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Apr
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4.5.13 … To Show People How To Love …

vocation, To Show People How To Love, Pope Francis:  In two weeks Pope Francis has done more for Christianity than anyone has done in a long time.  Kudos, Pope Francis!

Pope Francis hugs Dominic Gondreau at Easter Mass.

Our stony hearts are transformed into this Christ-like love, and thereby empowered to change hatred into love, only through the Cross. And no one shares in the Cross more intimately than the disabled. And so the disabled become our models and our inspiration. Yes, I give much to my son, Dominic. But he gives me more, WAY more. I help him stand and walk, but he shows me how to love. I feed him, but he shows me how to love. I bring him to physical therapy, but he shows me how to love. I stretch his muscles and joke around with him, but he shows me how to love. I lift him in and out of his chair, I wheel him all over the place, but he shows me how to love. I give up my time, so much time, for him, but he shows me how to love.

This lesson, to repeat, confounds the wisdom of the world. Heck, it confounds me when I, as his parent, so often fail to see my son’s condition for what it is. The lesson my disabled son gives stands as a powerful testament to the dignity and infinite value of every human person, especially of those the world deems the weakest and most “useless.” Through their sharing in the “folly” of the  Cross, the disabled are, in truth, the most powerful and the most productive among us.

One more thing. Pope Francis’ embrace of my son, Dominic, indicates that we should not interpret the new Pontiff’s expressed devotion to the poor, already a cornerstone of his pontificate, in facile, purely material let alone political categories. His Easter embrace of my son stands out as a compelling witness to the kind of “poverty” that he urges us to adopt, the poverty that he pointed to in the opening line of his Urbi et Orbi message yesterday: “I would like [the message of Christs resurrection] to go out to every house and every family, especially where the suffering is greatest…” Parents of disabled children, stand up and find solace and encouragement in these simple yet profound words.

via A Special Vocation: To Show People How To Love | Catholic Moral Theology A Special Vocation: To Show People How To Love |.

Catholicism, Pope Francis, Donatists, humanities:  Quite a few broad generalizations … and I need to research in order to understand the references, but all in all an interesting essay.

This Donatist tendency — to close ranks and return defensively to first principles — can be seen today whenever a movement faces a crisis. Modern-day Donatists emerge after every Republican defeat: conservatives who think the main task is to purge and purify. There are modern-day Donatists in humanities departments, who pull in as they lose relevance on campus.

I’ll leave it to Catholics to decide if Francis is good for the church. The subject here is how do you revive a movement in crisis. The natural instinct is to turn Donatist, to build an ark and defend what’s precious. The counterintuitive but more successful strategy is to follow Augustine, to exploit a moment of weakness by making yourself even more vulnerable, by striking outward into complexity, swallowing the pure and impure, counterattacking crisis with an evangelical assault.

via How Movements Recover – NYTimes.com.

unmarried couples,  US culture, Bloomberg: New normal …

Three of four women in the U.S. have lived with a partner without being married by the age of 30, an increasing trend that suggests cohabitation is now a regular part of family life in the U.S., researchers said.

The survey of 12,279 women ages 15 through 44 also found that 40 percent of unmarried partners transitioned to marriage within 3 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. A third of the arrangements stayed intact without marriage, while 27 percent dissolved, the study found.

“Cohabitation is a common part of family formation in the United States, and serves both as a step toward marriage and as an alternative to marriage,” the report said.

via Unmarried Couples Living Together Is New U.S. Norm – Bloomberg.

Atlanta, history, maps:  Just found this fascinating.  My question:

Did a crazy person plan Atlanta?

 

This is the oldest known street map of Atlanta (circa 1853). Its creator, Vincent, is buried in Oakland and helped design Union Station which burned during Sherman’s occupation. If you look to the far right just above the index, you will see the original 6 acre border of Oakland which was right on the line of the City boundary. Click here for a high resolution image: Vincent’s subdivision map of the city of Atlanta, Dekalb County, state of Georgia : showing all the lots, blocks, sections, &c..

chocolate banana bread,  recipe, Cooking.com:  Since this is my “filing cabinet.”  I had to put this in … I may try it this weekend.  Doesn’t it look cook?

Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe at Cooking.com

 

There’s an old saying in baking that the ugliest fruit makes the best desserts, and I completely agree. One man’s bruised banana is another man’s banana bread. I like to make a loaf of this once a week so I can have a slice with my coffee in the morning or toast a slice for a simple dessert.

 

via Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe at Cooking.com.

 

 


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