Archive for November, 2008

The Argonautica continues, as Jason sows the dragon’s teeth and fights the warriors of the Earthborn!

Part 16


PS — Don’t forget to watch the “Jason and the Argonauts” episode on the PBS show In Search of Myths and Heroes. It’s on tonight here, so it may be on in your part of the US also.


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The Art of Dying Well continues with a chapter on Communion.  This is all pretty timeless stuff, including admonishing people to do more than just their Easter duty, and worrying about priests who say Mass so that “….neither they themselves seem to know what they are doing, nor do they allow others to fix their attention on the sacred service.”

Chapter 12: On the Holy Eucharist.


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The Art of Dying Well continues with a chapter on Confirmation. And yeah, the good Cardinal Bellarmine’s view of the sacrament is radically affected by the very different way it was generally administered in his time — which is neither the same way as it was administered in living memory either before or after Vatican II. Interesting!

Chapter 11: Eleventh Precept — On Confirmation.


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The Art of Dying Well continues to teach the art of living well. The next seven chapters discuss the Seven Sacraments, and their place and purpose in a Christian’s life.

Chapter 10: Tenth Precept — Baptism.


I neglected the podcast over the Thanksgiving holiday here. Sorry! But I will try and catch up today in some fashion. (The next few weeks are going to be busy, so expect some spottiness of service.)

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The Sacrifice of the Mass continues its textbook explanations, as it covers that part of the Canon of the Mass (Eucharistic Prayer I) which is said after the Consecration.

Chapter 12E: The Prayer After the Consecration. Memento for the Dead.


This part of the chapter is a bit long, but I was a bit anxious to get this chapter done!

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From St. Gregory Thaumaturgus’ charming speech of farewell to his teacher, Origen. I’ve picked out his thoughts on our requirement to feel and express gratitude to other people and God. It’s interesting that he links this to the Eucharist (which of course means “thanksgiving”), and that he expresses great gratitude to Providence and his guardian angel. (I intend to read the whole thing for you next week. It’s good stuff, and you can see how Origen did live a life of great virtue as well as theological speculation and investigation.)

“On Gratitude”


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“The Risk Profession” comes to a very happy ending, as our insurance investigator demonstrates the importance of enough, but not too much, attention to detail. Penny-wise, pound-foolish!

Part 4


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Argonautica continues, and so do Medea’s mixed feelings, as she gives Jason the magic potion he needs.

Part 15


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The Sacrifice of the Mass continues its textbook explanation. It’s very complete — which is why we won’t finish this Eucharistic Prayer chapter until next week!

Chapter 12D: The Consecration and the Elevation.


UPDATE: Links fixed. Sorry about that!

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The Sacrifice of the Mass continues, with more textbook explanations of the liturgy.

Chapter 12C: Third and fourth prayers before the Consecration.


UPDATE: Links fixed. Sorry, folks!

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The Sacrifice of the Mass continues its textbook explanation of the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite Mass. This chapter covers the Canon of the Mass (aka the Eucharistic Prayer). So this chapter also applies to Eucharistic Prayer 1 in the Ordinary Form. 🙂

Chapter 12B: Memento and Communicantes: Within the Action.


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If you visit the blog of this gentleman who recently commented on my recording of The Worm Ouroboros, you will find that the subtitle of his blog is in cuneiform.

Okay, so theoretically I knew there was Unicode for this, but even I am not geeky enough to have thought of subtitling my blog in a Sumerian syllabary. Also, he apparently can play Couperin on the spinet.

You win the Internet, sir.

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The Art of Dying Well continues, as we finish up the set of three with almsdeeds, aka helping others get their material needs either with gifts or helpful acts, and for God’s sake.

Chapter 9: Ninth precept — almsdeeds.


There will be a little delay with the Gavin book segments for this week. I recorded them earlier, but then I didn’t upload them till Friday evening — and sure enough, archive.org got overloaded and gacked. So it won’t be till Monday that I can put those up. Sorry for my lack of forethought!

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The Art of Dying Well continues, with a look at the importance of fasting to a Christian life.

Chapter 8: Seventh precept — On fasting.


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The Art of Dying Well continues, with some notes on how to get the most out of prayer.

Chapter 7: Seventh Precept — On prayer.


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