April 21, 2011

This & That

John Zmirak at Inside Catholic on Good Friday:
It's always a testy issue, how to celebrate Good Friday. Those of us who have the day off wonder whether we're really luckier than those who have to work: At least those people have got their penance already, and can mark the day properly by stepping out at noon to say the rosary, perhaps in a nearby church. Some parishes have evening liturgies, where working stiffs who've put down their daily crosses can gather to mark Christ carrying His, then trickle back home to a sober evening, perhaps spent watching a film that fits the day, while feasting on bread and water -- something like Quo Vadis or The Passion of Joan of Arc.
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Parody is Therapy updated to address the ultimate question for birthers: was Obama born at all?

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I remember why I rarely hit Drudge's site. It's a source of irritation. I'm especially unduly irritated by non-sequitors like Manson's take on Obama. That the LA Times decided this was news was bad enough, but to get picked up by Drudge is ridiculous.

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It’s Holy Thursday and a middle-aged man’s thoughts turn to God. Specifically to two related pieces of information recently garnered.

The first was a review in NR praising the film “Of Gods and Men”. The film showcases Algerian monks who were later murdered by Muslim terrorists and how they (the monks) debated whether to leave and save their lives or stay and lose them. They wanted to live. They loved life and the goodness of creation. The reviewer makes the point that there’s a such a difference between gnosticism, seeing the world and flesh as inherently evil or burdensome, and the monks’ sensibility.

The second bit of information was reading Fr. Stinessen’s explanation of free will in Into Your Hands. To paraphrase perhaps very roughly, he says that God is all about relationship (the Trinity is all relationship) and the quintessential aspect of relationship is giving and receiving. Thus we (and the angels) were created such that there is a period of time in which we can give to God. Once in Heaven, it’s all receiving and no giving. The only time we can actually merit something is now, before Heaven. God gives us the privilege to give Him something and thus be imitative of Him.

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Trying to decide which, if any, magazines I want to subscribe to. I'm currently hooked up (er, can I use that phrase these days?) with National Review and First Things but I seem to have fallen out of the habit of reading them. Wish they were available on Kindle because I think the additional accessibility would help. There is an NR digital subscription, with a pdf I could send to my Kindle.

Haven't subscribed to Time or Newsweek in years due to their overt bias. My subscription to National Geographic has long been fallow.

Other magazines that entice include but don't preclude All About Beer and y Gilbert!, the magazine of the Chesterton Society. Also for something along the lines of The Atlantic or The New Yorker, both of which I've subscribed to in the past and both of which I thought let me down in various ways. Still looking for that "perfect" magazine, which likely doesn't exist.


Librarything.com now has a feature that calculates how tall your book stack would be. Of course I have a good number on Kindle, so it's not entirely accurate but..



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I liked the title I came up with for a post the other day: “Boehner’s Boner” (for the milquetoast budget deal). Like most of my “discoveries”, it’d already been discovered before. A quick Google revealed a decent number of fellow title-holders. It’s part of the fun of the internet age to coin a neologism or fun phrase and see how many beat you to it.

2 comments:

Tom said...

Once in Heaven, it’s all receiving and no giving.

That doesn't sound right. We (ha!) shall be like Christ, and the Son gives all He has back to the Father.

TS said...

It did sound a bit funky but interesting. Will post an exact quotation...