The language boa constrictor

You think, I dare say, that our chief job is inventing new words. But not a bit of it! We’re destroying words — scores of them, hundreds of them, every day. We’re cutting the language down to the bone. ... Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.

George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-four

Hat tip... "The Gradual Abolition of Language".

We owe more than respect to our troops!

I've seen a lot of postings about how we owe respect and gratitude to our troops and our law enforcement officers. It seems to me we owe them, and our progeny, a lot more than that.

Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for May, 2015

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VATICAN CITY, 30 April 2015 (VIS) - Pope Francis' universal prayer intention for May is: "That, rejecting the culture of indifference, we may care for our neighbours who suffer, especially the sick and the poor".

His intention for evangelization is: "That Mary's intercession may help Christians in secularised cultures be open to proclaiming Jesus".

FRANCIS-PRAYER INTENTIONS/VIS 20150530 (70)
Published by VISarchive - , April 30, 2015

 

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Catholic Social Teaching, A Systematic Perspective

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Fr. Robert Sirico, President of the Acton Institute, presents a systematic understanding of what Catholic Social Teaching is and is about.

Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for April, 2015

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VATICAN CITY, 31 March 2015 (VIS) - Pope Francis' universal prayer intention for April is: "That people may learn to respect creation and care for it as a gift of God".

His intention for evangelization is: "That persecuted Christians may feel the consoling presence of the Risen Lord and the solidarity of all the Church".

FRANCIS-PRAYER INTENTIONS/VIS 20150331 (70)
Published by VISarchive - , March 31, 2015

 

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