The best lies are those that have a measure of truth. A half-truth is actually more dangerous than a complete lie. Say that Mr. Jones is in cahoots with Martians from outer space and it will be rejected outright because it is so obviously absurd. But saying Mr. Jones “hates” fish when in fact he … Continue reading Did the Bishop of Idaho ‘ban’ something or simply ‘choose’ something else?
“If we look carefully at the feudal centuries, we will discover in fact that the great majority of the population lived almost without needs and that the remainder felt only a small number of them. The land was enough for all needs. Subsistence was universal; comfort unheard of.” Alexis de Tocqueville, Memoir of Pauperism The … Continue reading Universal subsistence, though perhaps not universal comfort
Contemplating the bare shelves at the grocery store, an alien from outer space would likely conclude that toilet paper will inoculate against Coronavirus. Why the run on grocery stores for basic essentials that have nothing to do with fighting disease? The answer that makes sense to me is that people are planning for potential quarantine … Continue reading The Great Toilet Paper Run of 2020 – Thoughts from a random blogger
There are a lot of videos and articles out there on the inter-web, either criticizing the bishops or defending them, about how coronavirus is serious or a hoax. So there’s a lot of information to sift through. This is my attempt to do some sifting. One thing I’ve seen is that it’s easy to be … Continue reading Thoughts on coronavirus and suspending Mass
On January 15, 2020, Christopher Tolkien died. Born in Leeds, England on November 21, 1924 he was 95 years old. Christopher Tolkien was the son of J.R.R. Tolkien, the famous creator of Middle-earth and author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Christopher was the most in tune with his father’s writings. ‘More … Continue reading The Last Inkling
From Letter 15, To Pope Damasus, written in A.D. 376 or 377. http://newadvent.org/fathers/3001015.htm Eight points jump out at me regarding this letter. 1. Saint Jerome affirms the primacy of the Pope, the Bishop of Rome. 2. He calls the Pope the successor of Peter and sits in the Chair of Peter. 3. He says the … Continue reading Saint Jerome on Papal Primacy
Sipping coffee this morning and realizing it was the Memorial of Saint Ambrose--the great 4th Century Bishop of Milan, baptizer of Saint Augustine, patron of bee keepers--I remembered this video by Bishop Robert Barron from a couple years ago. I hope you find it as thought provoking as I did.