Friday Linkage: Brigid’s Getting Married edition

Short and sweet today because our beloved Brigid is getting married on Sunday and preparations and festivities are underway!

The Real Magic Behind All the Hype of a Wedding Day [Verily]

Weddings and Hometown Memories [Orson Scott Card]

Homily on Marriage [St. John Chrysostom]

Quotable

Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness.

– George MacDonald

Congrats to Fr. Gabriel and Matushka Laura

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Our very own Laura is now Matushka Laura. Her husband Gabe was elevated to the priesthood on July 28. Axios Axios Axios!

Linkage

Mostly on marriage, a couple links on what it means to be a man or a woman. Also, the NY Times is on a roll.

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The Wedding Toast I’ll Never Give [NY Times]
“My husband of 11 years and I sit at these weddings listening to our in-thrall friends describe all the ways in which they will excel at being married. “I will always be your best friend,” they say, reading from wrinkled pieces of paper held in shaking hands. “I will never let you down.” I clap along with everyone else; I love weddings. Still, there is so much I want to say.”

A Master’s Degree in … Masculinity? [NY Times]
““Now you’re in the wheelhouse,” he said, excitedly. He pointed to the Good Man list on the left side of the board, then to the Real Man list he’d added to the right. “Look at the disparity. I think American men are confused about what it means to be a man.”” 

I’m Too Old for This [NY Times]
“Let others feel bad about their chicken wings — and their bottoms, their necks and their multitude of creases and wrinkles. I’m too old for this. I spent years, starting before I was a teenager, feeling insecure about my looks.”

Obey [Seraphic]
“He was the most manipulative young man I ever met in my whole life, and that is saying something. …Reader, I married him.”

On Incompatible Marriage Partners [Elder Paisios]
“Don’t you understand that God’s harmony lies in the different characters? Different characters harmonize each other. God save you from being the same characters! Imagine that both of you have the same character, what would happen if both of you grew angry: you would destroy your house.”