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When Your Fist Strikes My Face, That’s a Choice

Fighting Stance

This week I’m still mining Cam’s excellent comment on my post about suffering in Heaven.  Cam begins, 'suffering': just for present purposes, when I use this word I follow your lead and refer to the subset of a person's total suffering caused by the free exercise of their personal choice. This is a tiny tiny minority of total suffering and I have a moral duty to acknowledge that. Anyway as you explained, your recent posts aren't intended to address the kind of suffering lay people usually want t … [Read more...]

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Today’s Aquinas: God of God, Light of Light, True God of True God

ThomasAquinas

We’re blogging through St. Thomas Aquinas’ Compendium Theologiae, sometimes called his Shorter Summa. Find the previous posts here.Last week, Thomas showed that God’s Word is not distinct from God in time, that is, that God and His Word are co-eternal.  Next, Thomas shows that there is no distinction between God and His Word according to species.  Remember that two things are of different species if they belong to the same genus but are distinguished by some specific difference; thus, oak tre … [Read more...]

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The Nashville Cats meet Noshville Katz!

So many years ago the Lovin' Spoonful recorded a song about guitar pickers in Nashville, as recorded on yellow Sun Records. I happened to hear it yesterday, and thought I'd share it:I like the song, but the reason I wanted to share it was because of a song I heard first, many years before: "Noshville Katz", by the Lovin' Cohens, about a Brooklyn boy who opens a kosher delicatessen in Nashville. (Heard it on the Dr. Demento Show, natch.) It was just as I remembered.I also found … [Read more...]

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The Dogmat saw Miyazaki!

The Dogmat

Well, not in person.The Pope and the Animator: John Herreid writes about what Pope Francis and Hayao Miyazaki might have to say to one another, comparing Miyazaki's vision with the Pope's as given in Laudato Si'.The unity of the Spirit: Tom Kreitzburg writes about something that's apparent by its absence these days, despite St. Paul's admonition that we should strive to preserve it.‘We Had No Idea It Was Going to Do That’: See ‘Incredible’ Result of Throwing Ball Over Edge of Dam: … [Read more...]

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On the Making of Faces

JamesAndFace

Recently I decided to jump back into photography as an active hobby, and my first step was to get my collection of digital photos in order. I used to be very good about cataloging everything, but in the last few years I've been doing the bare minimum as I was engaged in other pursuits and I didn't much like the tools I was using.Consequently, my first step was to get a copy of Adobe Lightroom and have it catalog my collection: over 22,000 photos taken since the fall of 1997. As I was … [Read more...]

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What He’s Researching, I’m Studying

Library

Commenter Cam left a long and thoughtful comment on a recent post of mine about suffering on earth vs. Joy in heaven.  There's a lot to talk about in it, but I want to start with a point about rational argument.  Cam says, …it might be worth noting a difference between some Christians and some atheists here. An atheist might approach an argument by saying: 'there may be some gaps in my argument, and these gaps may or may not be fatal'. A Christian however, who holds their belief on faith, will n … [Read more...]

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Today’s Aquinas: Born of the Father Before All Ages

ThomasAquinas

We’re blogging through St. Thomas Aquinas’ Compendium Theologiae, sometimes called his Shorter Summa. Find the previous posts here.Thomas is nothing if not thorough.  Having established that God’s Divine Word is identical to God Himself, he then goes on to eliminate the various ways that God’s Divine Word might have been distinct from God Himself. Among things that are not distinct in essence, there can be no distinction according to species, time, or nature. Therefore, since the Word is con … [Read more...]

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The Dogmat saw Pictures, Pictures Everywhere

The Dogmat

The Dogmat has been renewing his interest in photography recently, and has come across a number of pertinent articles.13 Exercises for Photographers That Can Help Jump-Start Creativity: The Dogmat will be taking himself for walks in the future, camera in paw, and he can use a little help getting back into the game. Some of these look like a lot of fun. (Note: "exercise" means making photographs subject to certain constraints, not calisthenics. Although the Dogmat could use those as … [Read more...]

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Fr. Barron Comes to Los Angeles!

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

If you're reading this blog you're probably already aware that Fr. Robert Barron of Word On Fire has been appointed one of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles' three new auxiliary bishops. I didn't hear anything in Archbishop Gomez' press conference today about how they would be serving, but I have some speculations.The Archidiocese of Los Angeles is immense, the largest in the United States in terms of population. It has historically been divided into five pastoral regions, each with its own … [Read more...]

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