KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The Catholic Church is gearing up for an expected tough fight Wednesday at Malaysia’s highest court when it argues for the right to appeal a lower court decision banning it from using the word “Allah” (which is really just Arabic for GOD) in its newspaper. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Malaysian activists pose … Continue reading Roman Catholic Church in Malaysia wants to use ALLAH
Regarding whatever objects that give you delight, that you find are useful, or are deeply loved, remember to tell yourself that they are not permanent but transitory. If, for example,you are fond of a specific ceramic cup, remind yourself that it is only a ceramic cup, part of the family of ceramic cups in general of … Continue reading Epictetus on Transience
Epictetus was a Neoplatonist, a philosophy that was basically Stoic but made more palatable to those who shunned the label. He was highly influential on the Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius. He is often called the New Socrates, and many of his references to the pagan philosopher in his Handbook are replaced with references to Saint … Continue reading The Philosopher Epictetus on Loss
Things in our control are opinion, pursuit, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever are our own actions. The things in our control are by nature free, unrestrained, unhindered; but those not in our control are weak, slavish, restrained, and most importantly belong to others. Now things that are not in our control are: our body, despite your … Continue reading Some things are in our control and others not.
From the Encyclopaedia Britannica on Epictetus, because I'll be posting various things from Enchiridion. Epictetus, (born AD 55, probably at Hierapolis, Phrygia [now Pamukkale, Turkey]—died c. AD 135, Nicopolis, Epirus [Greece]), a Greek philosopher associated with the Stoics, & remembered for the religious tone of his teachings, which commended him to numerous early Christian thinkers. His original … Continue reading Who is Epictetus?
This is shades of the MATRIX....what is it that life is stranger than fiction? It makes sense as the left thinks that foetuses are not real beings, jsut a bunch of tissues; they treat their cats better than their babies. Originally posted 24/March 2014-------------------------------------------------------------The bodies of thousands of aborted and miscarried babies were incinerated as … Continue reading News: Foetal Winter Heat
Fred Phelps, who led the Westboro Baptist Church, in 2006. Credit Charlie Riedel/Associated Press TOPEKA, Kan. — The Rev. Fred Phelps, who drew wide, scornful attention for staging demonstrations at military funerals as a way to proclaim his belief that God is punishing America for its tolerance of homosexuality, died here in Topeka Kansas, early … Continue reading Obit: Rev Fred Phelps militant anti-fag Christian
March 17 Saint Patrick, the Apostle of the Irish, came to Ireland where he found so much reknown, by force. He was seized from his native Britain by Irish marauders when he was sixteen years old. He was the son of a deacon and a grandson of a priest, it was not until his captivity … Continue reading St. Patriachus, Enlightener of Eire
CHIN UP! CHEST OUT! BACK STRAIGHT!” —American military slogan, circa WWII
Through the parable of today's Gospel, Luke 15:11-32, our Saviour has set forth three things for to realize: the condition (length and severity) of the sinner, the rule of repentance, and the greatness of God's compassion. Those who have wrought many great iniquities, usually have persisted in them for a long time, … Continue reading The Prodigal Son and Fasting