Daily Archives: March 24, 2009

EWTN Groupie Pictures 9

Seal on the arch of the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament, Hanceville, AL.
Taken by friends who gave us copies of their pictures, since we didn’t take pictures of the shrine during our honeymoon.
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Jesus’ Bail Out Plan, Part 1

“Lord, who shall dwell in thy tabernacle? or who shall rest in thy holy hill? He that walketh without blemish, and worketh justice: He that speaketh truth in his heart, who hath not used deceit in his tongue: Nor hath done evil to his neighbour: nor taken up a reproach against his neighbours. In his sight the malignant is brought to nothing: but he glorifieth them that fear the Lord. He that sweareth to his neighbour, and deceiveth not; He that hath not put out his money to usury, nor taken bribes against the innocent: He that doth these things shall not be moved for ever.” (Psalm 15)

“And [John] answering, said to them: ‘He that hath two coats, let him give to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do in like manner.’ And the publicans also came to be baptized, and said to him: ‘Master, what shall we do?’ But he said to them: ‘Do nothing more than that which is appointed you.’ And the soldiers also asked him, saying: ‘And what shall we do?’ And he said to them: ‘Do violence to no man; neither calumniate any man; and be content with your pay.'” (Lk 3:11-15).

“And as you would that men should do to you, do you also to them in like manner. And if you love them that love you, what thanks are to you? for sinners also love those that love them. And if you do good to them who do good to you, what thanks are to you? for sinners also do this. And if you lend to them of whom you hope to receive, what thanks are to you? for sinners also lend to sinners, for to receive as much. But love ye your enemies: do good, and lend, hoping for nothing thereby: and your reward shall be great, and you shall be the sons of the Highest; for he is kind to the unthankful, and to the evil.” (Lk 6:31-35).

“And the Lord answering, said to her: ‘Martha, Martha, thou art careful, and art troubled about many things: But one thing is necessary.'” (Lk 10:41-42).

Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? 7 Yea, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: you are of more value than many sparrows” (Lk 12:6-7).

“And he spoke a similitude to them, saying: The land of a certain rich man brought forth plenty of fruits. And he thought within himself, saying: What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said: This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and will build greater; and into them will I gather all things that are grown to me, and my goods. And I will say to my soul: Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years take thy rest eat, drink, make good cheer. But God said to him: Thou fool, this night do they require thy soul of thee: and whose shall those things be which thou hast provided?

So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich towards God. And he said to his disciples: Therefore I say to you, be not solicitous for your life, what you shall eat; nor for your body, what you shall put on. The life is more than the meat, and the body is more than the raiment. Consider the ravens, for they sow not, neither do they reap, neither have they storehouse nor barn, and God feedeth them. How much are you more valuable than they? And which of you, by taking thought, can add to his stature one cubit?

If then ye be not able to do so much as the least thing, why are you solicitous for the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they labour not, neither do they spin. But I say to you, not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these. Now if God clothe in this manner the grass that is today in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more you, O ye of little faith? And seek not you what you shall eat, or what you shall drink: and be not lifted up on high. For all these things do the nations of the world seek. But your Father knoweth that you have need of these things.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his justice, and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Lk 12:16-31).

Inside Catholic or Inside Republican?

A few days ago, Brian Saint-Paul posted a graphic illustrating $1 trillion in $100 bills, compared to the size of man.

Today, frequent commentor “Deacon Ed,” posted:

And To Just Think….March 24th, 2009 5:11am
that if we were still on the gold standard, it would have made all this impossible. What I am looking for are any legitimate suggestions about how to salvage what’s left of our savings – especially in light of the fact that hyperinflation is right around the corner and our dollar will be worth less and less.

I expressed dismay that, on a Catholic website, people are so upset about money, and I included several quotations from the Gospels about *not* worrying about money, and *not* saving/investing.
My post initially went up, but was later deleted.

Liberal sites like Vox Nova claim that “Inside Catholic” is more Republican than Catholic, that just as much as “Catholics United” is merely a front for Obama, Inside Catholic is merely a front for the Republicans.

Doing things like this kind of lends to that impression, does it not?

Bishop John D’Arcy of Fort Wayne-South Bend will not attend Notre Dame graduation

For the first time in his 25 years as bishop.

The Pigeon’s Cry of David

Episode two of Kings, “Prosperity,” while not directly related to any specific biblical story I can discern, is in many ways more powerful than the pilot. It’s all about signs, and how we can discern God’s will. In addition to its Bible-based characters, the show makes up its cast with a number of archetypal supporting characters.

There is the Shakespearian archetype of the bumbling, comedy relief guards. In the episode, the palace has become infested by pigeons: an omen/plague on the doomed house of Silas. The guards in this episode go through a comic series of attempts to get rid of the pigeons, resulting in a key providential move in the climax.

There is also the soap opera archetype of the powerful siblings: in this case, Silas’s wife, and her brother in law (who is the arms dealer who finances Silas’ administration). While Saul had a wife, she certainly wasn’t the figure this woman is, and the brother/arms dealer is totally out of the writers’ imaginations.

But the writers have inserted another plot element that’s not from the Bible, as far as I can tell. I read a rabbinical biography of Michal, and while it includes much from the midrashes, it doesn’t mention this detail.

In the show, Silas, trying to find a way to keep David and Michelle apart, reminds Michelle of a vow she took, which he witnessed, suggesting that she probably hasn’t told David of it, and that–if she doesn’t, he will. Next time they see each other, she avoids David, and he thinks she’s no longer interested in him.

What vow is that?

According to Numbers 30:4-9, if a woman makes a vow before marriage, her father has to witness it and approve it. Her husband has to speak up right away in order for the vow to remain valid after marriage (although both father and husband have the right to annul the vow the first time around). Now, the passage regarding women only refers to a vow, implies that women’s pledges are “rash,” and has been traditionally used to deny women’s rights in Western tradition.

However, verse 30:3 refers specifically to a man taking a vow of abstinence, so there is reason to think that the subsequent verses apply to women’s vows of abstinence, as well. Some Catholic apologists use this as legal precedent for vows of virginity–and continent marriages–in the Jewish tradition prior to the Holy Family.

It would be interesting if that is the vow implied in the conversation between Silas and Michelle.

Anyway, to the title of the post. The episode contains a bit of an oblique (and surely completely unintentional) reference to St. Patrick. The Lorica is also known as the “deer’s cry,” because St. Patrick composed the prayer when he became aware of an assassination plot against him. He was saying the prayer just as the assassin was aiming his arrow. A deer jumped out of the woods and got in the way of the arrow.

Well, in the show, there’s a scene where a pigeon takes the role of the deer. Again, that is so obscure and coincidental that I’m sure the writers had no clue, but it works for me. 🙂

Jesus’ Bail Out Plan, Part 1

“Lord, who shall dwell in thy tabernacle? or who shall rest in thy holy hill? He that walketh without blemish, and worketh justice: He that speaketh truth in his heart, who hath not used deceit in his tongue: Nor hath done evil to his neighbour: nor taken up a reproach against his neighbours. In his sight the malignant is brought to nothing: but he glorifieth them that fear the Lord. He that sweareth to his neighbour, and deceiveth not; He that hath not put out his money to usury, nor taken bribes against the innocent: He that doth these things shall not be moved for ever.” (Psalm 15)

“And [John] answering, said to them: ‘He that hath two coats, let him give to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do in like manner.’ And the publicans also came to be baptized, and said to him: ‘Master, what shall we do?’ But he said to them: ‘Do nothing more than that which is appointed you.’ And the soldiers also asked him, saying: ‘And what shall we do?’ And he said to them: ‘Do violence to no man; neither calumniate any man; and be content with your pay.'” (Lk 3:11-15).

“And as you would that men should do to you, do you also to them in like manner. And if you love them that love you, what thanks are to you? for sinners also love those that love them. And if you do good to them who do good to you, what thanks are to you? for sinners also do this. And if you lend to them of whom you hope to receive, what thanks are to you? for sinners also lend to sinners, for to receive as much. But love ye your enemies: do good, and lend, hoping for nothing thereby: and your reward shall be great, and you shall be the sons of the Highest; for he is kind to the unthankful, and to the evil.” (Lk 6:31-35).

“And the Lord answering, said to her: ‘Martha, Martha, thou art careful, and art troubled about many things: But one thing is necessary.'” (Lk 10:41-42).

Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? 7 Yea, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: you are of more value than many sparrows” (Lk 12:6-7).

“And he spoke a similitude to them, saying: The land of a certain rich man brought forth plenty of fruits. And he thought within himself, saying: What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said: This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and will build greater; and into them will I gather all things that are grown to me, and my goods. And I will say to my soul: Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years take thy rest eat, drink, make good cheer. But God said to him: Thou fool, this night do they require thy soul of thee: and whose shall those things be which thou hast provided?

So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich towards God. And he said to his disciples: Therefore I say to you, be not solicitous for your life, what you shall eat; nor for your body, what you shall put on. The life is more than the meat, and the body is more than the raiment. Consider the ravens, for they sow not, neither do they reap, neither have they storehouse nor barn, and God feedeth them. How much are you more valuable than they? And which of you, by taking thought, can add to his stature one cubit?

If then ye be not able to do so much as the least thing, why are you solicitous for the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they labour not, neither do they spin. But I say to you, not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these. Now if God clothe in this manner the grass that is today in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more you, O ye of little faith? And seek not you what you shall eat, or what you shall drink: and be not lifted up on high. For all these things do the nations of the world seek. But your Father knoweth that you have need of these things.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his justice, and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Lk 12:16-31).