Saturday, September 19, 2009

New on the Blogroll: Liturgy, the Website/Blog

"Worship that works – spirituality that connects"

A post published today starts with:
"Sixty-six teenage lads at Christ's College, on their own initiative, sought sponsorship and had their head shaved and raised more than $14,000 for the Cancer Society. These are notes preparing for an address to the school about this.

"There's been remarks about how losing your hair means you look more similar to each other – lose some of your individuality. There’s been a mention that having shaved your hair you carry yourself with a stronger assurance. Or maybe it is that those less self-assured were less likely to offer themselves for this...."
I don't know that you "lose some of your individuality" when you shave your head. But then, my head has had enough distinctive lumps on it, at least since I turned fourteen, to make the thing stand out: hair or no hair.

I hadn't thought about "the spirituality of hair" all that much, before reading this post. The author brings up interesting questions:
"...There’s a lot to reflect on about hair. If you are later on looking for a doctorate topic – you could easily do one on hair and on the spirituality of hair. Our attitudes to hair, hair length, hair colour, going grey, long hair, going bald, dyeing hair. What is it like belonging to a school which restricts your hair length and style? Why do grown men shave off their facial hair?..."
As for that last point: I last shaved somewhere in the mid-seventies. I never did understand why men in most Western cultures go out of their way to remove a secondary sex characteristic - and finally decided to buck the trend. I'd probably have done it earlier, but in the sixties, growing a beard was a trend, and I never was very good at conformity.

And then there was the fundamentalist/evangelical chap who expressed alarm and disgust at the "effete" habit of men growing beards. That's the exact word he used.

I haven't yet made up my mind, what he thought he meant.

There's much more to Liturgy than that hair post: which is why I've added it to the blogroll, under Other Catholic Websites and Blogs.
A tip of the hat to Liturgy, on Twitter, for the heads-up on this website.

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