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Happy Christmas!

I’m spending my first Christmas in foreign. I don’t have anything special planned, just lunch with a friend, but I am grateful for all of my blessings. As I type this I’m playing the Daisy Voisin video I embedded in my first Christmas post on my blog.

Since her voice is never boring, it’s only fair for me to find another for you.

Not much of a video, but the song…

Here in the UK, they say Happy Christmas.

Father Charles

Oh all the things you coulda get in trouble doing, yuh choose plagiarism. 1st year university students are schooled on the evils of plagiarism even before the they start class. That’s the level foolishness you’d be doing, Father Henry Charles?

By the way, the reason for your resignation, not ringing true. I’m not saying it isn’t but…

I can’t wait for the completely original apology in Mass, and in your Guardian column. You owe it to your disappointed public.

WTF Ron Howard! WTF!

Disclaimer I am Roman Catholic.

That said, Ron Howard  are you serious? Ron Howard is the Director of both The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons. You know 2 movies Catholics not happy with for obvious reasons.

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Do Good…

I love O, The Oprah Magazine, because of articles like this one that appeared in the September 2007 issue: Why We Don’t Care About Darfur.

It examines the reasons the tragedy there seems to be ignored. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed by the ongoing crisis in Darfur. It’s a situation that should grab the public’s interest and sympathy, but it seems it hasn’t

In the Thea Singer article, psychologist Peter Slovic, PhD suggests “psychic numbing” is to blame. That the brain can’t process the scope of the violence and its effects, so it doesn’t.

The article also quotes Joseph Stalin as allegedly saying, “A single death is a tragedy: a million deaths is a statistic.” Meaning people are more moved by an individual’s pain than they are by a group’s crisis.

However Slovic says people can fight the effects of “psychic numbing” by simply being aware of the tendency. In other words, consider what kind of impact news of hundreds of deaths can have. Compare that information to examples you know personally, so that you’re inspired to act rather than suppress.

If you can find that issue of the O Magazine, that would be great. If you live in the United States and are a member of the public library, you can read the article free on-line, right here.

Of the Seven Deadly Sins: Avarice

Avarice is one of the 7 Deadly Sins! It’s one I’m especially guilty of; I am a confirmed Want Monster! I see something that tickles my fancy, and I want it more than anything. I’ll search for it online, dream about it and contrive to get it. Yet when I get it, very often it loses its appeal and I have no idea why.

OK maybe saying I’m guilty of avarice is an exaggeration, but I am a slave to material things. I kind of buy into the: I need it, I want it now, kind of BS. I could blame magazines and TV, but plenty people use media and don’t have a problem with wanting and spending. But then again, plenty do.

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Faith, Hope and Charity.

I believe in volunteering. I believe it’s the right thing to do.¬† I also believe it is a difficult thing to do. Often it requires working hard for no pay, for people who won’t appreciate your efforts, but I still believe in volunteering. Read the rest of this entry »

What Kind of Catholic Are You?

Ha, it seems I can’t resist the Beliefnet quizzes. I just took another one; “What Kind of Catholic Are You?”. I scored a 76 out of 100 so I’m a, “daily Rosary (traditional) Catholic’. I guess therre’s some truth to the assessment, considering I’m very irregular with my Church-going, taking-communion, going-to-confession activities. But I am an idealist, and I love traditions grounded in history, so at the core, that’s the kind of religion I’m drawn to. Anyhoo, you can take the test here. Have fun.