Do you not love words? Sounds like an aquarium with little fishes, but there is a big difference. A sacrarium is a tub filled with water and a drain pipe that empties directly into the earth. The tub is used to soak all the consecrated wine out of altar linens if the blood is spilled, thus constituting a burial of Our Lord. Ever seen it befall? No.
Christ is continuously incarnated every minute of every day. This is the difference between the Old Testament and the New Testament. The former is not Catholicism, because God was not yet incarnated. His First Mass is the First Mass of every new priest.
Black Professor Brittney Cooper of Rutgers University said, “White people are historically committed to being villains.” I will not repeat the rest of her claims. She teaches gender studies and African studies. Welcome to the world of educational bigotry. She does not speak for everyone, and is she dead wrong about history! See my 10-30 post on China and Matteo Ricci, and for the true story of European and American Jesuits in China, see https://www.amdgchinese.org/en/about-us/chinese-mission/history-of-chinese-province/ Here are a smattering of comments about her: 1) “Fat, angry, and stupid is no way to go through life.” 2) “More proof that even Cs and Ds get degrees.” 3) “She is oppressed by McDonald’s and Popeyes!” Does this woman have an exiguous brain? Alexander (7) never heard the expression, big fat liar. My siblings and I called each other that.
Great advice from my confessor today - whatever you say or do, or wherever you go, imagine Jesus is right there. Did He grow in wisdom? Though sinless, He grew in wisdom as a Man. St. Joseph helped. My dad’s name was Joseph. Father Joe was the confessor today.
There is a six chamber gun with two bullets next to each other. The trigger is pulled and it doesn't fire. What are the odds of it firing and being killed if the trigger is pulled again? [I slightly edited the question and shortened a lengthy mathematical analysis of the revolver by Jerry Liu on Quora, a Software Engineering Intern at Google 2020-present. Hopefully, I kept what is essential. SFPD officers now use a pistol, not a revolver. The edited version follows.]
When the trigger is pulled, chambers rotate, the chamber right beside the current one is moved into the trigger position, and the gun will continuously cycle between the 6 chambers.
Now … if we’re considering the chance of dying, or a bullet firing after the trigger is pulled twice … in words, this means that the gun is triggered. If it fires, it doesn’t need to be triggered again. If it doesn’t fire, then it will be triggered a second time. As most agree, the first trigger has a 1/3 or 33.33% chance of firing. We then need to figure in the percentage of the second trigger firing if the first trigger doesn’t fire.
The key is that this means one of the bullets cannot be fired without the other being fired first. The short answer is that the odds of it firing on the second trigger pull is 25%. [Jerry gave more explanation, but I left this part out.]
The chance of the first trigger not firing is 2/3 or 66.66%. Now that we have this percentage, we can calculate the percentage the same way as my original approach, obtaining 1/4 or 25%. [see above]
Since these events are tied in sequence, their probabilities need to be multiplied together or 1/4 x 2/3, which is equal to 1/6. This is then added to the 1/3 chance from the first trigger. 1/3 + 1/6 = 2/6 + 1/6, giving a final answer of 3/6 or a 50% chance of being killed. Wow, it is 50-50...anyway.
Altan (13) is learning about probabilities, permutations, and combinations. Should I give him this problem? Many people in my neck of the woods own a gun or rifle.
Ever hear of a mansard roof? There is a house with a mansard roof in Pretty City Murder. The railing on the eighth roof is a widow’s walk. No lady is made a widow in the novel. Did I give something away? I see triangles, squares, rectangles, trapezoids, circles, half-octagons, and parabolas in these designs.
The parents of a student of mine are from China. His mother has spoken to me at length about communism and the ongoing tyranny, which has extended to her even now, though she lives in the US. I cannot give details, because what I post is public, and the internet extends around the world. If she were to post what is going on, there would be repercussions. Americans need to know this. The presence of communism in America causes concern for her and me.
She snapped these pictures at one of the few places in China where Christmas is celebrated and grapes are grown for altar wine. I will refrain from identifying the location. Also, here is an entry from Wikipedia about Matteo Ricci, SJ, the last pic, one man who was able to blend European and Chinese cultures - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matteo_Ricci
Both parents are well-educated, and their 7-year-old son reads at high school level. The family is not Catholic, but how magnanimous she is for taking/sharing the pictures. No one owns a gun. One rents land for 70 years. There is no homestead to pass on.
Update: The new movie, Mass of the Ages, has reached 1 million viewers; Parts 2 and 3 are in production. Part 1 is under the More tab.
Altan, my 13-year-old student, likes STEM, specifically, robots. More to come.
I got this from a friend and fiddled around with it.
The two most important events in all of history were the invention of beer and the invention of the wheel. Beer required grain, and that was the beginning of agriculture. Neither the glass bottle nor the aluminum can were invented, yet. So, while our early humans sat around waiting for them to be invented, they stayed close to the brewery. That’s how villages were formed.
The wheel was invented to get man to the beer and vice versa. These two were the pillars of modern civilization and, together, they were the catalyst for splitting humanity into two subgroups: liberals and conservatives.
Some men spent their days tracking and killing animals to BBQ at night while they were drinking beer. This was the beginning of what is known as the conservative movement.
Other men who were less skilled at hunting and were called ‘vegetarians’, an early human word meaning ‘bad hunter’, learned to live off the conservatives by showing up for the nightly BBQ’s. This was the beginning of the liberal movement.
Over the years conservatives came to be symbolized by the largest, most powerful land animal on earth, the elephant. Liberals came to be symbolized by the jackass.
Most college professors, social workers, personal injury attorneys, journalists, Hollywood film makers, group therapists, and community organizers are you know what.
They interfered in our national pastime and invented the designated hitter rule as it wasn’t fair to make the pitcher also bat.
Most members of the military, game hunters, rodeo cowboys, lumberjacks, construction workers, firefighters, medical doctors, police officers, engineers, and generally anyone who works productively are you know what.
Liberals produce little or nothing. They like to govern the producers and decide what to do with the production. Liberals crept in after the Wild West was tamed and created the business of trying to get more for nothing.
Lastly, there is the paint color called ‘drunk tank pink’. Turns out, this shade of pink has been proven to reduce hostile, violent, and aggressive behavior, making it the perfect shade to paint holding cells. The official name of this color is Baker-Miller Pink, after the directors at the Naval Correctional Facility where research concerning this color was done. It works on anyone.
Reddite ergo quae sunt Ceasaris, Caesari: et quae sunt Dei, Deo. Render therefore to Caesar, the things that are Caesar’s; and to God, the things that are God’s. Concluding line Matt. 22, 15-21, last Sunday. If only we had right government! Louis XIV receiving Prince de Condé at château de Versailles, by Jean-Léon Gérome 1878. Depicted are Louis, his wife to his left, the Dauphiné to his right, and behind him their confessor.
Actual headline from that rag dated October 21, 2021: “Parents claim they have the right to shape their kids’ school curriculum. They don’t.” Doesn’t that make you sick? Thanks but no thanks. I shape my lesson plans according to what parents and I think is important, and I tutor children, not goats.
Ever perplexed how to pronounce? According to wordgenius, it's “val-AY.” However, if one is referring to the superannuated job of a man’s personal wardrobe fixer/dresser, then one can pronounce that “t” — “VAL-et.” I would like to have a “Val-et.” I guess I’m superannuated.
Rorate Mass 2014. A Rorate is said before the sun rises. A priest can say Mass anywhere, on a flat rock or pile of snow if necessary, and at any time, and in darkness.
Some ladies light candles around the bathtub, and there are no niggling interruptions, but then the doorbell rings. Smells and sounds like a Rorate.
My mother was quite proud of her dining room table and took care setting it for an evening. My sister now has all her silver. Altar accoutrements like a Rorate.
All the sacred vessels in the Mass are gold or silver. After all, they touch the body and blood of Our Lord, which is why the priest washes his hands. At what was to be the Passover, bread and wine were present, and Jesus ate and drank the altered elements as He celebrated His first Mass, the Last Supper.
What does altar wine taste and smell like? Sweet, pungent syrup. Napa-based Mont La Salle has been making sacramental wine since 1930 and saved the California wine industry during Prohibition.
This exact form of the Mass, which the priest prays quietly, mostly, has been in existence with very little change for 1,000 years, probably longer.
The priest repeats the Epistle and Gospel in French because this is French Switzerland.
The long-distance camera is poor quality, but the camera in the sanctuary gives a clear view. Maybe late November or early December, maybe 6AM, because I hear steeple bells ring. At the end he says ecce [ECH-ay], Latin for behold.
Action occurred at 12:12 AM. Suspect wanted on several Felony warrants in three different counties was chased and taken down by K9. She was placed in Placer County Jail after being treated for minor dog bites.
Suspect was driving dangerously and erratically at unsafe rates of speed and was believed to be under the influence. After a high-speed chase with suspect losing control of the vehicle, she exited and fled, officers in pursuit. She was held at gunpoint, then kicked the officers, and tried to run again. That is when the K9 was deployed. Now, suspect faces more charges.
K9 officer's job - well done.
Below is a picture of Echo, Search & Rescue Dog, not involved in the action, but a real trooper. Law Enforcement calls in Search & Rescue dogs to help with rescues of people in life-or-death situations, and these dogs train with Law Enforcement dogs and their trainers.
Testis enim mihi est Deus, quomodo cupiam omnes vos in visceribus Jesu Christi. For God is my witness, how I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. Excerpt from the Epistle of Blessed Paul the Apostle to the Philippians. Wonderful translation for visceribus is bowels. Longing is visceral on the Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost.
The restoration and revitalization of French monasteries is impressive, and they are using all the modern technologies. If I could restart my education and thus improve it, I would study Latin and English, with a side order of French, probably at SoCal's Thomas Aquinas College, whose methodology is tutor-led discussion (not lectures) on the Great Books. The College’s syllabus is composed of the seminal texts that have animated Western civilization. Then, I would turn myself over to a monk educator.