This category is for personal revelations and associated reflections.

"LIve, from New York! Its..."

Submitted by frlarry on Thu, 01/20/2011 - 22:17

… the DoJ's sweep of Mafia figures. See "U.S. arrests 119 in biggest Mafia bust." No word yet on how many will be let go with a warning, how many will be transferred to Gitmo, how many will be housed in the new federal prison at Illinois' Thompson Correctional Center (named for former Governor [Big]Jim Thompson), and how many will be subjected to extra-judicial rendition to the Italian Riviera.

Language, relationships and thought. Scientists discover the cognitive connection.

Submitted by frlarry on Thu, 01/20/2011 - 21:53

Back in 1998, at the start of my first year in the MDiv program at Mt. St. Mary's Seminary, I began to see and to explore the importance of relationship in understanding theological truth. I called the study "Relational Theology." As you can see from my writing on this subject (see the "books" menu on the right), it was quickly clear to me that relationship concepts are key to understanding virtually everything. Well, lo and behold, cognitive scientists are starting to see the importance of language in shaping thought.

Thinking positive

Submitted by frlarry on Fri, 01/14/2011 - 17:11

A friend sent me an email containing the musings of a new age devotee of Deepak Chopra regarding the recent tragic events in Tucson, and what responsible people might do to help society regain its footing. In it, the writer pointed out that we often focus on what we are against, rather than what we are for. I agree wholeheartedly with this, but I am not sanguine that this will help us overcome our differences. On the contrary, I believe it is often precisely what we are for that divides us the most. Nevertheless, in order to honor this impulse, I present here a somewhat comprehensive list of things I am for.

Take the $50 challenge.

Submitted by frlarry on Mon, 10/04/2010 - 11:02

I will send a cashier's check for $50 to the first person who can send me an Internet link to an authenticated aerial photo of the "One Nation" rally, held last Saturday, that demonstrates the attendance was greater than that of the "Restoring Honor" rally of August 28th. The simplest way to authenticate such a photo is that it be posted as part of an article on the New York Times, AP or other major news media outlet.

The closing of a coffee house

Submitted by frlarry on Mon, 03/01/2010 - 14:45

The owners of Beans 'N Cream, a techno-hip coffee house in Mechanicsburg, Ohio, found that they could not afford to remain open in the current economic climate. As it happens, they also had to deal with a newly opened restaurant, less than a block away, that served lunch. Curiously, the new restaurant goes by the name of "A better restaurant" or some such thing. (You can probably guess I haven't mustered the interest to visit them. As I write this, I'm sitting in The Depot, a coffee house with wifi access about a dozen miles away in the county seat.)

Netbook woes

Submitted by frlarry on Mon, 02/15/2010 - 10:14

A while back I bought a Dell Netbook, running Ubuntu Linux, 8.04. It ran fine, but the system software was a bit dated. The most recent version of the system software is 9.10, a designation indicating its release date, October, 2009. Netbooks generally come with the Intel Atom processor, and mine is no exception. This somehow complicates the issue of which Ubuntu (or other Linux) distribution to install. I initially installed the vanilla i386 version, and that seemed to work o.k., but I had intermittent problems with audio.

The ongoing war of words

Submitted by frlarry on Mon, 11/23/2009 - 15:24

My pitiful efforts to bring rational inquiry to the damage that is daily done to what was once called "the king's English" (e.g., in Politally Incorrect Postmodern Dictionary) stand in contrast to much more ambitious ventures by the likes of Rational Wiki, whose proclaimed charter is described in a corner of their opening page as follows:

He is not me.

Submitted by frlarry on Sat, 10/10/2009 - 14:37

A Fr. Larry who, coincidently was ordained the same year I was (2003) has started a new blog, called Roman Catholic Homilies. Just to clarify, he is not me. He gives no details regarding his profile, apart from the two data I gave (first name and year of ordination) together with his profession of fidelity to the Magisterium and a limited list of interests. I can only guess, based on this, that he is young (from my perspective) and introverted. Based on his homiletic style, I can guess he is more sensate than intuitive, more rhetorical than analytical, far more feeler than thinker, and more perceiver than judger (I base that on the organization of his homilies, not on the few apparently judgmental comments that he just seems to throw in). This may be off in some of the Myers-Briggs type inventory dimensions, but you get the idea. In this Sunday's homily (which he posted ahead of time), he mentions more autobiographical material: (1) he taught history in area colleges; (2) he mentions he's been a priest five and a half years. Since he was ordained in 2003, I suspect his math is a trifle rusty. Anyhew, he and I are very different people, and on several counts.

It takes all kinds to make a world. It takes all kinds to build up the kingdom of God. The priesthood needs many kinds of mature Catholic men. I welcome his blog and his priesthood. May he stay out of trouble where it really counts, which is with the Lord.

Who's job is it, anyway?

Submitted by frlarry on Sun, 01/25/2009 - 15:04

As I'm sure everyone knows, Pope Benedict XVI sent a telegram to our new president, congratulating him on his inauguration. (See, for example, "Pope congratulates Obama on Inauguration Day.") In a conversation I had with my mother this morning, she asked me, "Why don't you?" At first I simply responded, "He doesn't need to hear from me." In spite of that, she pressed me further. I had to explain to her, "I've never congratulated any president. It's not my job." She supported him in the election and I didn't. I didn't feel it was necessary for me to explain to her why the Pope, the head of the Vatican City State, was obliged by normal protocol to send a letter of congratulations to our president. That's his job. It's not mine. Hence, the difference. Neither the pope nor I supported Mr. Obama's presidency. The fact that the pope sent our president a message of congratulation says nothing about whether he's happy or not that Mr. Obama is the president.

My guess is, though this is only speculation on my part, that he isn't happy about it.