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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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Fruit of the Spirit vs. the law

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St. Paul's letter to the Galatians (especially the part we skipped yesterday due to the observance of an obligatory memorial to Sts. Cyril and Methodius) contains important insights into the spiritual and moral life.

Faith vs. Reason?

Debates like that touted in "Bill Nye Debates Ken Ham" have never impressed me. In the first place, I've never enjoyed a debate between amateurs that pretends to be serious. In the second place, I've been exposed to much more challenging debates, for example, that between Bertrand Russell and Jesuit Fr. Frederick C. Copleston. (See "Fr. Copleston vs. Bertrand Russell". The debate between Bertrant Russell and G.K.

Evangelii Gaudium, Paragraph 40

The Church is herself a missionary disciple; she needs to grow in her interpretation of the revealed word and in her understanding of truth. It is the task of exegetes and theologians to help “the judgment of the Church to mature”.[42] The other sciences also help to accomplish this, each in its own way. With reference to the social sciences, for example, John Paul II said that the Church values their research, which helps her “to derive concrete indications helpful for her magisterial mission”.[43] Within the Church countless issues are being studied and reflected upon with great freedom. Differing currents of thought in philosophy, theology and pastoral practice, if open to being reconciled by the Spirit in respect and love, can enable the Church to grow, since all of them help to express more clearly the immense riches of God’s word. For those who long for a monolithic body of doctrine guarded by all and leaving no room for nuance, this might appear as undesirable and leading to confusion. But in fact such variety serves to bring out and develop different facets of the inexhaustible riches of the Gospel.[44]

In reflecting on paragraph 40 of Evangelii Gaudium, in which Pope Francis speaks of the growth of the Church's understanding of her living faith tradition, I am reminded of the following:

Is language going to the dogs?

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The use of the term "dog wistle language" by a writer on another thread was new to me, so I looked it up. I found a thorough explanation and history in "Dog-whistle politics." What's fascinating to me about this article is how well it, however inadvertently, documents the increasing fracturing of society. Politicians struggle to find "message" language that doesn't offend anyone, and today it is increasingly difficult, if not actually impossible, to find it.

The geek's bane

One of the more common approaches hackers take in attacking a large web site is known as DOS, or denial of service. The method is to attack and exploit personal computers using a variety of Trojan Horse methods (enticing emails, official looking or otherwise enticing websites with "poison apples", enticing downloads loaded with computer viruses, etc.) to install automatic programs that can be directed by instructions from a remote computer. These PCs, once appropriated in this way, are directed to attack the target site with a level of "traffic" the site is not equipped to handle.

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