Monday, October 30, 2006

Freeing Morality: A Brief Case for Moral Humanity

A short essary I wrote for the LSU-Parousians. Here is the link:

Freeing Morality: A Brief Case for Moral Humanity

From Essay:
To those individuals who propose that morality is a made up invention of humanity. To those people who seek to free humanity from such oppressive codes of conduct as morality, and who view morality as if it is an old shoe with a hole in it, which has worn out its usefulness and should be discarded. Their proof for these claims: none.


Be sure to read till the end. Peace.

Priests Doing the Dishes

News Flash: Vatican to prohibit lay Communion ministers from purifying Communion vessels!

Catholic women, at first in shock, are thrilled that they will no longer get stuck washing the dishes at church!

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Supernatural/Paranormal

Chesterton wrote in an essay that "Modern people think the supernatural so improbable that they want to see it. I think it so probable that I leave it alone. Spirits are not worth all this fuss; I know that, for I am one myself" ("Skepticism and Spiritualism" Illustrated London News, April 14, 1906).

Here are a lits of TV shows that involve the Paranormal and Supernatural. The shows in bold are the ones that try to pass themselves as non-fiction, non-biases, documentary. As far as I can recall, all the shows listed by channel can still be seen on TV.

I think Chesterton is right. Just look at the number of shows on TV alone.

Court TV
-Psychic Detectives
-Haunting Evidence


Travel Channel
-Most Haunted
-Ghost Hunters


Biography Channel
-Dead Famous

USA
-The Dead Zone

Sci-Fi
-Ghost Hunters
-SciFi Investigates


Discovery Channel
-One Step Beyond

CBS
-Ghost Whisperer

ABC
-Nightstalker

The WB
-Charmed
-Supernatural
-Buffy
-Angel

NBC
-Medium


Coming Soon…..
-Ghost Encounters (channel, time, and day not yet determined)

No longer running or Not sure if still on air
-Unsolved Mysteries
-Unexplained Mysteries
-Sightings
-Ghostwatch
-Crossing Over
-Author C Clarke’s Mysterious World
-Author C Clarke’s Mysterious Universe
-Proof Positive

Friday, October 27, 2006

Three Paragraphs on Fantasy and Imagination

Imagination not Fantasy

When I speak of Imagination, I do not mean fantasy, nor do I mean fantasy as in the literary genre – fantasy literature is only a product of our creative imagination and not of fantasy. Imagination, by nature, is something necessary for a healthy mind. It helps to produce something outside our self – like a poem, or a prayer. Where as Fantasy turns the individual inward, to the ego: it is delusion and foolery to the self. Sayers says in "Mind of the Maker" that the imagination works outward steadily increasing the gap between the visioned and the actual … Few writers of crime-stories become murderers – if any do, it is not a result of identifying themselves with the murderous” (pg 144 Mind of the Maker). With fantasy, she says it is “bluring the boundary between the visioned and the actual … so that the child who has fantasized himself a murderer ends by becoming a Loeb or a Leopold” (pg 143-4 Mind of the Maker). Sayers is saying that an individual cannot live in the imagination; however, an individual may spend a life time living a fantasy and not know it because their fantasy has become real. And has been played out to the last and only possible end: insanity. So imagination is the product of the sane mind and fantasy is the product of the insane mind.

One might ask “how do we know whether we are playing with imagination or living fantasy?” Simply put, when we are using our imagination we know when we are using it, and if we are not readily conscience of our using it then it becomes apparent after we have stopped imagining (day dreaming). With fantasy, it is the opposite. The one living in fantasy does not know he is living a fantasy and usually does something drastic to prove that his fantasy is the state of the world. Tolkein did not think himself to be Frodo, but David Koresh thought himself to be Christ. Koresh did not mearly imagine himself to be Christ come again, he really thought and believed himself to be Christ in his fantasy. Koresh had no option but to love his fantasy to its end result: insanity (Christ-complex) and suicide.

In a word, imagination is life giving or at least life aiding. Fantasy is self-destructive, self-absorbed, and a self-delusion. One might speculate the poet to be more right about God than the theologian or the philosopher, for the poet is not limited by his mind in order to figure things out. As Chesterton puts it, “Poetry is sane because it floats easily in an infinite sea; reason [fantasy] seeks to cross the infinite sea, and so make it finite … The Poet only asks to get his head into the heavens. It is the logician [fantasizer] who seeks to get the heavens into his head. And it is his head that splits” (Orthodoxy).

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Bulletproof Textbooks

Textbooks

I can see the new slogan:
"Books: not just for reading anymore."
Kevlar Covers.

Finally a way to put to use all those boring high school texts. Who knows, Home Economics might just save your life one day.

Is that Coke You're Drinking?

Cocaine

From Story:
"Convenience-store operator 7-Eleven Inc. is telling franchises to pull a high-caffeine drink from its shelves because of the product's name: Cocaine.

The company acted after getting complaints from parents of teens, who are a big part of the drink's target audience."

I'm confused. Is the target audience teens, or is it the parents of teens?

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Fallacies

Nizkor Project

Ever knew a person's argument was wrong and couldn't figure out why? Check out the Nizkor Project. Here is a list of 42 common, and not so common, fallacies found in arguments. The author also provides examples of each fallacy. It is worth visiting periodically to keep up with philosophical education and logical thinking.

You are what you eat.

The Church where I work asked me to do a very short reflection for the bulletin this week. This is what I wrote. I might go more into this a bit later. I was limited to about 250 words.

[begin quote]
Friends,

“You are what you eat,” or at least that is how the popular phrase goes. There exists (or at least should exist) a practical application of theology to life. So we ask, “what does the phrase ‘You are what you eat’ mean to the Christian-Catholic?” If the following statement is true then humanity has no choice but to die because all the food humanity consumes is dead. It is a sad fate of death for humanity: one of the only two inevitable things in life – the other being taxes.

But imagine for one moment that there is a food that is living and does not die. STOP! No need to imagine. We Catholics have such a reality and food found in the form of the Blessed Eucharist, which is truly the Body and Blood of Christ. It is through the participation in the Blessed Sacrament that we too might have life and nourishment for our souls. You wouldn’t go a week without eating. Why go a week without feeding your soul?

Moreover, if the first statement is true then not only are we invited to have life from Christ, but we are also called to be Christ to one another. Christ has no other hands but ours and no other feet then our own. So what are you doing to bring Christ to others, and what are you going to do about it right now?
Peace,
[end quote]

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Jesus Been Misbehaving?

I Finally figured out why when Catholic Churches put the tabernacle off to the side and in a corner it bothers me. It is because whenever a person is put in the corner it is because he or she has been bad. Think about it. The only time I was in the corner growing up was when my mother put me there for misbehaving.

If actions, and this includes the placement of things, speak louder than words then those people are making a HUGH statement by putting Christ in the corner.

This might be something small but the corner is no place for a King nor is it any place for God. I could be over reacting, but think about the implications this might have on a child. They associate badness with being placed in the corner and by no fault of their own have in the background of their mind that Jesus is bad -- not evil, not really good either.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

880 Words On Free, Mature, and Responsible Sex.


In regards to sex, there are those who think that it is the responsible thing to have readily available contraceptive so that people can have free, mature, and responsible sexual encounters. As if a person becomes free, mature, and responsible simply by taking a pill or by donning a piece of rubber, while all aspects of slavery, immaturity, and irresponsibility disappear while on the pill or using protection.

“I am going to have sex,” A person says. “I will be mature and responsible and use contraception,” so goes the monologue given without a thought to whether or not he or she is mature and responsible. If maturity or responsibility was as simple as taking a pill or by putting on an additional piece of clothing, I would image the world would be born mature and responsible, and there would be no real need for growing up, nor would mothers have to chase after sons telling them to “feed the dog” because sons of the world would be born responsible and already do such things. Yet, I cannot call a person mature nor responsible just by the mere fact that they take a pill or put on more clothing than his or her neighbor, for the pill taken could be unhealthy and the clothing put on might be dangerous, both of which actions would not be mature nor responsible.

And I wonder, from what, or even from where, exactly is it that they need to be freed? I don’t see these individuals behind bars nor chained to a chair nor in any other condition of slavery (whether by disease or person) from which they need freeing. I ask, are they freeing themselves from that which they already have: freedom? More importantly, are they revolting against the natural processes of biology and life? It is strange that the person who is already free thinks that he or she needs to be freed from something – as we do all need to be freed from something, but what it is we need freeing from we are often mistaken. All that I can deduce is that these individuals are trying to free themselves from themselves and from their biology; however, they were already free before the ingesting of the pill and such.

I hesitate to say that they are becoming more free, because what really happens is that they go not from freedom to freedom, but from freedom to slavery in the form of a pill or piece of rubber, for to free oneself from freedom is not to make one more free or free at all, but it is to become a slave dependent upon something or someone else. And what it is these people have become dependent upon (or slaves to) is the pill they take and the rubber they don, because they now no longer even think of having sex without this pill or piece of rubber whether inside of marriage or outside of marriage.

Those people who advocate readily available contraceptive want people to have as much sex as possible, as often as possible, and wherever possible -- much like my dog who when in heat engages in as much mating as possible, as often as possible, and wherever possible. Not to mention my dog is only as free as I deem it to be. So to the advocates of such practices have some how decided that they had the authority to allow us to be “free” only so much as they saw us fit to be free, which really means becoming dependent upon them for our needs: i.e. them making us slaves to their products. A part of freedom not only includes saying, “yes,” but also saying, “no.” Those advocators would prefer if people never say, “no” -- much like my dog that can never say, “no.” The question is are they trying to make people fully human and fully alive, or are they trying to make humanity into animals?

On another note, everyone knows that there are no men who are both mature and responsible. We men never really grow beyond the stage where flatulence is humorous and shiny metal objects are distracting – like new cars and earrings, and therefore never really mature. Certainly there are many responsible men in the world. We learn to respond quite well, when given the proper instruction. Moreover, it is said that men are poor communicators, and this especially so when applied to women, for men are exceptionally bad communicators when it comes to women.

Yet, the most fundamental key point to a good relationship – whether sexual or not – is communication. Still there are many who before partaking in the most intimate form of communication (sex) consciously agree with their partner to put up a barrier between themselves. They might as well agree to the building of a brick wall between themselves separating each person from the other before engaging in sexual intercourse. The man might tell her “I love you,” but she only hears “olive juice” through the wall. No wonder so many relationships fail. There are many things in life that I am not sure about, but I do know that actions speak louder than words, and that the last thing any relationship needs is another barrier.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Non-Religious Arguments

I was discussing with a person the issues of contraception. He wanted to have a "non-religious" argument. Mid way through the conversation I realized his "non-religious" and my "non-religous" view were different. After him accusing me of using religion in the argument, which I never did, I asked him to clarify what he meant by "non-religious". This is how I phrased the request.

[begin quote]
"Non-religious," do you mean scientific? Do you mean atheistic? Can an agnostic enter in the debate? What about the Humanists? What for the people who are spiritual but don't claim religion -- can they participate? I know of many different religions, but I have never heard of a "non-religion" in our world of which that has been qualified, so that we can have such a "non-religious" debate about something such as contraception. Because there are no "non-religions" we can have no "non-religious" arguments. Therefore the only argument can be a religious argument. The question is, which religion do you want to use as your basis for your argument.
[end quote]

Friday, October 13, 2006

The World Made Fresh 2

Being curious about the Rosary, I called up my dear friend, who is more direct than proper, Mr. T. And I asked, "Why Pray the Rosary? Why Mary?" This is want he said:

I pity the fool who don’t pray to Mary. Don’t you know that devotion to Mary is intrinsic to Christian worship? Mary isn’t just Jesus’ mother: She is our mother too. Haven’t you ever read the Gospels, fool? Don’t you know the 4th commandment? Only fools don’t now that the Rosary is meditation upon the whole Christian message. Don’t worry, Devo to Mary doesn’t take nothing from Jesus; in fact, it's just the opposite. She brings you closer to Jesus, Fool. That’s why she is the one who shows the way to He who is the way. You can’t do it on your own. Life is easier with help. So don’t be a fool. Ask for Mary’s help. Pray the Rosary, and find Jesus, FOOL!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Those Damn Marijuana Plants

10-Foot Tall Marijuana Forest.

Yes, Canada has stepped up its fight on terror by burning down the Afgan Marijuana forests in Canada. Fight terror and get high too -- note, Canada is not responsible for any paranoid feelings after smoking .... I mean burning down the Marijuana forests.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

America's Secret Weapon

Here it is boys and girls. America's new secret weapon for the war on terror.

Made in the Womb

What can I say: I'm a product of my mother. I've seen all those "Made in" shirts and "Made in" tags on my shirts. I though this was appropriate for humanity.

Monday, October 09, 2006

No More High School Dances!


























But Mom, Why Can't I Bump and Grind?

Leave it to them Baptist to wanna get rid of anything remotely fun, but she does make an interesting point about dancing .... uhh I mean grinding .... oh wait, let me just call it what it is -- rubbing up and down another person's body part for arousal. I agree grinding at a high school dance is sketchy. How about a different solution. Instead of just getting rid of all high school dances (because all the awkward boys and girls would hate you if you got rid of dances) how about monitoring the music selection a little more closely. Maybe have a sock hop. Teach the students to do the kind of dancing that requires more than two brain cells.

Image was drawn by Alice Wack from an issue of the LSU Reveille. Please don't ask which issue. I don't remember.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Something about Mary


I'm not positive, but I think there is something about Mary. After all, October is the month of the Rosary. If you are interested here is a great Marian site about the rosary. Rosary Army Also, they do a great Podcast. If you haven't been listening to pod casting you need to get with it. Pod casting is amazing.

Sex Offender Demands Playboy on PC

Playboy in Prison

This is ridiculous! I can't believe they are actually proceeding with a trial and taking this case seriously. What's next, crack for the drug addicts in prison? Maybe massive amounts of alcohol for the inmates too.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

St. Francis


Alright already. I forgot to change the date on my watch. I'm a whole 24 hours off. I thought today was the 4th of October. Why can't we have a set number of days in a month? That would make keeping track of the date on my watch much easier -- I wouldn't have to keep fixing it every two months.

Anyway, Happy belated St. Francis Day.

Here are two prayers of Francis' that I like. I hope you do too.

The Prayer of ST. Francis before the Cross at San Damiano.

Most High glorious God, bring light to the darkness of my heart.
Give me right faith, certain hope and perfect charity, insight and wisdom,
so I can always observe your holy and true command. Amen.


The Prayer of St. Francis:

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Amen.

And if your prefer the original that Francis wrote himself:
Seigneur, faites de moi un instrument de votre paix.
Là où il y a de la haine, que je mette l'amour.
Là où il y a l'offense, que je mette le pardon.
Là où il y a la discorde, que je mette l'union.
Là où il y a l'erreur, que je mette la vérité.
Là où il y a le doute, que je mette la foi.
Là où il y a le désespoir, que je mette l'espérance.
Là où il y a les ténèbres, que je mette votre lumière.
Là où il y a la tristesse, que je mette la joie.
Ô Maître, que je ne cherche pas tant à être consolé qu'à consoler, à être compris qu'à comprendre, à être aimé qu'à aimer, car c'est en donnant qu'on reçoit, c'est en s'oubliant qu'on trouve, c'est en pardonnant qu'on est pardonné, c'est en mourant qu'on ressuscite à l'éternelle vie.

When Shit Happens

Know How to Respond to Shit when it does happen. (From an email from a friend.)

†SHITTY QUOTES†

Confucianism: Confucius says, "Shit happens"
Buddhism: If shit happens, it isn't really shit
Hinduism: This shit has happened before
Islam: If shit happens, it is the will of Allah
Agnosticism: Does shit happen?
Stoicism: This shit is good enough for me
Rastafarianism: Let's smoke this shit...
Atheism: No Shit!
Catholicism: Shit happens because you are BAD. Now where'd I put my drink?
Protestantism: Catholics are full of shit
Methodism: Let shit happen to somebody else
Calvinism: Shit happens because you don't work hard enough
Presbyterianism: This shit was bound to happen
Episcopalianism: If shit happens, hold a procession
Lutheranism: Shit happens, but as long as you're sorry, it's okay
Anglicanism: Shit happens, but only to Lutherans
Mormonism: Excrement occurs
Baptist: You are shitting all wrong, and you're going to hell for it
Pentacostal: Praise the shit!!
Jehovah's Witness: Knock, knock. Shit happens!!
Judaism: Why does shit always happen to us?
Paganism: Shit happens for a variety of reasons
Seventh Day Adventist: No shit on Saturdays
Amish: Shit is good for the soil
Existentialism: What is shit anyway?
Hedonism: There's nothing like a good shit happening
Darwinism: Death to the shittiest
Televangelism: Your tax-deductable donation can prevent this shit from happening
Fundamentalism: There's no shit in the Bible
Creationism: Shit has only been happening since October 23rd, 4004 BC
Moonies: Only happy shit really happens
Wicca: Shit is part of the Goddess, too
Mysticism: This is some weird shit
Unitarianism: Go ahead, shit anywhere you want
Secular Humanism: Shit should happen equally to everyone
Vegetarianism: If it shits, don't eat it
Veganism: And if it shits, don't wear it either
Americanism: Who gives a shit?
Capitalism: That's MY Shit
Communism: Share this shit
Feminism: Men are shit
Voodoo: Let's stick some pins in this shit
Naziism: Ve haff vays uff makink sheet happen. All hail shit!!
Analytical Philosophy: Define "shit"
Twelve Step Program: Shit happens one day at a time
Environmentalism: Shit is biodegradable
Snappleism: Made from the best shit on earth

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Hypostatic Union of Christ: The Black and Tan


Black and Tan:
The Hypostatic Union of Christ
in relation to a Black and Tan.

After a hard day of work and study, I found myself at the local watering hole – known by Domers as Legends – ready to enjoy a duly earned beer. I stepped up to the bar and found a stool to perch my tired body upon. I caught the bar keep’s eye, and unquestionably ordered a Guinness for my due.

Two chairs over were two gentlemen whom I determined were from the Midwest, for they said words like “soda” and “hilarious” and “you guys,” and with each instance of the vowel their voices acquired a nasal-like quality. It was clear by their slumped posture that they had been at the bar for a while and engaged in a serious discussion.

By no fault of my own, I blame physics, I could not help but over hear their conversation. Words like “Christ,” “divinity,” and “humanity” floated precariously in my direction as if each word were bait for my ears trying to lure me into their conversation. My ears devoured each syllable, and I soon found myself asking what the two slouching debaters what they were discussing.

“Christ,” they both replied in unison.

“I overhead some of your conversation. What about Christ were y’all discussing?” I inquired.

“We were just discussing the humanity and divinity of Christ,” replied the man sitting nearest me.

“What about it were you discussing?”

“Well,” replied the other man farther from me. “I just can’t see how Christ is both fully human and divine.”

“Oh, you mean the Hypostatic union of Christ. I happen to be enrolled in a Christian Doctrine class at the University of Notre Dame Du Lac, and I just leaned about the hypostatic union the other day. Maybe I can help” I stated.

Neither man replied, so I understood their silence as an invitation to continue. I impressed and inculcated what I had learned in class just the other day. When I finished, more silence followed with the addition of blank stares from both men.

Dense crowd. I don’t think they got it, I thought. Remembering Augustine’s advice to Deogratis, I decided to use a different approach. I immediately ordered a Black and Tan from the bark keep. As he set the drink in front of me, I started over.

“The hypostatic union is kind of like this black and tan,” I began.

I was barely finished saying the phrase when at once I could see their eyes light up, ears perk, and both men seemed to lean a little close to me. At the thought of mixing religion and beer and their reactions to my opening comment, I knew I was speaking their language. I continued:

“You see, Christ was both true man and true God. That is, He has two different natures. Just like this Black and Tan has two different natures – or styles -- of beer within its glass. Yet, even though there are two styles of beer in a Black and Tan they are both contained in the one drink that is called a Black and Tan. Likewise, Christ’s two natures are both found in the one Person called Jesus of Nazareth.

“If you look closely at the Black and Tan you will see that there is no separation between the Guinness and Bass: no division. One beer seems to flow into the other. It is similar to Christ. He has no distinctions or separation between his two natures. Christ’s humanity and divinity both work in harmony with one another: just as Guinness and Bass work together in harmony to make a Black and Tan. To remove one nature from the two would be to radically change the definition of both the drink and Christ. Remove the Guinness and there is no Black and Tan, there is only Black. Remove Christ’s divinity (if such an thing is possible, which it isn’t) and there is no Christ, there is only Jesus the Man and not Jesus the Christ.

“Furthermore, there is also no confusion between the two beers – likewise, there is no confusion between the two natures of Christ. That is why the drink is called a Black and Tan. If there were confusion between the two beers in the one glass it would be called something else: maybe a Brown would be a fitting name.

“Lastly, a careful examination of a Black and Tan reveals that the distinction and preservation of each beer is present. The Bass at the bottom still contains all the properties and characteristics of what it means to be Bass. The Guinness layered on top contains all the properties and characteristics of what it means to be Guinness.

“It is the same with Christ. There are still two natures of Christ: one, 100 percent human containing all the properties and characteristics of what it means to be human, the other is 100 percent divine containing all the properties and characteristics of what it means to be divine. Each nature is preserved in the one Person of Jesus Christ. Where the distinction of Christ’s divinity and humanity occur, I do not know for certain, and it is not as certain and as clear as it is with the Black and Tan. Perhaps it might be most clear in His Passion, death, and Resurrection.”

“Wow,” said the man nearest me.” “You really thought about this a lot.”

“Well, you need to know these things when you are majoring in theology,” I replied. “One last thing. Be careful not to abuse the barley juice. Don’t go beyond the point of hilarity. All things in moderation…except love, of course.”

And with that last comment, I quaffed my hypostatic union, thanked the men for allowing me to explain some theology, and exited into the humid South Bend night ready for a good night’s rest in Knott Hall.

Hypostatic Union of Christ as Related to a Black and Tan(Summary):

I. Jesus: Two Natures
- human
- divine
II. Beer: Two kinds of beer
- Bass
- Guinness
III. One Person
- Jesus of Nazareth
- No division, separation or confusion between natures
IV. One Drink
- Black and Tan
- No division, separation, or confusion between the two beers
V. Distinction is amongst the natures
VI. Distinction among the beers
VII. Each nature is preserved in full in the one Person
VIII. Each beer is preserved in full in the one Drink
IX. The two Natures act together as one, which form Jesus the Christ
X.Two beers act together as one forming the one drink called a Black and Tan.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Coolest Website EVER!!

The Essence of Coolness

I happened to stumble across this website. All I can say is that you NEED to check it out. It is someone personal website, but it has the most amazing concept I have ever seen. It is like watching a movie.

Atlanta Named Worst City for Sleeping

Worst City for Sleeping

Don't Forget to Brush



1,200 students gather in an attempt to break a world record. The Record: The Largest Mass Tooth Brushing.
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