November 2004 Archives

Advertising 101


Lots of publicity, low costs.

A British hotel chain is offering couples called Mary and Joseph a free night's stay over Christmas.

Hotel manager says: "Our hotel is definitely more comfortable than a stable. I just hope they don't bring their donkey."

Mama-Lu says: "What if they give birth on the bed. Is that a problem?"

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I know we don't post pictures as often as some people would like, and it may not seem like we take an unusual number of picture of our son, at least for first time parents. However, for every picture that gets posted, there are probably three that get erased from the camera. When we were considering our camera purchase, Chris said "If we had a good camera, I would take more pictures." That was a huge understatement. He has taken as many pictures of Matthew in the last 5 months as he has taken pictures in his entire pre-parenthood life. I'm afraid that someday Matthew may have trouble adjusting to life without frequent flashes. (oh and if you didn't know Papa-Lu is Poppy to his son)

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Keats v. the Culture of Death


Part 3 of the interview with Donald DeMarco, author of "Architects of the Culture of Death."

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More from Zenit

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Freud, Marx, Culture of Death


Another good interview from Zenit, this one with author of a new book: Architects of the Culture of Death

Part 1
Part 2

A sample:

Q: What do you think will most surprise readers about the thinkers outlined in your book?

...Wilhelm Reich thought of himself as a secular Messiah who would cure the world of both its social as well as personal neuroses. He saw himself as the world's first Freudo-Marxist. He earned, more than anyone else, the appellation, "Father of the Sexual Revolution."

Yet he died in a federal penitentiary, serving time there because he had defrauded the American public by selling them empty boxes that were allegedly constructed to capture a precious form of energy called "orgone." One critic of Reich said that it was hard to take any man seriously who said, "I realized that I could no longer live without a brothel."

That's hilarious. I haven't heard this guy's name since some hippie I used to play hackey-sack with almost a decade ago went on and on about him. If I knew then...

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The Pope, Christian Humanism, Edith Stein...


Worthwhile interview with Theologian Juan Luis Lorda, author of Christian Anthropology: From the Second Vatican Council to John Paul II.

Q: Why is Christian anthropology one of the strong points of evangelization?

Lorda: Because it discovers how man is and what his most profound aspirations are. The center of Christian evangelization is God: to lead modern man to discover that God loves us because he is our Father. This is the heart of Jesus Christ's message.

But that path is made easier when a person discovers how he is, and that his most profound aspirations are directed to God. The Church has a wisdom about man, a Christian humanism, which is a cultural treasure of the first order, because it gives meaning to life, it leads one to live with dignity, and makes people happy. It is a marvelous light in the world.

Many of our contemporaries, when they think of themselves, think they are the blind result of material forces, a protozoan evolved by chance. We know that we are children of God, that we have a Father who loves us, that we are brothers and that a destiny of love awaits us which we can already live.

We understand the meaning of intelligence and freedom, of love and family. This is beauty. The other is darkness and degradation. Dostoyevsky said it: "Only beauty will save the world."
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CCD Lesson Planning Tip


Always read the scripture you are going to have the children read carefully before class. Make sure the translation that you are preparing with is the same as the one you use in class, because if you are going to teach the story of Sara and Abraham, and if you are going to have a 6th grade girl read Sara's part, and if you are using the NAB in class but you prepared with and Ignatious, you will have a problem when you get to Gen 18:12. There's more than one way to translate "voluptati."

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New pics!

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Fresh Matthew pictures for all of his fans can be found here!

Here's a sample:

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Our Little Prince demands his breakfast in bed

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He's starting to look way too old!

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Trying on his winter apparel.

A halloween costume from Nana. Rroooowwwwrr!

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Look at my happy little boy!

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Mama-Lu's Etsy Shop

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