in September of 2011. Save the date.
The Pioneer Woman. She makes me want to cook. And homeschool. And she makes them both seem cool.
Catholic Youth Ministry's Teen Girl Squad/Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants... or something like that: Ann Marie Cribbin, Tammy Evevard, Joia Farmer and Judy McDonald. I’m always inspired when I see women leading in youth ministry... it happens less than you think. I was really excited find these women on twitter and hear youth ministry with a distinctly feminine voice. Often youth ministry has a very “I play fantasy football and Halo 3” flavor and it’s cool to hear from the perspective of bedazzled True Religions and glitter.
Cornhole. I don’t know if it’s the complex scoring system, the Midwest flavor or the fact that it’s replaced conversation at bars. But I love it. We got the youth group's set from Bluffton Cornhole. They look awesome.
NCCYM. While it had it’s share of cheese, I’m glad I went. Part workshop, part conference, part reunion, part... well, there were lots of parts... but the Saturday Night Comedy was especially epic.
Family Honor. An organization in South Carolina that’s teaching the virtue of Chastity to Families. They’re accomplishing what Pope John Paul II challenged us to do in The Truth and meaning of Human Sexuality and it’s awesome.
The Catholic Drinkie is filling an interesting role in showing the lighter side of Catholicism... I realized this when some of my friends on twitter who are very much not Catholic started following her... and talking to her about the faith. She's capturing an essential aspect of Catholic culture and reaching out to non-Catholics in the process. Snaps.