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Archive for July 4th, 2009

And anyway, there’s no proof! You’ll never find the dead silicon body!

Ahem.

I uploaded a bunch of chapters of Intro to the Devout Life today, but archive.org doesn’t seem to be in a good mood about letting the rest of the world see them. I’m going to stop fiddling with it and go see my parents.

Basically, I don’t know if the new chapters will show up for you folks or not. You’ve got the links. If I don’t do anything else, in 48-72 hours, the archive.org directory should stop contemplating its navel and get on with life. That’s the way archive.org is supposed to work, anyway. It being a holiday weekend with potentially high traffic and high attraction for Murphy’s Law-ions, who knows?

Good luck and good hunting! 😉

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An Introduction to the Devout Life continues, with a discussion of how to take little spiritual breaks throughout the day, retreating to God for stolen moments here and there. In tandem with this, we learn about incorporating feelings of aspirations, holy thoughts, and short, spontaneous mental/vocal prayers and exclamations. We also have some fun comparing devotion to God with the constant preoccupation with the beloved, of someone crazy in love. (The tree simile.)

Book 2, Chapters 12-13: Concerning spiritual retreat. Concerning aspiration, ejaculatory prayers, and holy thoughts.

20:57.

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An Introduction to the Devout Life continues, with a recommendation of a simple method of evening prayer combined with an examination of conscience.

Seeing as people nowadays often don’t really believe in sin, examinations of conscience have often gone by the wayside. But even if you were interested in business profits or sports success instead of God, you would surely want to examine how you’ve acted during a day, what has been done well and what hasn’t, and what needs to be changed. So surely, there’s nobody who wouldn’t benefit from such a summing up. (Before your mind does it to you, instead, and you end up laying awake replaying events behind your eyelids.)

Book 2, Chapter 11: Evening Exercise and examination of conscience.

2:45.

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An Introduction to the Devout Life continues, with a recommendation of a simple method of morning prayer.

Book 2, Chapter 10: A Morning Exercise.

4:37.

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“The Were-Wolf” is a Norse historical fantasy story by Clemence Housman. (She was A.E. Housman’s sister, and did both professional writing and illustration.) I think you’ll enjoy it both as a slice of olden life and a dark fantasy.

Part 1

28:37.

UPDATE: Broken link fixed. Augggggh! Sorry about that.

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