Straw vs. the Symphony of God

One of the things we know about St. Thomas Aquinas is that late in his life he was granted some kind of vision of God. Arising from it, he said that everything he had written was but as straw compared to what he had seen; and he died shortly thereafter, having left his massive Summa Theologiae unfinished.Sometimes I hear this described as a belated humility on Thomas’ part, a recognition as to how inadequate his understanding of God was. But Thomas’ work was in the tradition of “negative theo … [Read more...]

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You Can’t Change Him…But He Can Grow

Not a pit bull

My wife and I went and saw a production of Guys and Dolls this past weekend, and got to hear Miss Adelaide sing,At Wanamaker's and Saks and Klein's A lesson I've been taught You can't get alterations on a dress you haven't bought For those coming late to the story, the show concerns Miss Adelaide, a dancer at the Hot Box night club, and Miss Sarah Brown, captain of the Save A Soul Mission, who have both fallen in love with the wrong kind of guy.  Miss Adelaide has been engaged for f … [Read more...]

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Infrastructure: Pictures All Over The Ground

Level 3

The above is the sort of picture that makes my wife sigh and say, "Yeah, that looks like a picture you would take." My favorite way to do photography is to take my camera and go for a walk. I look for anything that catches my eye and then try to take an attractive picture of it, and one of the things that catches my eye is what you might call "infrastructure": the stuff that keeps everything working. There are all sorts of interesting mechanisms and devices out there, mostly low to the the … [Read more...]

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Free Will, and the Struggle for Excellence

Rocky Cola Cafe

My posts about suffering have revolved around the notion of “free will”, and that has led to a number of questions, such as, “If suffering is possible on Earth because of free will, and if we still have free will in Heaven, then shouldn’t there be suffering in Heaven as well?”  And so the time has come to define the term “free will” more rigorously.I hasten to add, this is an area where I am very much a student, not a master.  I’m sure you’ve got a few grains of salt handy.In what follows … [Read more...]

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How Can There Be No Suffering in Heaven?

For He is like a refiner's fire.

In a previous post I argued that free will allows the making of poor choices, and that poor choices* lead to suffering for one's self and for others, yet God valued that free will enough to allow suffering to follow from it.  This led many people to ask the obvious question: what happens in Heaven?  There's no suffering in Heaven, yet presumably we still have free will.  How I can square my claim with that point of doctrine?It's a tricky question, because our knowledge of Heaven is so li … [Read more...]

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I Guess That’s How The Future’s Done: Mushaboom, by Feist

From Feist, here's a lovely little song about dreaming for the future and building a life together. I don't know much about Feist, but she's got a few songs I like, and of those this is my favorite. … [Read more...]

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I've been in comment conversations with so many different people over the last few weeks that I've forgotten where I'm at. Anybody have any questions they wanted me to address that I haven't gotten to you? Post a comment, and I'll see what I can do. … [Read more...]

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The Dogmat is Watching You

Dogmat

And O! the things the Dogmat has seen in the last week!7 Hand Gestures That Make You Look Like a Real Intellectual. Alas, most of them don't work with paws.Fluffy Kitty Slippers and The Papal Nuncio. Not on the Nuncio, mind you—on the little girl the Nuncio is speaking to.Can they say that on Catholic radio? The Visitation Project can. Speaking of Rebecca French, Simcha Fisher has the scoop on Rebecca's new radio show.Personal Discipleship & the Great Library. Sherry Weddell n … [Read more...]

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Ray Manzarek: Carmina Burana

Last week I posted that video of misheard lyrics to "O Fortuna", from Carl Orff's playful (and occasionally disturbing) music set to poems and lyrics written by medieval monks who were no better than they should be.The "Gopher Tuna" video uses a fairly standard interpretation of "O Fortuna"; but back in the early '80's Ray Manzarek, keyboard player for The Doors, recorded his own arrangement of the entire Carmina Burana on modern instruments. The vocals are traditional, but the music … [Read more...]

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