Archive for July, 2008

The Ring and the Book continues, as young Fr. Caponsacchi tells the tale of the flight to Rome.

Book 6E


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Who Is the Rich Man That Shall Be Saved? continues. So what was important about the disciples’ response to Jesus’ little talk with the young rich man?

Part 5


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Banquet of the Ten Virgins continues, with a short and sweet talk by Theopatra.

Discourse 4: Theopatra.


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The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath continues, as Randolph Carter continues his journey into the onyx mining regions of Inquanok.

This part harbors one of Lovecraft’s most intentionally pulpy sentences, as he winks at the annoying convention of his contemporaries of having male heroes faint from shock. (Listen for the word “hippocephalic”.)

Part 8

33 min.



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The Moon Pool rushes toward its exciting conclusion. In its antepenultimate chapter, the forces of Yolara and Lugur make a daring move against the Akka and the Silent Ones!

Chapter 33: The Meeting of Titans.


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Father Z is starting to read some of Guareschi’s famously fun Don Camillo stories on his PodcaZt. Whether you’re new to the Little World of postwar small town Italy, or an old friend of the good beefy priest and his wayward village Communist sheep, Peppone, I know you’ll enjoy these tales.

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A Dialogue of Comfort against Tribulation continues. Vincent worries about worldly shame, and Anthony thinks of heavenly glory.

Book 3, Chapter 23

9 min.

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The Story of a Soul continues, as St. Therese suffers a severe attack of scruples.

“Scruples” in this connection is a serious mental/spiritual condition related to obsessive/compulsive disorder, although it usually strikes people who don’t suffer from normal OCD and often it’s only temporary — a matter of a day or a month — though it does sometimes last many long years.

The person with scruples tends to fear compulsively that everything he does is a sin, or that everything will be a sin unless he does X. Others may become unsure than any prayer “counts” unless it is done “properly”, and are never satisfied that they have prayed properly. Unfortunately, many people who come down with some form of scruples are unaware that this is a recognized condition; and even many pastors don’t know that this is a common problem with common methods used to deal with it. On the Internet, you run into people suffering from scruples pretty commonly — which explains a lot, once you figure it out. You want to be gentle with such people.

Chapter 4B


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The Story of a Soul continues, as St. Therese narrates the time around her First Communion and her Confirmation.

Chapter 4: First Communion and Confirmation.


Here’s a good blog entry on Therese, with some good pictures.

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Legacy concludes, as Trigger confronts the results of what she’s done.

Chapter 29


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Legacy continues, as Trigger confronts the plasmoid gone wild.

Chapter 28.


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The Ring and the Book continues, as Caponsacchi finally hears Pompilia speak for herself.

Book 6D


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The Banquet of the Ten Virgins continues, as Thaleia argues that St. Paul was a champion of virginity.

Discourse 3B


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The Banquet of the Ten Virgins continues, as Thaleia interprets texts on marriage in their analogical/spiritual sense.

Discourse 3: Thaleia


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Who Is the Rich Man That Shall Be Saved? continues, as St. Clement talks about being poor in bad passions and desires, and rich in God.

Part 4


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