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Interesting the picture at the end, Mac. How many parishes still cover the statues? I've only been Catholic for ten years and don't recall ever having seen that until yesterday at St. Catherine of Siena. When I asked about it I was told it is not as much in vogue but that in the old days the crucifix behind the altar would also be covered. I found it fascinating.

I don't think it's all that unusual, but I don't really know, either. Maybe it's coming back. St. Joan of Arc does it. This picture as I guess you can tell is at the cathedral.

Our parish covers all statuary / crucifixes, and a parish we attended this weekend while travelling also did so. It's a tradition that I like.

I've a friend who knows David Benatar personally. He calls him "the Angel of Death".

I think it's becoming a pretty good rule that when you see the philosopher of ethics coming you should run away.

At the parish where I work all the statues are covered except the crucifix which is at least 30 feet of the floor.

It is definitely worth it. I think similar thoughts about my grandchildren all the time, but their very coming into the world carrying the breath of God is such a real good in itself. And while they cause me so much suffering sometimes, they also heal me in some way. I spent a good part of the morning with my next to youngest granddaughter and she was charming. Her mother, my daughter-in-law, is going to be baptized Saturday night, so please say a prayer for her--and for the little one who will not go bonkers when she, and her parents, and I are on the altar.

It's Jill and Eustace.


Puddleglum is my hero.


Oh yeah, I had a very faint sense of something wrong when I typed "Lucy" but I was in a hurry and ignored it.

That's wonderful about your daughter-in-law.

Wonderful news about your daughter-in-law, Janet! I will certainly pray for her. It will be my own 14th anniversary -- which seems incredible.

There are some ideas that should just be rejected on contact, spat out as soon as tasted, or rejected without being tasted because they stink.

David Benatar sounds like Schopenhauer, whose ideas I was exposed to as a freshman in college. Deep down I think I knew they stank, but being so young I was mostly just upset and confused.

Funny, when I googled "David Benatar", the results page featured photos of Peter Singer.

Kind of like Thomas More and John Fisher--only the dark side.


Saints of evil?

When you Google John Fisher, you usually get a Thomas More in there.


Oh, I see. I thought you were probably making a point that I was missing. :-)

I was.

Not a brilliant point or anything but it was a point.


"There are some ideas that should just be rejected on contact, spat out as soon as tasted, or rejected without being tasted because they stink"

Cough...Ayn Rand...cough, cough.

Sometimes when I'm embarrassed by dumb things I thought or said when I was young I think "Well at least I didn't fall for Ayn Rand."

I was about to write that I'm afraid I might have fallen for Ayn Rand if I had ever read her, but on second thought-no. I don't think I ever could have accepted the treating people like dirt business.


When I was in high school I did read a short book of hers, Anthem. I don't think it made a big impression on me one way or the other. I also read one called For The New Intellectua (eye roll). I think the title appealed to my teenage vanity. No, I'm sure it did. Yeah boy, that's me, a New Intellectual. But it didn't do a whole lot for me either. I'm not sure I finished it.

Now that I think about it, I think I may have taken away one idea from the latter book: that "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need" discourages ability and encourages need. She wasn't 100% wrong about everything. But then I doubt Benatar and Singer are, either.

Seems to me that if you really believed what Benatar professes to believe, you would feel it incumbent upon yourself to undo the harm caused by your coming into existence. I suppose he has an answer for that like, "Someone has to be around to inform the rest of you ignorant, reproducing blots on the planet."


You might appreciate.

The Rock Revolution

Haven't hadn't time to watch this yet but looks interesting.

The section about your grandchildren, and the pain we experience, had me in tears. I appreciated Janets's comments on this too.

"I think it's becoming a pretty good rule that when you see the philosopher of ethics coming you should run away."


"it occurs to me that even more fundamentally what many, even many Christians, require right now is the Puddleglum Option"


I'm especially worried about boys growing up now, with hard-core pornography so easily available. Can't imagine what that does to the 14-year-old male psyche. Not so great for the female, either.

I've watched about 20 minutes of that Leonard Bernstein video (the Rock Revolution thing Robert linked to above). It's interesting and inadvertently funny: he's so *very* earnest about Listening To What The Young Are Trying To Tell Us.

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