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Thursday, May 28, 2015

"Theology of Love," eh?

Theology of the Boner is more like it. If you're ever curious about what you can get away with and still call yourself Catholic, take a look at the Huns--it's a lot. Just take it easy on that whole love of Tradition thing, Cryptolefebvrian.

Me, I'm just kicking back and watching it burn this year. Heather and the kids are doing well, I've only obliterated one lawnmower blade so far this year, and we've got stuff to read. 

And even my fifteen year old Buick Regal has stopped trying to poison or rattle me to death. Though I destroyed one of its tires on I-94. And I do mean destroyed:

Oh, and I lost and miraculously found my smartphone along Eight Mile Road last week. An age of technological wonders...which I enjoy. 

Coupled with burgeoning human wilfulness...which I don't.

 Sounds exciting!

So, how y'all been?


  1. Pretty well, all things considered. It's been a mixture of crapfests and moments of unspeakable grace. On the whole, the family and I are okay.

  2. I guess God can write straight with bent lines.

    Yeah, just let that one sink in...

  3. We feel like this stuff can't be avoided here in Kansas City. Right in the thick of it, as always. Thank God I can focus on my children.

  4. Great! Ignoring the activity in Rome and the blogosphere, getting more involved with the SCA, playing more board games and AD&D, deeply involved in our parish and domestic church.

  5. My usual line: "The status quo is status quo." My employment outlook has takes a couple of unique twists (and, yes, I am still seeking something more substantial). Things are happening at my local parish I am trying to understand (as well as my diocese, as the cathedra will become vacant next Thursday).

    As the Chinese proverb states, "May you live in interesting times."

  6. Pretty crappy, actually. I haven't been out of my place in almost a week because I had a gout flare-up. Left foot. I did what I usually do. Drink lots of nothing but water and stay off the thing. So I watched a lot of television and took a lot of naps. Ran out of booze Monday or so but oddly enough I really haven't missed it. I also ran out of painkillers which I really HAVE missed.

    Not a problem, I thought. I'll just text my sister (I do that now on rare occasions; Sis gave me a smart phone for Christmas) and ask here to pick me up some Aleve. Love to, she shot back, except that I'm in Florida. So I resumed hobbling around my apartment, drinking water and taking naps. It seems to be dying down so if I can get a shoe on without screaming tomorrow, I'll take a cab over to the market and restock the larder. May reward my patience with a bottle of Evan Williams or something. :-)

  7. playing more board games and AD&D

    If you didn't already know, check out

    and on YouTube: The Dice Tower

  8. @Scott W.,
    Thanks. I'm familiar with BGG. I've just never registered there. I do check out what they have to say when making a new purchase. Although I've been pre-ordering some of GMT Games' stuff for several years and I'm very happy with them.

    I wasn't familiar with The Dice Tower. Thanks.

  9. Hoping you're well, DP, and keeping you and all in mind.

  10. Although I've been pre-ordering some of GMT Games

    GMT has got some great stuff. I recently got Fire in the Lake and Paths of Glory. I'm not a NASCAR fan at all, but a friend of mine got their Thunder Alley and I was surprisingly impressed.

  11. Dale,
    Didn't know we were fellow Michiganders. I was Born and raised in Royal Oak. Went back there to see my siblings last month and the place is green...very green. Miss that in CA

  12. Saint Vincent of Lerins teaches that it is the most religious amongst us who are the least likely to approve novelties -and, obviously, the opposite is true.

    It has been crystal clear for quite some time that the Prelature abounds with epicene ecclesiastics who do not love God or worship Him with the same level of spiritual truth as do those routinely mocked as pharisaical and rosary-counters.

    Hey, weren't we recently reminded that torture is sinful?

    OK, this extended mendacious process is spiritual torture that must end.

    Just put us out of our misery and make the damn change now instead of waiting.

    O, and Raider Fan remembers you and your at daily Mass, sir.

  13. Reasons to Believe in Jesus

    Reasons to believe Jesus is alive in a new life with God can be found in quotes from two prominent atheists and a biology textbook.

    Thus the passion of man is the reverse of that of Christ, for man loses himself as man in order that God may be born. But the idea of God is contradictory and we lose ourselves in vain. Man is a useless passion. (Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness: A Phenomenological Essay on Ontology, New York: Washington Square Press, p. 784)

    Among the traditional candidates for comprehensive understanding of the relation of mind to the physical world, I believe the weight of evidence favors some from of neutral monism over the traditional alternatives of materialism, idealism, and dualism. (Thomas Nagel, Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False, location 69 of 1831)

    And certain properties of the human brain distinguish our species from all other animals. The human brain is, after all, the only known collection of matter that tries to understand itself. To most biologists, the brain and the mind are one and the same; understand how the brain is organized and how it works, and we’ll understand such mindful functions as abstract thought and feelings. Some philosophers are less comfortable with this mechanistic view of mind, finding Descartes’ concept of a mind-body duality more attractive. (Neil Campbell, Biology, 4th edition, p. 776 )

    Sartre speaks of the "passion of man," not the passion of Christians. He is acknowledging that all religions east and west believe there is a transcendental reality and that perfect fulfillment comes from being united with this reality after we die. He then defines this passion with a reference to Christian doctrine which means he is acknowledging the historical reasons for believing in Jesus. He does not deny God exists. He is only saying the concept of God is contradictory. He then admits that since life ends in the grave, it has no meaning.

    From the title of the book, you can see that Nagel understands that humans are embodied sprits and that the humans soul is spiritual. He says, however, that dualism and idealism are "traditional" alternatives to materialism. Dualism and idealism are just bright ideas from Descartes and Berkeley. The traditional alternative to materialism is monism. According to Thomas Aquinas unity is the transcendental property of being. Campbell does not even grasp the concept of monism. The only theories he grasps are dualism and materialism.

    If all atheists were like Sartre, it would be an obstacle to faith. An important reason to believe in Jesus is that practically all atheists are like Nagel and Campbell, not like Sartre.

    by David Roemer