Pope Leo XIII is credited as being the founder of Catholic Social Teaching. He would have been appalled by the credit. He intended nothing other than to apply to current concerns what Jesus taught his apostles and what they handed down to their successors. His thoughts prescind not from the nature of the spanking new modern state, nor from social advances sometimes more apparent than real, but from the changeless nature of man, discoverable both by reason and by humble attention to the revealed word of God. Leo never supposed that one could devise any Social Teaching without understanding what a society is to begin with, which requires that we understand what human beings are, and why they are—for what end God made them, male and female, in His image and likeness. Leo surveys the world from the mountaintop of the faith—not from the mercurial ingenuity of a vain scholar, or the meddlesome pride of an innovator.
Seriously, though, the article is well written and the intro hook is delightfully skilled.
But just in case you forgot, according to the Bible, King Sennacherib ran a pretty wealthy city around 700 BC and he was all about sacking towns and raking in the Benjamins. Typical bad guy king stuff.
So then he set his sights on the Kingdom of Judah. The Bible states that “Sennacherib king of Assyria advanced and invaded Judah, and laid siege to the fortified towns, intending to demolish them.” Not only did he do that but he talked trash while doing it. I can’t help but be reminded of the scene from the movie The Incredibles when they’re talking about the bad guy has the good guy dead to rights and what does he do? He monologues about how he is all powerful and going to take over the world yadda yadda, thus giving the good guy a chance to escape. Well, that’s pretty much exactly what happened here. The first known example of monologuing to one’s own detriment.
Every bite that goes into their mouth is seasoned with guilt, and they wonder why it turns to ash and sawdust while they chew.
She’s talking about food, but it works really well– and seeing as this is Lent, it’s even timely!
For those in Washington state:
My friend, Todd Herman, is calling for direct action against the criminal enterprise otherwise known as Sound Transit and the fraudulent way they are valuing cars in order to extort more taxes from district residents. He outlined his plan on his show Tuesday.
Here’s the plan, in his own words.
What I envision is gathering enough evidence to get some sense of the magnitude of the fraud and then creating an easy, step by step way for individuals to files cases with ethics boards, city attorneys, professional boards, courts and even criminally. Make all of them contain the name Peter Rogoff1. Make Sound Transit spend their lives answering these instead of letting them simply order Sideshow Bob to find them guilty but innocent like he did earlier2. So, metaphorical death by a thousand cuts.
Here’s how you can help:
- Go here, click “Renew your…
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There has been a trend of late that I find quite disturbing. It is the “Let’s Redeem A Villain” movie.
Now, keep in mind, I am all about redeeming villains. Were I not, would I have married one of the Evil League of Evil? No. Certainly not.
In fact, I love redeeming villains. I have spent the last 25 years playing roleplaying games where I spend all my time, yes, you guessed it: redeeming villains.
Real villains, too. The kind that it actually take 25 years to redeem.
So, you think I would be part of the natural audience for movies like The Grinch and Malificent. Well, I would have been, had they been done right.
What do I mean by right? I mean: Had these movies been about a villain who was redeemed.
She doesn’t go into why this might be, but I have a theory
that it’s a demon that it has to do with people not really having a firm grasp on what evil is.