Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Interesting Links

"This is a constant temptation on the journey of faith to avoid the divine mystery by constructing a omprehensible god who corresponds with one's own plans, one's own projects."
-- Pope Benedict XVI, Audience, June 1, 2011.

This quote is expanded upon in The Constant Temptation: On Man's Pursuit of False Gods.
Yet, if we reject the information of our reason and what is also revealed to us, this rejection does not leave us alone. We can't just walk away. We seek to put in its place something "better," something we concoct by ourselves. We think we can improve on both our being and our destiny. We do not put it this way perhaps, but this is what we are about. We come up with theories and technologies that, we insist, are better than what is promised to us. In so doing, however, we are implicitly left to ourselves. We have nothing left but ourselves. We think that we can come up with a better explanation of why and what we are. We do not notice that what we are doing is substituting a divine plan for a human one. We declare the latter to be the more important one. We can "create" ourselves. Men will be like gods.
Some have apparently tried to say the Gospel reading regarding the multiplication of the loaves was not a miracle.  Jesus simply convinced everyone to share.   This article from the new Theological Movement blows holes in that idea.
The would-be-followers of Christ who “feed themselves” and who “share amongst each other” are those who foment against the Church and her Tradition, who join together in groups calling for radical change (consider those impious bands who demand women’s ordination and approval of same-sex “marriage”). These indeed do not receive the true bread from Christ our God, but only share their meager “treats” amongst themselves.
The title sums up this article:  Wacko Atheists Sue over WTC Cross.
Think about this. If Silverman’s logic is followed we should also make sure that any Star of David or any Jewish symbols are removed from the Holocaust Museum, which receives millions in federal funding.
And finally something far lighter and a lot funnier: Jennifer Fulwiler (mother of five) goes to Whole Foods.
It was a spontaneous decision, based on vague positive associations of the organic foods chain rather than any kind of rational thought process. You see, the last time I had been in a Whole Foods was back when I had one child and lived downtown, a short walk from the flagship location. I have these fond memories of relaxing strolls down to the store with the baby in the sling, picking up one bag’s worth of food that would feed my whole family, not even glancing at the receipt because I still had the budget to make statements like, “Healthful, organic food is worth any price!” And so when I realized that I was going to be driving by a Whole Foods after some morning errands with the kids, I thought it might be fun to stop by.

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