Tuesday, March 12, 2013

"Let Our Lives Be Good  

I've been procrastinating on getting out posts for this blog, trying to get a coherent, booklike narration for belief, knowledge, and faith and, in doing so, have been seduced into all sorts of philosophic bordellos. That's not the way a blog should go, but more as a journal (a la Pensees), so that is how we'll do it from now on. In that mode, I was doing my daily bedtime reading of "Augustine Day by Day" (John E. Rotelle, O.S.A.) and found one particularly apt for the current times: The picture is of St. Augustine of Hippo. The Quote is from his Sermon 30.
"Bad times! Troublesome times! This is what people are saying. Let our lives be good and the times will be good. For we make our own times. Such as we are, such are the times. What can we do? Maybe we cannot convert masses of people to a good life. But let the few who hear live well. Let the few who live well endure the many who live badly."
Sermon 30, 8
The next blog will explore the scientific history of the Higgs field/boson and its relevance and irrelevance to our faith. Until then there's a fine piece by the Jesuit Vatican Astronomer, Br. Guy Consolmagno on the non-godness of the so-called God particle
Till then...
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Retired, cranky, old physicist.   Convert to Catholicism in 1995.   Trying to show that there is no contradiction between what science tells us about the world and our Catholic faith.   Intermittent blogs and adult education classes to achieve this end (see http://rationalcatholic.blogspot.com/   and http://home.ptd.net/~rkurland)

Extraordinary Minister of Communion volunteer to federal prison and hospital; lector, EOMC.
Sometime player of bass clarinet, alto clarinet, clarinet, bass, tenor bowed psaltery for parish instrumental group and local folk group.

And, finally, my motivation:
“It is also necessary—may God grant it!—that in providing others with books to read I myself should make progress, and that in trying to answer their questions I myself should find what I am seeking.
Therefore at the command of God our Lord and with his help, I have undertaken not so much to discourse with authority on matters known to me as to know them better by discoursing devoutly of them.”
St. Augustine of Hippo, The Trinity I,8.