Archive for July, 2006

Mr. Sponge’s Sporting Tour continues as Soapey reaps the glad harvest of his virtuous proposal.

Ch. 66: Mr. Sponge at Home


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Mr. Sponge’s Sporting Tour continues as Mr. Sponge finally gets a really good hunt. But who’s hunting who, and what’s the real prize of the day?

Ch. 65: The Hunt


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The Pharsalia continues with more brutal battle scenes. Today we meet some Romans who are truly determined to commit seppuku, and the family members who love them. Talk about your culture of death! Also, King Juba gets his revenge on Curio, one of Rome’s shadiest populist politicians, when Curio’s forces land in North Africa.

Book IV (cont.): Battle in the Adriatic. Death of Curio.


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The Pharsalia continues, as Caesar fights Pompey’s forces in Spain, and they fight thirst.

Book IV: Caesar in Spain


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The Ascent of Mount Carmel continues. We learn about the relationship between the three theological virtues (faith, hope, and love/charity) and the three faculties of the soul (understanding, memory, and will).

BTW, it would be a mistake to think that St. John of the Cross is claiming as a scientific fact that cerebral memory resides in the soul. We are talking about real memory — how the soul knows itself, and that sort of thing. Obviously, the theology of the body view would be that neurological processes and the soul are intimately intertwined and were made to work together, but that ultimately the soul can remember when the body cannot (due to damage or death). Same thing with understanding and the will. Equally obviously, this is something that can be reasoned about but not scientifically tested. (AFAIK.)

However, it’s true that “sin makes you stupid” because it clouds your understanding and narrows your view, and certainly the sins on your soul weaken your will and make it harder to resist further sin. The same narrowing is likely true of memory; we call things to mind based on our character, and attitudes of the moment; and we tend to forget what’s inconvenient to remember.

Ch. 6: How Faith, Hope and Love Perfect, and Produce Emptiness and Darkness in, the Three Faculties of the Soul


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The Ascent of Mount Carmel continues. This is a pretty good place to jump on, btw.

I like the image of God’s grace working in the soul as being like a ray of sunlight coming through a clean or dirty window.

Ch. 5: What Is Meant by Union of the Soul with God


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So, what public domain audiobooks would you like to hear me read? Fridays are free, and Mondays and Tuesdays are going to be free soon. Also, I’m always looking for suggestions in general. Even if I don’t do a book or story immediately, I’ll keep it in mind.

So if you want to hear it, let me hear about it!

Also, what lengths do you prefer? Short stories or novels? Do you like serializing, or would you rather download a whole story in one big chunk? Inquiring podcasters want to know!

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