The Reproaches

O my people, what have I done to you?
How have I hurt you? Answer me.

O my people, what have I done to you?
How have I hurt you? Answer me.

I led you out of Egypt,
From slavery I set you free.
I brought you into a land of promise:
You have prepared a cross for me.

I led you as a shepherd,
I brought you dryshod through the sea;
I fed you manna in the desert
You have prepared a cross for me.

I fought for you in battles,
I won you strength and victory;
Gave you a royal crown and sceptre:
You have prepared a cross for me.

I planted you, my vineyard,
And cared for you most tenderly;
Looked for abundant fruit and found none:
Only the cross you made for me.

Then listen to my pleading
And do not turn away from me.
You are my people: will you reject me?
For you I suffer bitterly.

The Privilege Meme

My Privileges
A very interesting meme.
From What Privileges Do You Have?, based on an exercise about class and privilege developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University. If you participate in this blog game, they ask that you PLEASE acknowledge their copyright.

Bold the true statements.

1. Father went to college

2. Father finished college

3. Mother went to college

4. Mother finished college

5. Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor.

6. Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers.

7. Had more than 50 books in your childhood home.

8. Had more than 500 books in your childhood home.

9. Were read children’s books by a parent

10. Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18

11. Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18

12. The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively

13. Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18

14. Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs

15. Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs
(Note on two above: I had a full ride scholarship.)

16. Went to a private high school

17. Went to summer camp

18. Had a private tutor before you turned 18

19. Family vacations involved staying at hotels
(50-50: We usually visited family on vacations so no hotel necessary. But hotels were present on non-family trips.)

20. Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18

21. Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them

22. There was original art in your house when you were a child

23. You and your family lived in a single-family house

24. Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home

25. You had your own room as a child
(Only child.)

26. You had a phone in your room before you turned 18

27. Participated in a SAT/ACT prep course

28. Had your own TV in your room in high school

29. Owned a mutual fund or IRA in high school or college

30. Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16

31. Went on a cruise with your family

32. Went on more than one cruise with your family

33. Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up

34. You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family

Hat Tip: Duffy

I’m a Lawful Good Human Cleric

I Am A: Lawful Good Human Cleric (3rd Level)

Ability Scores:

Lawful Good A lawful good character acts as a good person is expected or required to act. He combines a commitment to oppose evil with the discipline to fight relentlessly. He tells the truth, keeps his word, helps those in need, and speaks out against injustice. A lawful good character hates to see the guilty go unpunished. Lawful good is the best alignment you can be because it combines honor and compassion. However, lawful good can be a dangerous alignment because it restricts freedom and criminalizes self-interest.

Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Clerics act as intermediaries between the earthly and the divine (or infernal) worlds. A good cleric helps those in need, while an evil cleric seeks to spread his patron’s vision of evil across the world. All clerics can heal wounds and bring people back from the brink of death, and powerful clerics can even raise the dead. Likewise, all clerics have authority over undead creatures, and they can turn away or even destroy these creatures. Clerics are trained in the use of simple weapons, and can use all forms of armor and shields without penalty, since armor does not interfere with the casting of divine spells. In addition to his normal complement of spells, every cleric chooses to focus on two of his deity’s domains. These domains grants the cleric special powers, and give him access to spells that he might otherwise never learn. A cleric’s Wisdom score should be high, since this determines the maximum spell level that he can cast.

Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

Hat Tip: Duffy

Good Friday

It’s common to remember in our remembrances of Jesus’ death that He died for our sins, but I think that’s incomplete. He didn’t just die for our sins, making atonement for them; he also died because of our sins. Through the Fall, we separated ourselves from God, by choosing our desires above His Will for us. We put our own desire for safety and security above his command to us.

So, we messed up God’s plan. We should have been walking with Him in the Garden of Eden and instead we ended up banished from the Garden in desperate need of a savior if we were to not only regain our Heavenly homeland and unity with God, but to keep from sinking ourselves further and further into violence and despair.

It should be indisputable that, whether one accepts Christianity or not, Christianity has been a positive force in the world. Just compare the ritual human sacrifices that were commonplace in cultures all over the world prior to Christianity’s spread. Even though war is too common nowadays, rights of combatants and civilians are acknowledged now, as compared to the common practices of widespread slaughter, enslavement or rape as used to be inflicted on the losers of conflict. While those still happen, they are far less common than they used to be. And, these changes came through Christianity; it came only because of Christ.

Without Christ, we would still deny rights to those outside our immediate family; women would be second-class citizens subject to the will and desires of men; might would make right; the world would be a place devoid of hope.

It’s an irony that those most likely to deny the reality of sin are also the most likely to get angry, sometimes violently so, at the actions and opinions of those who disagree. Look at the secular Left today; often denying that sin exists, most of the anger and hatred in today’s political debates come from them. If sin doesn’t exist, what are they so angry at? It’s no surprise this anger and hatred comes from the segment of our society that most vehemently denied not only Christ, but even the need for a Savior.

He suffered and died not only that our sins might be forgiven, but that we might avoid new sins. The wonder of the Crucifixion isn’t just that it wiped away our sins, but that it is the source of the Grace we receive from God to avoid committing sins to begin with. The Crucifixion is the “power source” that makes possible the sacraments, through which we receive the strength and grace to avoid sins, if only we make use of them.

So, there’s still work for us to do; sin is far too common in our world and in our lives. Indeed, every time we sin, we add to Jesus’ sufferings on the Cross and in his Passion. Indeed, Christ’s Agony in the Garden wasn’t merely fear as to the Passion and Death He was about the undergo; he was actually experiencing every sin we ever committed or would commit. This is why Catholics show the corpus on our Crucifixes; it’s to remind us of the pain we cause Him when we sin. After all, as we see in the Book of Revelation, His sacrifice is still continuing in Heaven to this day. It’s also a reminder that, like Paul, we “preach Christ crucified.” It’s not the wood of the cross that saved us; it’s the person hanging on it. Every time we view the crucifix, we should remember what we do to Christ when we sin.

So, while we rightly remember all that He did for us this day, we should also remember what we did, and do, to Him.

How Get Smart Changed Television

How Maxwell Smart and His Shoe-Phone Changed TV –

An evil organization sends a masked figure onto America’s TV airwaves to issue a dire threat. If its wishes are not complied with, the terror group warns, it will unleash a chemical that can dry up water supplies. At the end of the announcement, the terrorist reveals his name and affiliation: “This is Mark Danderfield speaking for KAOS Incorporated — a Delaware corporation.”

Part of me is looking forward to the movie with hilarious Steve Carell and the absolutely beautiful Anne Hathaway. The other part of me is convinced it’s going to horrible and is therefore terrified of seeing it.