Saturday, February 22, 2014

Kept Women, Kept Men, The Family Economic Unit, and Sucess In an Intellectualized World.

Fancy folk debate the approaches to achieving a "Work-Life" balance.  The nature of the family has become a politicized exercise in self-indulgence rather than a biological and cultural phenomenon. 

Those of such antique notions as the children of the Scottish Enlightenment who believed you could read "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God" in nature might think marriage is an enterprise undertaken by a man and a woman to raise children enduring "[t]he slings and arrows of outrageous fortune" such a bold venture entails.  Such people still exist.

Raising children? A task of some significance to the health of societies? These are non-starters in much of the debates whirling around us like a swarm of noisy wasps.

Yet, how children are raised makes a real difference in their intellectual development.  The more words a child hears in his or her first three years makes an enormous difference in their latter vocabulary as shown in this video from the Economist:



Might a mother and a father who spend lots of time with their children, reading to them, telling them stories, and making sure they are around when they talk do more good for their later wealth than a huge grub stake?  Homeschooling did C.S.Lewis and J.R. Tolkien a world of good and neither was a slouch with language.  Both were exposed to other languages at very tender ages.  Other studies have shown learning more than one language in those early years does wonders.


Tuesday, January 07, 2014

He Even Predicted the Child Abuse

This video made of Paul Harvey's words claims he spoke them in 1965. If that date is right, this is quite prophetic in both meanings of that word:

Friday, November 01, 2013

The Melbourne Cup Is Almost Here



Emirates Melbourne Cup Day is 3:00 PM Tuesday November 5th, 2013 Melbourne time which is about 10:00 PM, Monday here in Wichita.

Don't invite him to pray with you if you might not like his prayer

At a National Prayer Breakfast, out president must have wondered "Who invited him?"

http://youtu.be/hYhL0I9U7IE

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Perpetual adoration

In our parish, Blessed Sacrament in Wichita, we have had perpetual adoration for over thirty years.  It has spread to most of the parishes in Wichita. My hypothesis is that perpetual adoration is a significant reason why we have so many vocations.  In a diocese with just 200,000 Catholics we have 59 seminarians.  We have a goodly number of religious vocations as well.

 I am polling to ask whether parishes have perpetual adoration.  Feel free to use the comments to tell about your parish or what you think about the hypothesis.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Kegel exercises

Kegel exercises are designed to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. How to do Kegel exercises for men.  

Aussie spoken: no subtitles provided.



Saturday, August 24, 2013

Did you know Benedict changed the Baptismal rite? [For the better]

Conspiracy theories anyone?

In one of the deeply kept secrets of the papal transition, Benedict XVI changed the words of the baptismal rite and the change was promulgated by Francis.  No longer does the church welcome the newly baptized into the "Christian community," but rather into the "Church of God."

Sandro Magister explains in "Vatican Diary / Pope Benedict's Parting Shot:"



This more precise language make sense in terms of the Vatican II theological terminology, on which see the late Father Richard John Neuhaus's essay: "The One True Church."