instruere...inlustrare...delectare Disputations

Saturday, January 25, 2014

A material sign of a material reality

Could there have been a more perfect conclusion to the (Combined) Celebration of the Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens and the Rite of Welcoming Baptized but Previously Uncatechized Adults Who are Preparing for Reception into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church than -- literally before the candidates and catechumen had all sat back down -- for an usher to stick a collection basket into the pew at them?



Saturday, January 11, 2014

I've got a good feeling about this

Obviously, I'm procrastinating in finishing up my brief presentation on the Sacraments for tomorrow morning's RCIA class. But, though I say it who shouldn't, explaining the Sacraments with koalas seems like a can't-fail proposition.

Ceci n'est pas un koala, but you get the idea.



Friday, January 10, 2014

Thinking is a virtue

One advantage of rule-based morality is that you don't have to think. You just have to follow the rules.

One disadvantage of rule-based morality is that you don't have to think. So you don't.

And when the rules fail you, as they will, you won't have the habit of thinking to fall back on.