Archive for October 21st, 2005

This blog is now one month old. Vivat! We are only a little more than a week away from Halloween and All Hallows Day, so the spooky stuff continues.

Since I’ll be out of touch this weekend, you’ll notice below that I loaded up my Friday and Saturday audiobooks early. By Saturday, the file problem with the Dialogue should be fixed. The Fitz-James O’Brien short story for Clan Honor Monday may be slightly delayed, but it will go up.

We’ve got one more week to go on St. Catherine of Siena. Next week I’ll be reading the postscript (a letter on her death appended to the book) and the translator’s foreword (because I always read forewords last, to avoid spoilers). They’re both interesting. Then we’ve got two more weeks to go on The Red Thumb Mark, unless the court scenes read faster than their page count.

If people have suggestions for what books I should read next on Mystery Thursday and Saintly Saturday, let me know. I’m inclined to go on with Freeman and read The Eye of Osiris. Murdered Egyptologists with tattoos across their chests are just what you want in late fall.


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With this book, the main meat of the Dialogue is concluded. Obedience isn’t a popular virtue these days, and it wasn’t popular in Catalina Benincasa’s day, either. But in this short treatise, I found the advantages of this virtue were argued pretty persuasively. Most of all, it’s hard to argue that if Adam sinned through disobedience and Christ saved us through obedience unto death — death on a cross — that this is clearly something Christians need to do.

I should note, though, that obedience doesn’t mean going against conscience or morals. (Informed conscience, that is, not “I am now going to mistake me being stubborn for my conscience” or “everybody else is doing it, and peer pressure sounds like conscience”.) Catholics aren’t supposed to get hung up on dishonorable or immoral commands like samurai did. God is always the Big Boss, and obedience to His commands overrides all others. (As long as they’re really His commands. You can’t say, “Oh, yeah, and I’m reading the Bible here as allowing me to act like a jerk.” Or rather, you can, but the Big Boss won’t be amused if you do.)



Part 29
Part 30
Part 31
Part 32
Part 33
Part 34
1 hr. 40 min.



Book 1: “A Treatise of Divine Providence”
Book 2: “A Treatise of Discretion”
Book 3: “A Treatise of Prayer”


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