What the Phillies can teach us about Indulgences

The Philadelphia Phillies have just won the 2008 World Series. I had nothing to do with it — heck, I haven’t really followed the team during the regular season since the days of Del Unser — and yet I’m very happy right now.

That’s a good analogy for indulgences. Somebody else does a great deal of work, and I, through some simple act (prayer in one case, watching TV in the other) get some of the benefit.

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Entire Wing of Anglicans to Leave Church of England

The Rev. Rod Thomas was speaking to the annual conference of the Reform movement in London this week. Thomas said that at least twenty-five parishes, representing up to 3000 practising Anglicans in the UK, are already seeking alternate oversight from bishops not associated with the ultra-liberal theological trends that dominate the Church of England.

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If they’re looking for good, authentic Christian teaching and a Bishop who’s not associated with “ultra-liberal theological trends,” here’s a good Bishop to put themselves under:

Papal Blog?

The Synod of Bishops on the Bible heard an unusual suggestion Tuesday morning when a Hong Kong observer asked Pope Benedict to start up his own daily blog on Scripture.

Agnes Kam Leng Lam, president of the Catholic Biblical Association of Hong Kong, said people need to experience Scripture in small but significant doses.

Jeff at The Curt Jester comments:

Now Pontifications is already take up by a couple of bloggers so what would be the name of the Pope’s blog?

* On This Rock
* Papal Bull
* Pontifix Blogimus
* Straight Dope from the Pope
* InstaPapal
* Peter #266
* Supreme Blogger of the Universal Church
* It’s good to be the Pope!
* Mass Communication
* or of course “German Shephard”
* but it will certainly not be “Red Shoe Diary”

Denzingers would have to start compiling official papal blog posts.

Now what type of syndication would the blog use? RSS 2.0 or ATOM and Eve?

What Content Management System (CMS) would he use. Now Movable Type could be appropriate since the first thing printed on a movable type press was the Bible. Though a scripture blog might use WordPress or WordOfGodPress.

And I love this picture he posted:

Good Advice

1. Pray
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
4. Say No to projects that won’t fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don’t lump the hard things all together.
10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concerns . If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety . If you can’t do anything about a situation, forget it.
12. Live within your budget; don’t use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.
16. Carry an inspirational book and/or the Bible with you to read while waiting in line.
17. Get enough rest.
18. Eat right.
19 Get organized so everything has its place.
20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.
21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don’t wait until it’s time to go to bed to try and pray.
24. Make friends with Godly people.
25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good ‘Thank you Jesus .’
27. Laugh.
28. Laugh some more!
29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
32. Sit on your ego.
33 Talk less; listen more.
34. Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
36 Every night before bed, think of one thing you’re grateful for that you’ve never been grateful for before.
GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU.

‘If God is for us, who can be against us?’
(Romans 8:31)

Science and our Existence

Does God Exist? provides a list of scientific values that if changed in value would result in life on Earth not existing. There’s a number I hadn’t seen before and a number I don’t know enough science to comment.

I find these lists interesting but not dispositive. They really don’t prove God’s existence the way some people who use them claim. They’re still cool, though, since they show how fragile life can be and how our mere existence is a miracle in and of itself.

Hat Tip: Steve Ray