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Reflections

Consisting of relflections in a variety of categories, including:
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<li>scripture (homiletic reflections)
<li>philosophy (metaphysics or epistemology)
<li>morality
<li>psychology
<li>spiritual development
<li>science or mathematics
<li>technology
<li>medicine
<li>Church documents
<li>catechesis
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A new heavens and a new earth [2 Peter 3:8-14]

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The 2nd Letter of Peter speaks to us of the patience of the Lord, a patience that is natural to the one who views all things from an eternal perspective.
Do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day. The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard “delay,” but he is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

A Voice Crying in the Wilderness [Is 40:1-5, 9-11]

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Isaiah, Chapter 40, speaks of a new dispensation from the Lord. Because of the sinfulness of their fathers, the Lord abandoned the people to their own devices. As a result, they have lost their homeland and they have been exiled to Babylon. Now, after a generation of suffering, the Lord comes to offer relief.
Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her service is at an end, her guilt is expiated; indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORD double for all her sins.

Creativity Linked to Sexual Success and Schizophrenia

A very brief article in SciAm, "Creativity Linked to Sexual Success and Schizophrenia" connects the dots in an interesting way. I always sensed that women found erratic artists (as opposed to the erotic kind) exciting and irresistible. The problem for someone like Van Gogh wasn't that he couldn't interest women in linking up with him, the problem was that they couldn't stand to stay with him.

Pope Speaks on Evolution: SciAm Observations

As I mentioned in the previous post, I've been perusing the SciAm blog. One of their regulars, John Rennie, is the editor and chief of Scientific American. It's his blog article on the Woo-Suk scandal that pointed me to the Times.

CDC: Deadly bacterial illness appears to be spreading - Dec 2, 2005

A report at CNN.com, "CDC: Deadly bacterial illness appears to be spreading" is a strong reminder that hospital routine is not always effective, and sometimes requires rapid and even extensive tuning.

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