A review of a book that would make a great Christmas present, including for me! I love biographies that are well written, and I like the way Joanna Bogle has with words.
December 2009 Archives
Today's class for year one diaconate program was moral theology. Very interesting class. Not much in didactic content that was new to me, but lots of different ways to look at the same old problems of sin and virtue. There were a few quotes that I want to share.
"What we do in life echoes in eternity" - from the movie "The Gladiator".
"We have a destiny of beatitude through a vocation of love" (I didn't catch the attribution).
Class started out with a pop quiz. Without referring to our books, list the 10 commandments, in order. I got them all, but not in order! And I learned them as a Protestant, so the numbers always confuse me. Later in the day we had a second pop quiz - name the 7 deadly sins. Try it sometimes! Honestly, I think that we would all do better with a little more rote memorization of some of this stuff.
A couple more notes from class, worth pondering.
Morality is the practice of the good or evil of human action.
Moral theology is the study of goodness or evil in human action, in the light of God's revelation.
Four things that limit freedom, and thus responsibility, are force, fear, passion, and ignorance.
Three things that form ones ethical foundation and help determine how one defines good and evil are ones view of God, ones view of the human person, and ones view of creation.
Truth always conforms with reality.
John 16:13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
We drove 10 hours overnight to spend Thanksgiving with Jess and Emma. Put the turkey in brine in a cooler and brought along most of our Thanksgiving basket from the CSA. Then on Sunday we drove back after Mass. Miss them already. But they will be here for Christmas along with at least 2 more of our daughters. With luck, will also have the other daughter and her husband as well. Doesn't look like any sons, though. Oh well. This house will be pretty crowded as it is.
I had a thought the other day about how Catholic healthcare has been heading the direction of Catholic higher education - that is to say towards CINO. Wondering and thinking about the hows and whys of it all. I am wondering if part of the picture was the move to put nursing education out of the hospital and into the university. Creeping credentialism, where the letters after ones name mean more than actual knowledge or skill. I wish that we had kept the guild and apprenticeship system for those arts that require not just head knowledge but handicraft - like surgery, midwifery, and the like. Need to flesh the thought out a little bit more but I am just too tired and overwhelmed to do a lot of stuff. Winter blues exacerbated by the general recession. Maybe next week. Maybe next year.
But the children, and the grandchildren, make it worthwhile. And I am so blessed to be able to see new life on a daily basis!