Well, obviously that’s going to depend on when in childhood we are talking, but I think, once I graduated to real books, it would have to be my complete Sherlock Holmes collection. It was a book I bought at Sam’s Club (I think it’s still sitting on one of the shelves at my mother’s house) that was all three collections of canonical Holmes short stories as well as The Hound of the Baskervilles. There was a little series of books when I was growing up called “Moby Books.” They were little abridged versions of the great literary works of the western world with an illustration on each page and a page of text. It was actually The Hound of the Baskervilles from that series that first got me hooked on Holmes. Continue reading “I should just start calling it the “Tuesday Five”Another Friday Five on Tuesday: Books and Literature Edition“
I wanted to write something today because I need to get my brain not thinking about theology for a few minutes. Unfortunately, none of my stubs are really grabbing me today as something I want to write about. Luckily, the old standby of the Friday 5 (even though it’s not Friday) suggested a topic I love: Musicals, Musical Theatre, Movies, and Arts. Continue reading “Friday Five…on Tuesday”
Catholics are all about sacraments. Perhaps this is a surprise to you, but it’s true. Theologically, we believe that the sacraments are the ordinary way that God dispenses his grace to mankind. With that in mind, take a moment to reflect on the fact that every sacrament we celebrate as Catholics has a material component. Water is used in baptism, oil in confirmation and anointing of the sick, bread and wine in communion; the physical world expresses things – it’s just part of human nature that we see symbols in the world around us. Also, each of the material elements we use in these sacraments points to the sacramental reality being created. Take baptism, for example. We use water to clean ourselves; in baptism, we are washed of our sins. On top of that, water is a (I’m told rather messy) part of childbirth; in the sacrament, we are reborn (of water and spirit) as adopted children of God. It’s an important part of sacramentality that the normal material usage of something is raised so that the normal usage can point to the reality being conveyed. Continue reading “The sacramentality of the USPSA Lament on the demise of old fashioned mail“
WARNING: This post contains spoilers. If you haven’t watched Downton Abbey up to and including Season 4, you probably don’t want to read this blog entry. I haven’t watched season 5, yet, so don’t add spoilers for me to the comments.
As a rule, when someone picks a career path, they have a reasonable expectation – or at least a hope of success. On top of that, the systems to train and prepare people for some of the more difficult careers are designed in such a way that those who would be unable to successfully practice those professions are either weeded out during the preparation or denied entry in the first place. Continue reading “Doomed to failand I’m happy about that“
I’m a big fan of dystopian literature. One of the first dystopias I ever read was 1984 by George Orwell. I wish it were the first Orwell book I had read because I found Animal Farm painfully boring – but I digress. I should probably warn you, here, that there’s a bit of a spoiler in this post, so, if you don’t want to read a spoiler, then you probably don’t want to read this particular entry. Go ahead and stop right here and wait for the next post. I’m on a roll lately, so you won’t be waiting too long. Continue reading “George Orwell and Jesus Christ”