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Chesterton's influence

Just to keep this at the top of my LJ...

First, this is not only my personal LiveJournal, but also one about G.K. Chesterton (it is simply easier to use one LJ for both purposes, rather than to have two separate LiveJournals). So expect quite a few posts about G.K. Chesterton in addition to my own regular posts.

So, do you wish to learn more about my favorite author? :-)

The influence of G.K. Chesterton (and other interesting facts)
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"The Bishop of the Moon"

[Archbishop William Borders] was ordained bishop in 1968 and made the first Bishop of Orlando, Florida. The new diocese encompassed central Florida and included Cape Canaveral, from where, the following year, Apollo 11 launched, bound for the moon. After that historic launch and lunar landing, with all the images of our astronauts walking, golfing, and planting the flag, Borders made an ad limina visit to Rome to meet with Paul VI.

During their meeting, Borders rather nonchalantly observed, "You know, Holy Father, I am the bishop of the Moon."

Pope Paul looked at him rather perplexed - probably wondering where along the line this American prelate lost his mind. Borders then continued by explaining that by the existing (1917) Code of Canon Law, he was the de facto ordinary of this "newly discovered" territory.
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"Holy Terror: The First Great Radio Hoax"

A good article about the 1926 "radio hoax" on the BBC by Fr. Ronald Knox.

An extract from the article:

The resulting script is peppered with stylistic tics and outright jokes, which Knox evidently assumed would alert his listeners not to take it too seriously. I've rigorously excised all those jokes from the account of the broadcast opening this piece to try and duplicate the sensationalist impression most listeners seem to have taken away. But just look at the tip-offs they missed:

* Knox uses comedy names for all the characters mentioned in his report: Mr Popplebury, Sir Theophilus Gooch, Miss Joy Gush and Mr Wotherspoon. Any one of these names may be thought ridiculous enough, but taken together, they're a clear indication that something fishy's going on.

* Knox also gives his characters ludicrous jobs. The rioters' ringleader Mr Popplebury, for example, gets nine mentions in the report, and is described every time as “Secretary of the National Movement for Abolishing Theatre Queues”. Why would such a trivial figure be leading this serious unrest? The unfortunate Mr Wotherspoon is described as “Minister of Traffic”, a post which - as Knox later pointed out to his critics - did not exist.

* In parodying the BBC's news style of the day, Knox often gives the same piece of information twice, first in the active voice and then the passive. For example: “The crowd in Trafalgar Square is now assuming threatening dimensions. Threatening dimensions are now being assumed by the crowd which has gathered in Trafalgar Square”. He pushes this to the point of absurdity by using it six times in a very short piece.

* In copying the BBC's determination to educate its listeners, Knox often slips in a passage of unwanted historical detail before returning abruptly to the subject at hand. On the Houses of Parliament, for example, he says: “The building is made of magnesian limestone from Yorkshire, a material which is unfortunately liable to rapid decay. At present, in any case, it is being demolished with trench mortars.”

* Knox breaks up reports of the riot with parodies of other BBC news content, including the arrival of a spectacularly vacuous American film star at Southampton. He also includes a weather forecast which announces the weather will be “fine generally, with occasional showers in the South and a continuous downpour in the North”. Winds, he adds, will be “violent” in England and “assume the dimensions of a hurricane” in Scotland. But otherwise fine.

* Sir Theophilus Gooch's death in Trafalgar Square - and the far more serious news that his BBC talk will now have to be cancelled - is followed by a short biographical sketch. “He very soon attracted the notice of his employers,” Knox says. “However, nothing was proved, and Sir Theophilus retired with a considerable fortune.”

* Following the collapse of Big Ben, Knox explains twice that Greenwich Time will instead be given from Edinburgh on “Uncle Leslie's repeating watch”.

* After the sensational news that Mr Wotherspoon has been hanged from a lamp-post in the Vauxhall Bridge Road, Knox sets listeners up to expect a vital correction. Dragging their expectation out as far as he dares, and with fulsome apologies on behalf of the BBC, he finally admits that it was actually a tramway post.

* When Popplebury's mob reach the BBC, Knox announces breathlessly that they have entered the waiting room, where calm is instantly restored. “They are reading copies of the Radio Times,” he explains. “Goodnight, everybody. Goodnight.”
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One lesson I am having to learn at the moment is trying to take one moment at a time, "sanctifying the present moment"...It's something that I have especially had to learn the last few days (which explains why I have been absent from LiveJournal recently).

My father, who had been a mechanic for about forty years and was the hardest working man I ever knew, is unable to work now, due to various physical problems (a bulging disc in his back, all the cartilage is gone from his knee, he is blind in one eye, etc.). But the only trade he ever knew was being a mechanic (i.e., for industrial sewing machines in factories). He has been trying to get disability, but they have been playing games with him for over two years now, pretending he can still work (which is nonsense). Since reality is quite different from what the government thinks, in that he really can't work, my sister and I have been living with my parents, trying to earn enough money to pay bills and so forth, until my father is able to take early retirement in April of next year. It has been difficult, but certainly manageable.

But now my sister will have to be leaving. She has an opportunity to finally regain custody of her son, but in order to do so she will have to move, as reluctant as she is to do so. But she (rightly) thinks she has to take advantage of this opportunity, since she might not get another. But since she is moving, that means we will have to rely on my income alone. Since there are not really any good jobs around here that I can do, I have been having to work at a Dollar General. While I do have a full-time job there, still, it goes without saying it isn't exactly the highest paying job in the world, and so finances are definitely going to be tight. We are fortunate enough to own where we live (a small mobile home), so that is one bill we do not need to worry about, but there are plenty of others, and we're going to have to cut back even more. (We're going to try to keep the Internet, if at all possible, however.)

Moreover, the car recently went out (as in, it would be cheaper to buy a new car than to fix our old one). So that means we have no car at the moment (and there's not really any public transportation around here). Thankfully, I live within walking distance of work, and hopefully with my income tax money when I get it my family can get some type of used car that runs, but still...

Anyway, not to try to bore you too much, but I was just wishing to explain the situation a little that we find ourselves in, and ask for your prayers. They would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Not good....My family's car went out yesterday. :-( At least my parents were able to make it home before it completely went out, a blessing considering the type of weather that we are experiencing now. Still, it will be difficult to deal with.
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Why, yes, I *have* been negligent in updating my LJ. lol.

My sister has come down to live with my family in Kentucky, at least for a while. Other than that, not much happening...

I did recently read a book that I enjoyed greatly. Dion: The Wanderer Talks Truth, written by Dion DiMucci (and helped by Mike Aquilina). It gives his own story of coming to faith in Christ (and a return to his Catholic roots). One passage I particularly loved in the book, that I wished to share. (There were many others as well, but..).

This one is about the nature of love, that I thought was awesome:

That's what earthly loves are built to do. They prepare us for God's love. They prepare us for the God who is Love. Sometimes they do it by making us wait for a long time; they stretch our hearts and increase our capacity to give and receive. Sometimes they do it by breaking our hearts, so God can give us a new one.

Love is not just the stuff of daydreams and sighing. It's going back to school.

And we learn along the way that love is all about sacrifice- sacrificing myself for sake of the one I love. Love is a school of sacrifice, where we learn how to be like Jesus, because sacrifice is the essence of his life. He gave himself up for the one he loved, and that one is you. That one is me.

Go read the Letter to the Hebrews. Jesus is the great high priest of the new covenant, and he offers everything he's got to God the Father. He's a priest, and so he offers a sacrifice.

That's love. Our dreams of love draw us out of ourselves, first maybe when we're teenagers as we see a lovely person like Gina Lollobrigida on the silver screen. We dream of a date, but it's still a dream of getting, and the object remains an object, like a Martin guitar, only better.

But love insists on schooling us, if we'll let it. Through marriage and parenting and even deep friendship, we grow until that lower-case love goes capital on us. Sometimes it happens slowly, with progress you hardly notice. Sometimes it happens suddenly, because of some great shock, or some great joy, or even the sudden intervention of Jesus in your life. (I've had my share of all three.)

We learn to offer ourselves for the sake of someone else, just as Jesus did. Maybe it seems at first that it's not going to be pleasant. We don't want to give. We want to get something out of love. But we learn over time that sacrifice is the only way to happiness.
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D'oh! Haven't been updating/commenting on LJ lately, you see...OK, I have no good excuse. :-)

Except that I've been spending a lot of time the last few days reading a very good book I came across, called The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism by Edward Feser.

Perhaps I will come up with a better review of it soon, but right now I will just say that it is probably the best non-GKC book I've read through in the last couple of years (i.e., since reading Life of Christ by Fulton Sheen). As the title indicates, it does take on the claims of the new atheists, and certainly I did find that helpful (especially since I was admittedly very weak in many places as far as that topic is concerned, not really having done much reading in that area). However, the reason I bought it was not so much for apologetical purposes as rather the fact that since the manner it approaches them is from a philosophical perspective (the author being a Thomist), it in essence gives an overview of many major elements within Thomistic philosophy and the classical Western philosophical tradition. In other words, quite apart from apologetics purposes, I found it extremely valuable for the philosophical portions, and that is indeed the main reason I wanted to buy it. It was certainly more than worth the price.

(The author, btw, has a blog that I think I linked to before, but... )

In other news, I was finally able to catch up with my teacher (he's been out of town a lot lately, working on projects at his mother's house, so it was hard setting up a meeting). He was able to give me a lot of valuable help with various things, and so hopefully I can get stuff going in the right direction finally for a job search. lol. Prayers would be appreciated for that still. Thanks!
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Do you desire security? Here you have it. The Lord says to you, "I will never abandon you, I will always be with you" If a good man made you such a promise, you would trust him. God makes it, and do you doubt? Do you seek a support more sure than the word of God, which is infallible? Surely, He has made the promise, He has written it, He has pledged His word for it, it is most certain. -St. Augustine

I have neglected LJ the last couple of days. Oops! Anyway, not having paid attention for a while, I was surprised to see that the Cardinals (at the moment anyway) have the best record in the major leagues....Wow. lol

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OK, since I didn't update yesterday, I have two things I need to express gratitude for today. :-)

Well, yesterday I had an appointment with someone involved in the "job club" I had joined to help me get ideas on a job search, starting to put together a resume, and so forth. Especially I was grateful that the person that helped me was actually the person who was the human resources manager at the factory I worked at before it closed down. So even though I didn't know the first thing I needed to put on a resume as related to what is (for all practical purposes) the only job I ever had, she was of course familiar with what I had done, and knew exactly what I needed to include on my resume. :-)

The second thing I am grateful for is that today I was able to have a couple small burritos that I enjoy to eat. It is, of course, a comparitively small thing, but it is precisely of such innumerable small things that we are so often blessed, and yet can easily overlook. So it's good to remember those as well. :-)

OK, don't know what else to write at the moment, so....Perhaps I'll have something later. lol.