Sometimes I just tap on an article without looking at the author and start reading and by the end of it I'm thinking "wow! What a beautifully written and thoughtful article."
And almost every time I think that, I scroll back up and see it was written by Anthony Esolen.
If you're incapable of being violent, not being violent isn't a virtue.
On a related note, what is the true meaning of meek? Is meekness weakness? Or is it more like the virtue of choosing restraint?
As I understand it, to be meek is to be humbled, to understand your place (God is above you and you serve him), and to understand that you cannot become better without God.
But I could be mistaken.
While feeding a newborn at 3 AM I've been searching for new things to watch on YouTube. I discovered a channel that is awesome if you are at all interested in aviation: Mentour Pilot. What I find fascinating are the detailed reviews of a disasters or near disasters. Oddly enough it makes me less nervous about flying. The amount of effort put into researching exactly what went wrong and coming up with solutions to prevent it in the future is actually reassuring.
My Deacon said something that resonates with me today while we were discussing The Atlantic's rosary article. What he said, roughly, was this: all of these people who would accuse us of being homophobic, transphobic, whatever-phobic. They themselves truly have a phobia. They're masculophobic. They are afraid of authentic presentations of masculinity and they are afraid of themselves becoming the men God intended them to be.
The rates of mental illness have been rising as well, faster than the rates of heterosexuals despite higher rates of LGBTQ acceptance
Very liberal people are both more likely to be LGBT & more likely to suffer mental illness
When we get our CBDC, it's going to really suck eggs.
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🎉 Bishop Robert Barron was recently a guest on the Lex Friedman podcast! I'm excited to listen to this conversation. I think Bishop Barron will provide an excellent explanation and defense of our faith, as usual.
I found an interesting website recently. It's an online magazine criticizing our current technological heading, particularly in environmental impact. And suggests alternative ways to create a more sustainable society. Oh, and the website is hosted on an off-grid solar-powered single board computer. Sometimes the website goes offline if it's been cloudy for too long.
I once heard this metaphor for heaven and hell described by an Orthodox priest: In both heaven and hell everyone has utensils with really long handles. In hell the people forever try and fail to feed themselves with the long-handled spoons and forks. In heaven, they use the long spoons and forks to feed each other.
As should have been expected, Liz Warren has declared war on Crisis Pregnancy Centers in Massachusetts as a response to the supreme court decision. The fact that there are more places dedicated to helping mothers keep their babies rather than kill them is apparently a big problem for her.
Commenting on my own post just to add... My favorite part of that lecture - what blew my mind - was Dr. Esolen explaining the true meaning of A Christmas Carol. As a child I, and surely most of us, were taught that this was simply a story of a mean old man who learns around Christmas time that he should not be so mean. He should be nice. So it's no wonder that from childhood until now I thought it was a nice classic story about being nice and that's it.
After hearing the story again with its true depth revealed, I realize I was only ankle-deep in the water my whole life. And after that lecture I think I better understand what makes a "classic work" a true classic. A story like A Christmas Carol carries over the deep roots of our culture from one generation to the next. Or it should, if people were sharing the story properly.
At least I know the story though. At least in 1990's New England public schools our culture was still Christian enough that for many Decembers my class took a field trip to see the play. Surely, that is not the case today. Today they wouldn't even read a condensed version of the book presented as a "be nice" morality play, with all reference to God stripped out.
Today the kids probably don't even know the story at all. That is very sad because it is beautiful. And beauty, I think, is one of the best ways to bring people back to Christ and his church.
This is one of the best lectures I have ever heard. Anthony Esolen brings the deep Christian themes of classic works to the surface. Love this guy. He has given me a deeper understanding of beauty and our faith.
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