From wordgenius.com, 14 Shakespearean phrases we still use today (he sure shook his spear): lie low, green-eyed monster, heart of gold, fair play, break the ice, wild goose chase, it's all Greek to me, forever and a day, good riddance, kill with kindness, as good luck would have it, love is blind, the game is afoot, knock knock who's there. My malapropism - love is blond.
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According to Wikipedia, Shakespeare's marriage to Anne Hathaway in 1582 may have been officiated by John Frith, who in 1586 was accused of being a Catholic priest maintaining the façade of Protestantism. Some surmise Shakespeare married in the city of Temple Grafton, not Stratford, for his wedding to be performed as a Catholic sacrament and that it may have been rushed because Anne was three months pregnant. According to wordgenius.com, Shakespeare created new words, such as "swagger" and "bandit", when no existing terms would suffice.
Today's math problem for my brilliant student (13). If 1/3 of the water in a sewage treatment pond evaporates today Day 1 and 3/4 of what is left evaporates tomorrow Day 2, what fraction of the original remains at the end of Day 2?
A motorcycle cop stops a driver for shooting through a red light. The driver is a real jerk, steps out of his car, comes striding toward the officer, and demands to know why he is being harassed by the Gestapo!
The officer calmly tells him of the red light violation.
The motorist instantly goes on a tirade, questioning the officer's ancestry, sexual orientation, etcetera, in rather explicit, offensive terms. [in my experience, 'faggot' is always a 'I want to fight you' word]
The tirade goes on and on without the officer saying anything.
When the officer finishes writing the ticket, he puts an "AH" in the lower right corner of the narrative portion of the ticket.
He then hands it to the violator for his signature.
The guy signs the ticket angrily, and when presented with his copy, points to the "AH" and demands to know what it stands for.
The officer says, “That’s so when we go to court, I'll remember that you're an asshole!"
Two months later they're in court. Because the violator has a bad driving record with a high number of points and is in danger of losing his license, he has hired a lawyer to represent him.
On the stand, the officer testifies to seeing the man run through the red light.
Under cross examination, the defense attorney asks, "Officer, is this a reasonable facsimile of the ticket that you issued to my client?"
“Yes, sir, that is the defendant's copy, his signature and mine, same number at the top."
Lawyer: "Officer, is there any particular marking or notation on this ticket you don't normally make?"
"Yes, sir, in the lower right corner of the narrative there is an 'AH' underlined."
"What does the 'AH' stand for, officer?"
"Aggressive and hostile, sir."
"Aggressive and hostile?"
"Officer, are you sure it doesn't stand for asshole?"
"Well, sir, you know your client better than I do."
"I am proud of the part I took in opposing the Government, that a country which tries to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and endeavouring to lift himself up by the handle." (Loud laughter.)—Churchill, Town Hall, Malmesbury, 18 December 1904, Complete Speeches I: 398.
Cogito, ergo sum. I think, therefore, I am. - RENÉ DESCARTES
Ego tamquam vir, igitur ego sum. I think like a man; therefore, a man I am.
"While we may never definitively know if Bobby Fischer [chess legend] officially became Catholic, he, at the very least, fit the bill for a baptism of desire. While God binds Himself to His sacraments, He is not bound by the sacraments, and He can confer salvation — by means understood by the Divine Mind alone — on those who, by no fault of their own, die without formal incorporation into the Church."
"The illustrious St. Thomas Aquinas himself tells us that 'when a man wishes to be baptized but by some ill chance he is forestalled by death before receiving baptism, [he] can obtain salvation without being actually baptized, on account of his desire.'"
"On Jan. 17, 2008, Fischer's mortal sojourn came to a halcyon end — in what was perhaps a godwink, he was 64 years old when he died, a year for every square on the chessboard."
Quotes from David Gordon • ChurchMilitant.com • July 23, 2021
Actual photograph of Father Francisco Vera at his execution. Charge: celebrating Mass. Place: Jalisco, Mexico. Year: 1927.
[The authenticity of the photo has been challenged, but I know a woman with a relative who can verify that it was not staged. Though it might take some time, I can contact her for details. The fact remains that many priests were murdered during this period of Mexican history, known as the Cristero War 1926-1929. Graham Greene wrote a novel about it, The Power and the Glory. He was a newspaper correspondent in various places and spent some time in Mexico.]
Below is a picture of Father Miguel Pro, SJ, executed by firing squad on Nov 23, 1927, in Mexico City. I obtained the picture from Wikipedia [in the public domain].
Since the beginning, my favorite place has been school.
My ideal Catholic school, the one I fancy creating, I lay before you.
Of course, it would require a very rich person build and endow it.
Staff: five tutors and a principal
No grade levels
Lower School (Building A)
Room 1, giant classroom, 25 boys with male tutor
Room 2, giant classroom, 25 girls with female tutor
Entrance requirements: child can read one-syllable and two-syllable words and simple sentences with basic punctuation (period, question mark, and exclamation point); child can count and do addition and subtraction
Curriculum: trivium and quadrivium, Catechism, Introduction to Latin
Upper School (Building B)
Room 3 English, Latin, rhetoric, speech, logic, history, civics, Catechism 25 boys with male tutor
Room 4 English, Latin, rhetoric, speech, logic, history, civics, Catechism 25 girls with female tutor
Room 5, giant classroom and lab, STEM coed 50 students with one tutor, male or female
Entrance requirements: movement from Lower School to Upper School normally at age 13 or 14. Student evaluated by the tutors to determine whether he or she is ready. Gifted children advanced faster according to demonstrated ability. Scores on a national test to be used to strengthen weak areas.
Curriculum: English, Latin, US and world history, civics, rhetoric, speech, logic, Catechism, STEM (science to include short courses on subjects other than biology, chemistry, and physics, TBD by students and tutor), all courses tutored to SAT standards and Common Core ignored.
Credential not required; solid education and observable ability to teach are. Background check mandatory. All tutors to be practicing Catholics who have signed the Mandatum. Without the Catechism, education is purposeless.
Tutors must gain competency at teaching music and art appreciation, which is a secondary but important subject.
Learning to play a musical instrument or sing is for outside school.
Learning to draw or paint is for outside school.
Sport is not a subject; students are encouraged to participate in club sports.
Sex education to be done by parents at home and to be highly encouraged.
Wechsler test administered.
Testing is frequent and is to be used to determine a student’s weaknesses and progress. Semester grading is based on the amount of progress demonstrated, not tests.
Student body officers for lower and upper school.
No service requirements; parents to guide service in the way they see fit.
Verbal discipline leading to expulsion for those who cannot cooperate.
By necessity, the school would be cognizant of the fact that children, parents, and other adults sometimes lie as a result of the fallen nature of humanity. For this reason, the restriction against touching a child and the resulting outcry, which is supercilious, would not apply. However, each tutor would be coached at the start of every semester on proper physical contact with children.
Tutors and students clean the school.
Uniforms required of everyone at all times.
Tuition enough to pay the staff, nothing more.
The purpose of an education is threefold:
1) to know, love, and serve God
2) to be an educated person
3) to get a job
If I took the time, I could draw the school. There would be a separate school yard for lower and upper school and a shared auditorium. Latin Mass every first Friday of the school year for all in the auditorium. Confession required before Mass for those who have made their first confession. Every school day to begin (8:30 AM) and end (3 PM) with recitation of the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be.
The more I get to know people, the more I realize why Noah only let animals in.
To people who check behind their shower curtains for murderers...if you do find one, what's your plan?
I went line dancing last night. Well, it was a roadside sobriety test...same thing...
Research has shown that laughing for two minutes is just as healthy as a twenty-minute jog. Now I just sit in the park, laugh at all the joggers, and tell their life stories to the bench presser sitting next to me.
Math trick I presented to my student today:
How many questions are there on a test if the numbered questions are 113 to 174? You must add one to account for the first question – subtraction will not give you the right answer. Here is the proof. Reduce the numbers to 1 to 5. If you subtract 5 – 1, you get 4, but there are 5 questions. You did not count number 1.
Consider an actual SAT question: On the last day of a one-week sale, customers numbered 149 through 201 were waited on. How many customers were waited on that day? Possible answers: 51, 52, 53, 152, 153. The correct answer here is 53, which is the result of (201-149) + 1 = 53. You must count customer 149.
This is a good example of syncopation. The organist accents the upbeats as the word, "saint," is sung three times, and this displacement of regular accents gets the attention of listeners desiring a return to predictability. The first to process down the middle of the nave are the young seminarians. Most of the congregation are young men and women steeling their future priests for battle. Priests are not here on earth to process; they hear your confession.
FYI: the two points on the bishop's miter symbolize the Old and New Testaments. Miter as a transitive verb means to make a miter joint between two pieces of material, such as wood, or to make a diagonal join where the hems along two sides meet at a corner of the fabric.
Incense represents prayers rising to heaven. Frankincense, myrrh, or other tree bark or sap was burned in Old Testament times and is still. Pagans ripped it off.
“Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.” —Perth, Scotland, 28 May 1948, in Churchill, Europe Unite: Speeches 1947 & 1948 (London: Cassell, 1950), 347.
“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” —House of Commons, 22 October 1945
Reproduced below are two quotes from Wikipedia. Robert H. Benson was one of three sons of the Archbishop of Canterbury and an Anglican priest who was received into the Church in 1903. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1904. Last month, one of my students and I read his ghost story, "The Watcher." I slightly edited the Wikipedia quotes to fix grammar problems.
Before 1911, Benson speculated about the year 2007. "… the Anglican Church and other Protestant denominations have crumbled and disappeared under a rising tide of secularism and atheism, leaving an embattled Catholic Church as the sole champion of Christian truth. Nations are armed with weapons that can destroy a whole city from the air within minutes."
In The Dawn of All, published in 1911, he imagined, "a 1971 in which the Catholic Church has emerged victorious in England and worldwide after Germany and Austria have won the "Emperor War" of 1914. This book is also notable in its fairly accurate prediction of a global network of passenger air travel."
Proof that our FSSP parish is alive - we have 96 altar boys, ages 7 through 18. Parishioners include an FBI agent and several police officers and soldiers.
I'm not a traditionalist Catholic! I am a Catholic. No other descriptors are necessary. Those who do not accept tradition are dissenters, period. You don't want to be one.
Today, our priest commented on 1962 Mass restrictions. I will paraphrase. We are being purged, but the grapevine will produce better fruit when it is purged and suffers. Thus, God is allowing us to be purged to produce better fruit. In the 1300’s, speaking directly to St. Brigid of Sweden, Our Lord said, “If you have Me, you have no one to fear.”
We fear no one.
“Quō vādis?” Peter asks.
“Where are you going?”
“Rōmam eō iterum crucifīgī,” Jesus replies.
“I am going to Rome to be crucified again.”
On the Appian Way, Peter gains the courage to continue and returns to the city, where he is martyred by being crucified upside-down. By the way, 'u' is an upside-down 'n'.
What language did Jesus speak? Latin was the administrative language of the Roman Empire, Greek was the language of commerce, Hebrew was the language of the Pharisees, and Aramaic was spoken in Nazareth and Capernaum.
Well, He is God, so He speaks in English, or, more accurately, I understand Him in English. It's a good thing I had Mr. Alvernaz SJ and Mr. Henning SJ for Latin I and II.
Proximate Rule of Faith (Magisterium) VS Remote Rule of Faith (Tradition)
Faith for Catholics is not only a simple trust in the gospel but also a belief in specific ideas. It means accepting certain truths about who God is, the nature of humanity, Christ and His life, and even the Church. When Catholics talk about the rule of faith, they are describing the way in which Christian truth is understood, expressed, and lived.
Catholics understand God's truth to be perfect, both in its pure essence (the remote rule of faith) as well as in the way Christians must understand that truth (the proximate rule of faith).
Father Ripperger, exorcist currently serving in the Denver Archdiocese, says we must follow the Remote Rule when the Proximate Rule fails, which is what is happening to us now.
Sometimes, Catholic piety makes me want to upchuck, or am I seeing stupidity, not piety? Last Sunday, I sat next to a Chinese man at Mass. He hardly looked up at the altar. His humility put me to shame.
Just finished reading, "Dongfang and the Festival of Lanterns," a title owned by one of my students. The story appears in Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats, a treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities & Recipes from The Children's Museum, Boston, written by Nina Simonds and Leslie Swartz and illustrated by Meilo So, published by Gulliver Books Harcourt Inc. (2002).
As you might have guessed by all my postings, I like Latin. It has many "qu" words: quoque, quemque, quemquam, quisquam, quid, quod, quotquot, quotiescumque, quattuor (four), and quinque (five), and more, making me euphoric, which derives from the Greek euphoros. Latin has the distinction of never changing, and you know I like that.
A symbolic betrayal of human evolution, wrongly implying that evolution is linear and progressive. [Credit: Wikipedia]
Without acknowledging the fact that many adherents to evolution ignore the soul, this mostly fine digital resource does state, "Theories of evolution provide a provisional explanation for the facts."
Wikipedia traces the beginnings of the science:
"The search for a fossil that connected man and ape was unproductive until the Dutch paleontologist Eugene Dubois went to Indonesia. Between 1886 and 1895 Dubois discovered remains that he later described as 'an intermediate species between humans and monkeys'. He named the hominin Pithecanthropus erectus (erect ape-man), which has now been reclassified as Homo erectus.
"Homo sapiens emerged around 300,000 years ago, evolving from Homo erectus and migrating out of Arica, gradually replacing local populations of archaic humans.
"The term missing link has fallen out of favor with biologists because it implies the evolutionary process is a linear phenomenon and that forms originate consecutively in a chain. Instead, last common ancestor is preferred since this does not have the connotation of linear evolution, as evolution is a branching process."
Biden's speeches are scripted by others. Quid, inquam, ego non capio. What I say, I do not understand. Homo means man. Sapiens means wise. He belongs to another branching process.