Saturday, September 10, 2005

Amen, woman.

Outside the office, a woman just walked by and emphatically said something like "Thank YOU, JESUS! You REALLY are an AWESOME Guy."


Methinks the name of the blog may be attracting the wrong sort of milieu. On checking my stats, I found that some of the hits I get are not from upright citizens, but people looking for er. different things. How did I find that out? By clicking the link that shows where the person came from in the first place - and becoming Right Properly Scandalized.

Divest yourselves of such improper associations and put on the garment of understanding. To "give tongue" is a hunting term meaning that dogs... bark when they are on the trail of their prey. People can also "give tongue" when they cry aloud, and there is a certain quaint joy in imagining some adult yelling and galloping about in hot pursuit of an object, hair departing from its usual flat state, and limbs akimbo.

Too many people mince steps when they walk, or walk about with a bubble of sensitivity and self-consciousness that cries out for attention ("you're so vain - you pro'bly think this song is about you, don't you?"), and then others display a shocking irreverence for proper gait and slouch or waddle along - as if oozing down the sidewalk like gelatinous mass, or slowly creeping like a patch of mold in order to keep their pants (which are already about their knees) from falling - all the way down.

But galloping! Proper gait may be ditched for galloping, for galloping has a wholesome frankness about it. For those women interested in what manner women should walk -

"Here are just a few of the things a lady must keep in mind:

  • In walking, a woman's feet should be moderately turned out, the steps should be equal, firm and light. She should avoid a rapid pace, just as she should avoid a slow gait. And never should she shake from side to side when she walks.

  • Proper young ladies do not indulge in cosmetics, hair-dyes or other forms of insincerity in personal appearance.

  • Ladies do not wear pearls or diamonds in the morning."


Friday, September 09, 2005

Happy Birthday to You

Thy birth, O Virgin Mother of God, was a message of joy to the whole world, for out of thee rose the Sun of righteousness, even Christ our God, Who hath taken away the curse and brought a blessing, confounded death, and given unto us everlasting life.
-Roman Breviary, Antiphon at Second Vespers

St. Anne and the Blessed Virgin are quite fascinating. As a child, I used to think St. Anne must have been a little afraid of Mary because she was too good, and would imagine St. Anne, peeping in a timid way out of her house to see Mary, perfectly obedient, bringing a jug of water up the dusty path to her. Ss. Joseph and Joachim must have been rather surprised, too.

The new Eve had come and the breath of God had fallen upon the world.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Thus I quote and thus must you endure

"In a dream you cannot escape: the feet are leaden-weighted: you cannot stir from before the ominous door which almost imperceptibly moves. It is the same in life; sometimes it is more difficult to make a scene than to die."
~Ministry of Fear, Graham Greene

But I am not at issue in this book with sincere and genuine scholars, but with a vast and vague public opinion which has prematurely spread from certain imperfect investigations, and which has made fashionable a false notion of the whole history of humanity...It is an atmosphere in which men live rather than a thesis which they defend.
~Everlasting Man, G.K. Chesterton

And now, one my sister found:

"Married!" exclaimed Pot, with frightful vehemence. He stopped, smiled darkly, and added, in a low, vindictive tone: "It serves him right!"
~Pickwick Papers, Dickens


Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Right Fred reference here

She isn't even all that pretty.

The heartwarming tale of a woman oppressed by the Church she trusted, torn from the children she loves, struggling to find a place in the desolate world.

The article is rated 14+. This means that you, yes, you darling young reader, cannot read it.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Angels is Swell

I was reading about the Holy Child of Aracoeli (as people often do), and was a bit puzzled when I came across one of those pious traditions. The story goes that the Franciscan friar, who was creating the statue, ran out of paints. Then, a helpful, bonny angel showed up and completed the statue.

This all gave rise to a question: can angels create art? I floated the question to friends and family, and looked to the Summa Theologica for some help. St. Thomas Aquinas did not mention the matter, although he did have some very interesting things to say about angels.

Go to, go to the basics. The Hebrew words for "image" and "likeness" are "selem" and "demut" (respectively). The Greek words are "ikon" and "homoyosis." While the angels may have a more perfect image of God as regards their intellectual nature, the word denotes something static - whereas homoyosis indicates a dynamic orientation. (Thank goodness I kept my O.T. notes!) Only man is created in the likeness of God, and only man is rational and has the ability to sub-create (so to speak). As such, art is "a purely human thing" to quote Jacques Maritain.

Angels don't need art, either. The purpose of art is to draw us to Truth. No good angel is removed from Truth so why would they need to be led back to it?

Furthermore, angels cannot manipulate matter unless God so wills it.

I think that angels can appreciate, art, though - not in the way mankind necessarily does. What say you?

(thank you to friends, family, and the number "G" who bent their thought thissaway)

Sunday, September 04, 2005


Flowers! Note the lineup of morning glories in the back - rather keen. This does not directly pertain to things Catholic, but it is beautiful, and beauty is caught up in truth, so ---

Banana Tree!

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Concerning Manuscripts

So. Pretty.

Miscellaneous thoughts on education

Catholic higher education is, for the most part, in the pits. There are a few notable Catholic institutions renowned for their orthodoxy such as TAC, Ave Maria, Christendom, or Stuebenville. Each of these colleges have certain problems attending them, as do all institutions, but you can at least expect a youth to emerge from them without believing that it is their "duty to use birth control," as my biology professor told the female half of my class quite seriously. Catholic colleges, though, are few and far between.

The Church recommends that children attend a Catholic school and therewith proceed to go to some Catholic college. I echo such sentiments, although my earlier post may have seemed an attack on those who attend Catholic colleges. But no - as I clarified, it was an attack on the attitude of some who actively reject the world because they view it as irredeemable. The primary purpose of college is to bring students to truth, and it is made a much simpler task if the teachers are ones that are trustworthy. At Campion, I experienced a year of unmitigated bliss because I could trust my teachers. At a community college, there is no such luxury.

Now, as a reader brought up, why would one want to attend a secular institution if there are so many dangers besetting it?

There are several reasons: first, the cost. Catholic families are generally large, and as such, sometimes cannot afford to send children off to Notre Dame or TAC. It has been my experience that Catholic colleges do not adequately meet the financial needs of large families and I have had friends who are in similar straits - though from smaller families. In such cases, a student can either enter into debt (thus precluding them from joining an order or starting a family upon graduation) or attend a secular institution that is cheaper. I choose the latter - and as a result, will emerge with a BA scot free from debt. If I had attended a Catholic college, I would be in debt upwards of $20,000. By modern standards, that really isn't that much considering average college debt ranges from $12-18,000, but it still is a rather hefty amount.

Second, there are Catholics at secular institutions. Quite good ones, in fact. If you can find them, then you can establish a group of friends who are as holy or holier than thou, preventing you (unless you're really trying) from taking a nasty fall and entering into bad habits (and I'm not talking blue sweaters and knee-length skirts). So the situation is not as dire as it might seem on the surface.

Third, I tend to give some credit to Catholic youth. If they were raised right, then they should be prepared to face the world at the age of eighteen. If they were raised in such a way that their faith is on the back burner, or if they are particularly susceptible to bad influences, then ship them off to some good institution. Most of the errors in modern thought/false beliefs can be ferreted out fairly quickly because they are so sloppily put. When a teacher writes on the board "THERE IS NO OBJECTIVE TRUTH" and then quietly says "In our enlightened times, we know that there is no objective truth, that truth is subjective," you can but giggle at them. Or, when a philosophy professor says that Muslim women wear veils so that they can wear miniskirts and makeup underneath --- apply same response, rinse, repeat. Or when a professor simply gushes about how wonderful the Aztecs were (woo! Human sacrifice - right ON!) and what a pity it is that we darned Christians had to ruin their culture when really our gods are all the same - who could resist such rhetoric? (All of these are real-life experiences.) Much "liberal" thought has an effect similar to: "Honey, can you take out the garbage?" "What!? Are you saying I'm FAT?" aherm yes.

It is better that one should attend a Catholic college, but Catholics can remain Catholic in a secular institution and there are valid reasons for attending one. This is just a very brief post and one that does no justice, whatsoever, to the whole education...thing.