Archive for September, 2006

The Ascent of Mount Carmel continues, with a darned good reason prophecies sometimes aren’t fulfilled: hidden conditions not being met.

Chapter 20: Wherein is proved by passages from Scripture how the sayings and words of God, though always true, do not always rest upon stable causes.


I apologize for posting so short a part so early, but I am going to be doing stuff with my family most of the weekend. Better a small posting than none at all. But I will try to make more headway, I promise.


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Welcome to this product of middle-aged inability to concentrate, odd tastes in reading, and reluctance to watch TV every night. 🙂

Right now, I’m doing a mystery novel set in a small Dorset town; an O. Henry novel set in South America; a Regency romance written during the Regency; a science fiction novel where big business and aliens collide in a struggle over the definition of sapience and… planet zoning; a book on prayer and divine union by St. John of the Cross; a book on management by St. Gregory the Great; a religious education treatise by St. Augustine; and various other stuff I hope you’ll enjoy.

If you like short stories (or don’t feel like committing to a novel), check the “Short Stories” category on the sidebar to your right.

If you like the idea of public domain audiobooks, be sure to visit Librivox too.

You may also like to check out a public domain book I’ve been gradually webbing up: Thomas Livius’ The Blessed Virgin in the Fathers of the First Six Centuries. It’s an amazing storehouse of information, images, and references. For example, here’s an image of Mary you never got in religion class (based on the Song of Songs verse about “terrible as an army”):

“Scatter our enemies visible and invisible; be thou a tower of strength, an armament of war, a strong battle set in array, a leader and invincible defender to us, unworthy though we be, in the face of our foes.”

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The Nebuly Coat continues. Mr. Sharnall is growing strangely nervous. Is it the bishop’s visit, loneliness, or something more sinister?

Chapter 11, Part 2


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The Nebuly Coat continues, as Cullerne Minster prepares for a visit from the new Bishop of Carisbury.

Chapter 11, Part 1


More tomorrow. I had to go drink beer and listen to Amy Welborn tonight. 🙂

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Gerusalemme Liberata continues. With Tancred out of the action, and the other knights lovesick for Armida or reluctant to fight someone as crazy strong as Argantes, old Raymond of Toulouse steps up to fight for the honor of Our Lord! And Our Lord is mindful of him….

(But Raymond doesn’t exhibit perfect chivalry, I’m afraid. How the fight ends just serves him right.)

Book 7, Part 2


This part also features the swift jennet Aquilino!

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Gerusalemme Liberata continues as Erminia finds shelter with some Judean shepherds.

Tancred, lost and searching for Clorinda, finds himself at one of those mysterious castles of romance. He tries to do the sensible thing and stay away, but the owner objects to his plan…

Book 7, Part 1


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Augustine continues his sample lecture to a person wanting to convert to Christianity. More salvation history, more about the two opposing cities.

Part 5


Concluding next week.

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The medieval management classic continues, as we learn why a ruler should know when and how to speak and be silent. Includes one of the funniest analogies ever for giving too long of a sermon… which also makes this segment not totally worksafe.

Ch. 10: That the ruler should be discreet in keeping silence, profitable in speech.

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Part II of Pastoral Care deals with that classic question: I’ve gotten to the top. Now what do I do?

Chs. 0-3:  How one in a place of rule ought to act. A ruler should be pure in thought. A ruler should lead by his actions.


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Against Heresies continues.  Irenaeus goes into the relevant texts in the Gospels of Mark and Luke.

Ch. 10: Proofs of the foregoing, drawn from the Gospels of Mark and Luke.

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Against Heresies continues. Irenaeus goes into the text of the Gospel of Matthew to show that when Jesus talked about the Father and Himself, He was talking about the same God as the one in the Old Testament.

Ch. 9: One and the same God, the Creator of heaven and earth, is He whom the prophets foretold, and who was declared by the Gospel. Proof of this, at the outset, from St. Matthew’s Gospel.


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Against Heresies continues, as Irenaeus argues against Gnostic misreadings of Paul’s letters.

Chs. 7 and 8


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In which the law and the Fuzzies give the Company a surprise.

Chapter 10


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In which the pen is mightier than the gun, and the judge than either.

Chapter 9


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Cabbages and Kings starts the story in the quiet town of Coralio. It seems that President Miraflores is coming over the mountains, along with his opera singer; and plenty of people would like to talk to him….

I: “Fox-in-the-Morning”

19: 18.

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