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Posts by Mad Dawg

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  • Please Pray for my Father-in-Law

    08/26/2015 4:33:47 PM PDT · 52 of 74
    Mad Dawg to Kitty Mittens

    Of course.

  • Answering Those Who Say There Is Only One Mediator

    08/21/2015 7:46:57 AM PDT · 24 of 262
    Mad Dawg to Resolute Conservative

    To whom are they praying?
    FOR whom are they praying?

    Defs 3, 4, and 5.

  • Answering Those Who Say There Is Only One Mediator

    08/21/2015 7:44:42 AM PDT · 23 of 262
    Mad Dawg to Genoa; rjsimmon

    I don’t think the problem is that NO criticism or disagreement is allowed. The problem is the nature of the disagreement.

    Pope does not disagree with Scripture. Indeed, he cites a Pauline description of mediation of the Gospel and invites us to consider whether a preacher is a mediator.

    It’s not Scripture with which he disagrees but with a particular interpretation of Scripture which, in his opinion, contradicts Scripture itself. That much can be gained from reading the brief article.

    So, when a response suggests that he is inviting us to believe him RATHER THAN a scripture, that response is not, uh, responsive.

  • Answering Those Who Say There Is Only One Mediator

    08/21/2015 7:36:05 AM PDT · 19 of 262
    Mad Dawg to Resolute Conservative

    Whether the departed or alive is another question. It would SEEM that you will ask others to mediate for you. Is that correct?

  • Prayer thread - Mrs Don-o (update at 118)

    08/16/2015 8:23:27 AM PDT · 7 of 132
    Mad Dawg to don-o

    Prayers.

  • Purgatory

    08/12/2015 1:54:47 PM PDT · 41 of 67
    Mad Dawg to verga

    I’m so glad you got to do that!

  • Purgatory

    08/12/2015 1:53:05 PM PDT · 39 of 67
    Mad Dawg to Mercat

    Yay, Padre Pio!

    Time and space are subject to God, not He to them. So we cannot speak with certainty about before, after, then, or now when we speak about Him to whom all places are here and all times now.

    As to Chris or any we love, we know that God desires all to bexsaved and that he takes no pleasure in the death of those who do not turn and live.

    He knows what He’s doing.

  • Purgatory

    08/12/2015 1:13:02 PM PDT · 34 of 67
    Mad Dawg to Mr Rogers
    “Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” - John 6

    This interests me HUGELY.

    Clearly, Faith is a gift. At least in my life, it has always been there, in and around me, but not OF me or my doing.

    On the other hand, if the Psalmist implores God to “remember” his acts of old, it can’t be all that off base for me to remind myself to remember those same acts and on whom my salvation rests.

    Here’s a smart-alecky way to say it: The only thing I have to do is to remind myself that I don’t have to do anything. For me, I could almost summarize the entire Catholic and Dominican askesis as learning how to have the faith (and hope and charity) I already have. To pray, to study, to try to avoid killing the other members of chapter (that’s a joke, son) (at least I think it is), to proclaim, as my state of life permits, the Love ... these are about learning to hold still, to let the gift soak me.

    And that’s why Ezekiel’s vision and the Vidi Aquam (below) are so important to me.


    Vidi aquam egredientem de templo,
    a latere dextro, alleluia:
    et omnes, ad quos pervenit aqua ista,
    salvi facti sunt, et dicent, alleluia, alleluia.

    V. Confitemini Domino quoniam bonus:
    R. Quoniam in saeculum misericordia eius.

    V. Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto:
    R. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper,
    et in saecula sæculorum. Amen.
    ...
    I saw water coming forth from the temple
    on the right side, alleluia:
    and all those to whom this water came
    were saved, and shall say, alleluia, alleluia.

    V. Give praise to the Lord, for He is good:
    R. For His mercy endureth forever.

    V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost:
    R. As it was in the beginning, is now,
    and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


    As almost a trivial aside, since Purgation is not about forgiveness, our being already forgiven is not really relevant to the question. Nor is judgment.

    It's the fault of too many highly inadequate preachers and teachers that Purgation is made into a bug-a-boo and something scary and punitive. That's one reason I push the therapeutic metaphor. Having the lovely therapist try to yank my arm out of its socket was not a "punishment" for the torn ligament. It was a cure, a mercy, a gift. And since I had used the arm poorly, to come to be able to use it as it was made to be used involved some work, some pleasant things, and some painful things. But I, and everyone with me at the therapy shoppe, was cheerful and happy. We were getting better!

    On what ought we to work "under the Lord"?

  • Purgatory

    08/12/2015 12:34:51 PM PDT · 33 of 67
    Mad Dawg to Mercat

    Yes to the Purgatorio!

    I think our brethren say that we are made perfect in an instant by grace. And since we differ from them on things like time and space, to them that means there can be nothing for which an intervalmor a place would be appropriate language.

  • Purgatory

    08/12/2015 12:31:56 PM PDT · 32 of 67
    Mad Dawg to MARKUSPRIME

    It’s not in the Bible, directly, that there is NO purgation. Somebody interprets. That interpreter is not a Scriptural writer. So his interpretation is invalid, right?

  • Purgatory

    08/12/2015 10:43:31 AM PDT · 29 of 67
    Mad Dawg to Boogieman; Salvation
    As to getting out of or through Purgation "free," in a way that's trivial. The whole thing is free. "All the way to heaven is heaven," and heaven is free and unearned.

    I wear a white scapular, not with any particular benefit in mind but because I'm a Lay Dominican and that's what we wear ... or a scapular medal ('cause a bit of cloth nestled in my breast in the summer in Virginia is ... well, no.) . I don't sit around wringing my hands because I can't wear the Carmelite scapular.

    The article points out that praying for the dead seems to go way back. I generally pin my intercessory prayers on the proposition that the prayer of the righteous availeth much and that in Christ I am made righteous.

    But HOW prayers assist in Purgation is beyond me. And even bulls and visionsnto the contrary notwithstanding (and visions, locutions, apparitions, and the like are NEVER de fide ,) it is not clear that Purgation is in a place or for a duration.

    So it seems to me that the "bottom line" of wearing the brown scapular is that it is an appeal to Mary for the assistance of her prayers and an assertion that Mary's prayer avail much.

  • Purgatory

    08/12/2015 10:22:10 AM PDT · 27 of 67
    Mad Dawg to Mad Dawg
    Oops! Left out the sentence I liked!

    It is entirely correct to say that Christ accomplished all of our salvation for us on the cross. But that does not settle the question of how this redemption is applied to us.

  • Purgatory

    08/12/2015 10:16:04 AM PDT · 26 of 67
    Mad Dawg to Salvation
    This sentence alone is worth the price of admission. (Little joke there. ...)

    My world famous and soon to be a major motion picture talk on Purgatory compares it to physical therapy. It's true and regrettable, IMHO, that a lot of the language is either penal or monetary. But anyone who has ever dieted or exercised -- leave alone damaged a ligament -- almost naturally makes the leap from a "therapeutic" to an "accounting" metaphor. Last week's vacation must be "paid for" with this week's time on the elliptical or treadmill. This cupcake will cost me down the road.

    If, because of a wound, I have wounded myself further by favoring the injured member and asking too much of others to compensate, there will be labor and pain to restore strength and freedom of motion. But the whole process is "happy" because it is "toward" strength and freedom, and THOUGH one works, one experiences the healing as grace.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-08-15, M, St. Dominic, Priest

    08/08/2015 6:30:19 AM PDT · 21 of 38
    Mad Dawg to Salvation
    800 years ago St. Dominic founded the Order of Preachers.

    He and St. Francis, in their distinct ways, envisioned and tried to develop orders which contrasted with older orders in their poverty and active outreach.

    For me at least, an important difference between Dominicans and the earlier orders is an emphasis on cheerfulness and joviality. Adaptability is also a theme.

    The “pillars” and “charisms” of the order are prayer, study, community, and preaching. While prayer, and prayerful study are the foundational pillars, preaching or apostolate are distinctive. Though there are a very few Dominican hermits, the Second Order is made up of contemplative and enclosed nuns. But the special mission of those nuns is to pray for those who preach.

    So all the Dominican life is directed toward and crowned by evangelical work “in the world.”

    Like all orders, the Order of Preachers has periods of loss of focus and laxity. But so far these have always been followed by periods of reform, re-commitment, and energy. In this age in which the worship of Moloch has once again spread its foul stench, God is calling more and more men to the Dominican Order and life. We can hope and must pray that through them as through the entire Church the Joy of the Gospel and the Splendor of Truth are made known and set out as a remedy for the sins and sorrows of our time.

  • Prayer request for my bone scan

    08/07/2015 8:06:36 PM PDT · 94 of 107
    Mad Dawg to goodwithagun

    Well, praise God!

  • Access to heaven

    08/01/2015 7:16:42 PM PDT · 28 of 43
    Mad Dawg to metmom
    You said,He did not set up a special class of people.
    Paul seems to say he set up many special classes.

    You said, The Holy Spirit empowers ALL people to do His work in the world. Paul seems to say not every single person was equipped or called to every every part of his work.

    One post can't settle all question, any more than one member of the body can exercise all the functions of every other member.

    I won't be suckered this way. Either your claim about very member is relevant or it is not. IF it is relevant, I have brought up an objection. And if it is relevant, it might be good to address the objection.

    If it is NOT relevant, then why was it brought up?

  • Access to heaven

    08/01/2015 7:08:14 PM PDT · 27 of 43
    Mad Dawg to Iscool
    The assertion was made that the command to Go into the world and proclaim the Gospel to all was made to all.

    The text says it was made to the eleven.

    I did not post to address every possible question. I posted a text only, and tht text was fairly clear who was there when the command was given. Ths snake-handling and poison drinkking is another question, and a good one. But it is not the question of to whom the command was given.

  • Access to heaven

    08/01/2015 7:02:35 PM PDT · 26 of 43
    Mad Dawg to metmom

    That’s changing the subject. We can look at the line frome Apostles to bishops to priests at another point in the conversation. The assertion or implication was made that all the laity have all the offices and charisms. Paul says otherwise. That’s all this quote shows.

  • Access to heaven

    08/01/2015 6:15:33 PM PDT · 21 of 43
    Mad Dawg to ADSUM; metmom
    There is a problem, a gap so wide that we can hardly be heard across it. To ME, to say, as Msgr. Pope does (and you, and others do) that the Episkopos and Presbyteroi of the Church are priests in Christ's priesthood ... TO ME that makes perfect sense and is congruent with 1 Cor 12 and elsewhere.

    So WE would say, there is ONE Priest, even our Lord IHS XP, and the bishops and priests are priests in Him. It's not a multiplicity any more (or less) than any body is.

    But metmom, hearing us says this, says, more or less, "There is ONE priest." And we are left shaking our heads because we thought we just said that!

    (In this connection it's fun to do a word study on the phrase "in Christ" and related phrases like "in Him," or "in me" in the gospels and Paul.)

    In related news, while the various contending schools of dispensationalists are impressive in their scholarship and their certainty, they strike me (no offense meant to anyone) as tone-deaf to the questions of time and eternity, of a changeless God engaging with temporal creatures.

    So they cite a truly impressive array of verses and passages and,as it were, fold their arms and say,"Q.E.D." And yet I am almost completely unmoved and unpersuaded because, as far as I can see, they are imposing "enlightenment" and even materialist and empiricist categories in questions before which materialism and empiricism crumple.

    While the REAL, 8-cylinder, turbo-charged, fuel-injected gnostics accuse of of being crudely materialistic, a great many Protestants and other non-Catholics say we are "mystical." But it is philosophy baptized (I mean, philosophy perfected by revelation) that leads me to say that an unnoticed arbutus in an unbaptized land sings a song of praise to the Creator which only those who have been graced with the Spirit will understand (to some small extent) but which all those aware of their longing for something outside the world may, MAY, hear.

    To me personally and as a dilettante philosopher, the song of the flower which today is and tomorrow is not is a matter of grave importance when I, creeping on my knees, approach the throne of grace.

    To them some of what I just wrote is incomprehensible and the rest perilously mistaken. Conversation will not flow smoothly.

  • Access to heaven

    08/01/2015 5:40:15 PM PDT · 20 of 43
    Mad Dawg to Mom MD
    16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.
    17 And when they saw him they worshiped him; but some doubted.
    18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
    19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
    20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”
    (Mat 28:16-20 RSV)
  • Access to heaven

    08/01/2015 5:37:42 PM PDT · 19 of 43
    Mad Dawg to metmom
    27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
    28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, then healers, helpers, administrators, speakers in various kinds of tongues.
    29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?
    30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? (1Co 12:27-30 RSV)
  • Prayer Request for Freeper Goodwithagun

    07/29/2015 8:03:47 PM PDT · 49 of 96
    Mad Dawg to goodwithagun

    Prayers right now.

  • What is the source of the Church’s authority?

    07/29/2015 9:49:31 AM PDT · 187 of 241
    Mad Dawg to BlueDragon
    Without getting into the thread (life is short), I want to comment that I think this post is pretty good.

    Whether it's true I don't know, but “they” told me in seminary that one reason the conversation got started was to thread a path between the revulsion at the idea of eating flesh and drinking blood and the declarative sense of the “Words of Institution.”

    IMHO, a lot of the development of Catholic dogma is just like this. Initially the ideas are vague and evocative. The Fathers often strike me as poetic rather than “technical.” Then something comes up, and there's a controversy.

    Somebody says that Mary is the theotokos. Somebody else says,” You can't say that!” Things get ugly, so they call a council, and little by little the teaching is refined and detailed.

    So then the question of the reliability of councils arise. And here we are on Free Republic.

  • [Prayer Request] Having surgery tomorrow, Wed, 7/29 [update: 127]

    07/28/2015 7:40:39 PM PDT · 17 of 173
    Mad Dawg to upchuck

    Prayers right now.

  • [Prayer Request] Having surgery tomorrow, Wed, 7/29 [update: 127]

    07/28/2015 7:40:38 PM PDT · 16 of 173
    Mad Dawg to upchuck

    Prayers right now.

  • Prayers for My BIL with Cancer (Update at #98)

    07/27/2015 2:18:53 PM PDT · 113 of 137
    Mad Dawg to Bigg Red

    Wow! Continued prayers.

  • Introducing the Church Fathers

    07/24/2015 5:05:26 PM PDT · 3 of 13
    Mad Dawg to Salvation

    Very cool.

  • The Church, or Christ?

    07/24/2015 7:56:37 AM PDT · 7 of 79
    Mad Dawg to don-o
    I suppose the first thing to say is that the Church is the body of Christ. And bodies have “accidents.” And people DO tend to get disproportionately attached to the accidents. It's a common temptation.

    And there are some pretty spectacular accidents in the Catholic Church. The few times I've been to a big old Mass at the Basilica in DC I've been delighted by the different “religious” in their habits and by the diversity of ethnicities and whatnot. So I can see it.

    And then for seminarians I bet the sense of being on the “inside” can be intoxicating. “I must be hot stuff— look isn't that Cardinal So-and-so? He's the deputy assistant to the sub-prefect of the congregation of arcane stuff, you know.”

    I suppose some never recover from that infatuation.

  • This is Free Republic. We're on a mission from God.

    07/23/2015 6:56:10 PM PDT · 30 of 151
    Mad Dawg to Jim Robinson

    Boom. Right there.

  • How to Go to Heaven

    07/23/2015 5:43:20 PM PDT · 712 of 713
    Mad Dawg to MHGinTN

    The part about Purgatory and the confessional is not exactly right.

  • How to Go to Heaven

    07/23/2015 5:33:46 PM PDT · 710 of 713
    Mad Dawg to roamer_1

    And, as I say, their doing it wrong doesn’t mean we’re not doing it right. The beads are a timer, that’s all. What’s wrong with thinking for about 3-4 minutes apiece about moments in the life of Jesus or doctrines of the Church?

  • How to Go to Heaven

    07/23/2015 4:38:49 PM PDT · 699 of 713
    Mad Dawg to roamer_1

    What point are you making?

  • How to Go to Heaven

    07/23/2015 3:40:30 PM PDT · 683 of 713
    Mad Dawg to roamer_1

    By itself, that’s not an argument.

    Their getting it wrong does not, by itself, show that we aren’t getting it right.

  • How to Go to Heaven

    07/23/2015 1:07:03 PM PDT · 663 of 713
    Mad Dawg to metmom
    When I say the phrase, my first thought is this from the Articles of Religion of the C. of E.
    HOLY Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation: so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man, that it should be believed as an article of the Faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to salvation. In the name of the holy Scripture we do understand those Canonical Books of the Old and New Testament, of whose authority was never any doubt in the Church.
  • How to Go to Heaven

    07/23/2015 12:44:00 PM PDT · 651 of 713
    Mad Dawg to Elsie

    Get them pretenders to ‘fess up.

    It worked too. The number that confessed to using tu quoque fallacies in their dicourse was startling!

  • How to Go to Heaven

    07/23/2015 12:39:21 PM PDT · 645 of 713
    Mad Dawg to BlueDragon
    One of the first Dominican martyrs wrote “Credo in unum Deum,” with his blood on the ground, as he died at the hands of dualists.

    ___

    Just as I agree with the Nicene-Constantinopolitan (say THAT three times fast) Creed in its Trinitarian splendor, so also I agree with Ephesus and Chalcedon that Jesus is one person in two natures so Mary is properly called “Theotokos.”

    (In fact, in an analogous way, we in whom the Spirit dwells are also God bearers, one could say. )

    But she is forever a creature, so while I believe the destiny of all the saved is greater than we can imagine, she can never receive divine honors.

    The regal honors paid to the spouse or mother of the king are hers by courtesy, not by right. I think since we use “court” language about God, we should get to know the nuances.

    Worshippers of Ashtaroth may have thought she was “Queen of Heaven” by right. We “get” that Mary, full of grace, is not cannot be queen that way.
    ___

    To paraphrase Ps. 84, better a beggar by the door of the house of the Lord, than to dwell in the two-storey penthouse of wickedness.

  • How to Go to Heaven

    07/23/2015 10:04:11 AM PDT · 631 of 713
    Mad Dawg to af_vet_1981

    Thanks.

  • How to Go to Heaven

    07/23/2015 7:31:14 AM PDT · 614 of 713
    Mad Dawg to MHGinTN

    It’s odd to Sola Scriptura people, I guess. I think Sola Scriptura is an untenable position in its strict construction, so it’s not odd to me.

  • How to Go to Heaven

    07/23/2015 7:18:41 AM PDT · 611 of 713
    Mad Dawg to Elsie
    I don't know what purpose snark serves here. The “mysteries” of the Rosary are

    JOYFUL
    Annunciation
    Visitation
    Nativity
    Presentation
    Finding Jesus in the Temple

    LUMINOUS (added by JP2)
    Baptism
    Cana
    Preaching and Teaching
    Transfiguration
    Last Supper

    SORROWFUL
    Agony in the garden
    Scourging
    Crowning with thorns
    Carrying the Cross
    Crucifixion and Death

    GLORIOUS
    Resurrection
    Ascension
    Pentecost
    Assumption of B.V.M.
    Coronation of B.V.M. I have found the luminous mysteries to be very rich.

  • How to Go to Heaven

    07/23/2015 7:08:40 AM PDT · 608 of 713
    Mad Dawg to Elsie; HossB86
    Well, bearing in mind that “pray” is equivocal, yeah, sorta kinda. The actual text of the Ave concludes with, “Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.” So it certainly is literally a request for prayers.

    I don't ask for particular stuff, or very rarely. It's more like I'm saying, “Holy Trinity, Mary: I'm spending this time meaning to be with you, purposefully and consciously, and so-and-so is on my mind, as I know you know.”

    As for why not just an “Ave Iesu,” why do we not ask Jesus for directions to the nearest Piggly Wiggly? Why do we ask for one another’s prayers? Why do we want to spend time with wise and good people? To me, praying a Rosary is partially, in some respects, not only spending time with Mary but praying with her, being with God with her.

    “Prayer” is, as I said, a word with more than one meaning. It's more than asking for stuff. But twice now, when I have conducted campaigns of prayer for them, two people who said, angrily, that they were atheists have contacted me and said they had come to believe and were praying. That got my attention.

    I don't like to say, “Prayer works,” or “Prayer is powerful.” To me it's like a beggar saying, “Begging works,” when I think the more important thing is the generosity of his donors. But I still pray.

  • How to Go to Heaven

    07/23/2015 6:30:40 AM PDT · 593 of 713
    Mad Dawg to Elsie
    Two complete ones, complete down to the "made in China" stickers, were handed to St. Dominic and St. Catherine of Siena at the same time. Mary gave one to Dominic. Infant Jesus gave one to Catherine

    No. Really. Somewhere I have a photo.

  • How to Go to Heaven

    07/23/2015 4:38:21 AM PDT · 553 of 713
    Mad Dawg to daniel1212

    To be brutally brief, one important difference between VatII and this would be that this would be only about understanding difficult differences. I have nothing like reaching a conclusion in mind.

    Also, I do not think the kind of Catholic who would be of any use in this conference would be so stupid as to call on the intercession of the saints in any plenary gayhering5.

  • Cruz pushes retention elections for Supreme Court justices ["very definition of tyranny"]

    07/22/2015 5:54:22 PM PDT · 8 of 36
    Mad Dawg to markomalley

    I say:

    In the presidential election following the 12th year of the justice’s being seated and every 12 years thereafter,

    40% of the voters concurring, the justice remains on the court.

  • How to Go to Heaven

    07/22/2015 5:23:13 PM PDT · 506 of 713
    Mad Dawg to usconservative; daniel1212
    To me, daniel1212’s learned posts demonstrate the limitations of this medium.

    I've hinted in this and other threads that the differences between Catholics and some Protestants are VERY deep and extensive. To me this means, functionally, that I cannot give daniel1212’s expositions the respect they deserve. What they require, IMHO, is for us to schedule TWO (at least) three day conferences, a year apart. Papers by the presenters would be sent out a month in advance, so that the presentations would be about clarifications and questions.

    THEN, The Protestants and the Catholics would caucus — maybe the evening of the second day, and try to identify that disagreement — you know the kind — which leads members of each side to say to one another, “Did you catch that? There they go again!” The last day would be winnowing these “objections” down to maybe two or three per side.

    Then the next years conference would be about those questions.

    The fiercest Anti-Catholics to the contrary notwithstanding (and not a few fierce Anti-Protestants too), I seriously believe that most of us were indeed made to drink of the same spirit. So I think I would benefit from listening to and praying with Xtians who disagreed with me so much that many thought I wasn't fit to be called Xtian.

    It is said that those who seek will find. It would be awesome to seek together.

  • How to Go to Heaven

    07/22/2015 4:44:28 PM PDT · 502 of 713
    Mad Dawg to roamer_1

    LOL!

    Long ago in the New Yorker there was a cartoon of a very drunk man in a toga with a jar of wine by him and a cup in his hand.

    He was saying,

    “Give me a lever and a place to stand, and I’ll move the world.”

  • How to Go to Heaven

    07/22/2015 4:40:31 PM PDT · 501 of 713
    Mad Dawg to HossB86
    Well, we'd say (loosely speaking) meditation is a kind of prayer.

    They SAY that the development of the Rosary was at least partially influenced by wanting to give illiterate people a way to share in the devotions of the literate monks for whom the psalms were (and are) a major feature of daily prayer. So the structure formed up around 15 mysteries getting 10 Aves apiece == 150 — as many Hail Marys as psalms. St. J2P2 the Great broke that connection when he proposed 5 new mysteries.

    My next free lecture will be on Lectio Divina, or how (some) Catholics read the Bible.

    The prayer of a righteous D00d or Doodette availeth much.

  • How to Go to Heaven

    07/22/2015 2:56:50 PM PDT · 494 of 713
    Mad Dawg to HossB86

    How does the Rosary incorporate Mary into prayer?

    I’m not sure I understand the question. We ask for her prayers. We speak words of praise to her and ask her, “et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui, nobis post hoc exsilium, ostende.” [And, after our exile, show us Jesus, the blessed fruit of your womb.]

    But the soul of the Rosary is “meditation” on 20 different topics,(in groups of 5) the “mysteries.” And how people meditate is an individual matter. The last time I meditated on the Annunciation, for example, I thought mostly about the wonder of the “rational animal” and life beginning at conception.

    I hope that’s kind of responsive.

  • How to Go to Heaven

    07/22/2015 1:53:35 PM PDT · 482 of 713
    Mad Dawg to Elsie

    It’s been moistish in central Virginia. Usually pretty dry in August though ...

  • How to Go to Heaven

    07/22/2015 1:49:51 PM PDT · 481 of 713
    Mad Dawg to Elsie

    White scapulars for lay Dominicans. Just ‘cause.

  • How to Go to Heaven

    07/22/2015 1:43:48 PM PDT · 479 of 713
    Mad Dawg to roamer_1; Elsie

    I know, I know. After the first six pack I generally attempt the unmoved mover argument. Second six pack, and it’s Anselm.

    How can a man look on this and not be changed? Elsie could probably handle it though.