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And a nice story. The local Catholics had a “Disabilities Awareness Mass.” Matthew 25:40 and Matthew 18:3 come to mind.

Well, after I Googled them.

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1. lauraw - October 20, 2008

“I am the Wizard of Fire. I can Fly.”

I apologize to everyone, for everything, for all time

2. daveintexas - October 20, 2008

heh

3. xbradtc - October 20, 2008

Skinbad, I think it was so nice that you got to meet the Cardinal…

4. skinbad - October 20, 2008

Not me. I have to stay home to keep an eye on the wives. Those bonnets aren’t going to sew themselves you know.

5. BrewFan - October 20, 2008

skinbad, another verse comes to mind; “But God is faithful, and he will not allow you to be tempted beyond your strength. Instead, along with the temptation he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to endure it.”

Michael? Eat me!

6. Dave in Texas - October 20, 2008

that reminded me of the best advice I ever got from one of my pastors.

7. eddiebear - October 20, 2008

Catholics in Utah? Man, we really are everywhere!

8. Michael - October 20, 2008

#6

Your pastor said “Dave, eat me”?

9. Dave in Texas - October 20, 2008

no, he said “throw away those goddam golf clubs”

10. kevlarchick - October 20, 2008

Catholics also have a Mass that blesses animals–the Feast of St Francis of Assisi. This year it was October 5. At Franciscan parishes, the animals actually process into the church to the altar, and are blessed there.

Yes, there is more to life than politics. Thanks for this post, skinny.

11. Cathy - October 20, 2008

Great story. Thanks Skinny.

I like this one:

In Christ, there is no difference between Jew and Greek, slave and free person, male and female. You are all the same in Christ Jesus. You belong to Christ, so you are Abraham’s descendants. You will inherit all of God’s blessings because of the promise God made to Abraham. Galatians 3:28-29

12. sandy burger - October 20, 2008

Each person is gifted with God-given talents and skills that should be used to honor God, the Most Rev. Wester said.

So, the disabled are given encouragement and love, but they’re also reminded that they still have a duty to serve God. Very Catholic. ๐Ÿ™‚

13. Michael - October 20, 2008

Yes, the disabled have a duty to serve God.

We had a profoundly disabled MS kid in our family, my nephew Joel. I did the legal work for his adoption. Joel is dead now, but he was a delight to many of us while he lived here.

Joel had a duty to serve. I figure Joel’s ministry among us was to teach us the value of unconditional love, and the importance of every human life.

John 9:1 As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth.

2And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?”

At the time, blindness from birth was likely caused by a mother with syphilis, so the question was sincere. A blind man was probably the product of immoral parents, and thus bore a stigma. The disciples assumed that blindness was a consequence of sin, and wanted to know who should be blamed.

3Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

Jesus then cured the blind man.

That’s sorta how I feel about Joel. He was never cured, but during his short life, the works of God were displayed in him.

14. Cathy - October 20, 2008

OK — Here’s some good stuff from 1 Corinthians 12.

The body is a unit, thought it is made up of many parts… they form one body. So it is with Christ (Christ’s body, the Church)… We… whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free are all one (body). …God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. …The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unrepresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.

I love that it mentions the parts of the body that require special modesty and special honor. I think that applies to this story that Skinbad is sharing.

15. Michael - October 20, 2008

I love that it mentions the parts of the body that require special modesty and special honor.

I guess that means that parts of the body like Brewfan, i.e., assholes, deserve special honor because they are not presentable. After all, the (Lutheran) head cannot say to the asshole, “I don’t need you!”

I’m not entirely on board with your point, Cathy.

16. Cathy - October 20, 2008

Iโ€™m not entirely on board with your point, Cathy.

*no surprise*

17. Mrs. Peel - October 20, 2008

Did you know that topologically, a human is equivalent to a straw?

I dunno, the head/asshole thing just made me think of that.

18. Wickedpinto - October 21, 2008

One question,

Were Michael and Cathy in the same room at any point while they were putting up those comments? ๐Ÿ™‚

19. geoff - October 21, 2008

Did you know that topologically, a human is equivalent to a straw?

I’ll have to show my Inside Out video, where they show you how to invert a sphere. It’s way cool. In fact, if you shoot me your address I’ll loan it to you (it’s on VHS, though).

20. Sobek - October 21, 2008

What the heck just happened to the Broncos?

21. geoff - October 21, 2008

I couldn’t bear to watch. Particularly against the Patriots.

22. Sobek - October 21, 2008

I did know that about topography, from a book called Flatterland. It’s a pseudo-sequel to, and inferior in every way to, the book Flatland, which manages to combine math and religion in the most fascinating and unexpected way.

23. Wickedpinto - October 21, 2008

Is this the real geoff? or the fake geoff?

24. geoff - October 21, 2008

I believe that topography and topology are quite different. I never understood the point of topology until I saw Inside Out and realized that it was really the study of mapping from one geometry to another. I wrote up a PowerPoint presentation many years ago to serve as an introduction to the video, so that people would get the point, but, ummm, somehow nobody ever really wanted to look at it.

Sigh.

25. geoff - October 21, 2008

Hey, I even logged into WordPress this time.

26. Sobek - October 21, 2008

Does the video have boobs or gratuitous violence?

27. geoff - October 21, 2008

Does the video have boobs or gratuitous violence?

No, but you are playing to the strengths of my DVD library.

28. BrewFan - October 21, 2008

I guess that means that parts of the body like Brewfan, i.e., assholes, deserve special honor because they are not presentable. After all, the (Lutheran) head cannot say to the asshole, โ€œI donโ€™t need you!โ€

I admit it, that made me laugh.

29. Mrs. Peel - October 21, 2008

if you shoot me your address

Oh, I don’t think so, bud. You just want to know where to send that enormous ceramic novelty turtle you picked up in California. Not gonna happen!

(also, I don’t have a VCR)

Sobek, Flatland is indeed quite thought-provoking. There’s an illustrated version on Project Gutenberg (which means free download), I think. That’s where I read it.

30. geoff - October 21, 2008

I have a book called Planiverse which tries to figure out how devices in a 2D world would work. Hinges, doors, houses, boats, etc. It’s written as the tale of the travels of a Sufi mystic, but I didn’t read any of that – I just skipped ahead to look at the sketches of the various devices.

also, I donโ€™t have a VCR

Someday I’ll have to figure out how to burn it to a DVD. And the turtle wasn’t that big.

31. A VCR - October 21, 2008

Hey, what did I ever do to you?

32. Sobek - October 21, 2008

“No, but you are playing to the strengths of my DVD library.”

I think I may have found the basic problem, here.

I loaned my copy of Flatland to my brother and he left it on his dashboard during the summer, so all the glue in the binding melted.

33. Cathy - October 21, 2008

I loaned my copy of Flatland to my brother and he left it on his dashboard during the summer, so all the glue in the binding melted.

Sorry ’bout that, Sobek. I refrain from loaning books or vids I plan to keep. Realized I’d rather give them away than expect to get them back in a timely manner or decent condition.

Today’s big project at the Barcelona house: Cull through 2 dozen plus boxes of books identifying the treasured-keepers, the Half-Price-take-ins and church-rummage-sale-candidates.

*makes another cup of coffee*heads for the garage*groan*

34. composmentis - October 21, 2008

โ€œI am the Wizard of Fire. I can Fly.โ€

You are an evil, sarcastic, funny broad, lw. May the powers of the universe have mercy on your soul for that little bit of brilliant wickedness, and mercy on mine for finding it so amusing.

35. Cathy - October 21, 2008

^ Glad you got that one, compos.

That Wizard of Fire flew right over my pretty little head.

36. Cathy - October 21, 2008

*noodles on Wizard of Fire while culling 2 dozen boxes of books in garage*

37. Cathy - October 21, 2008

*opened box in garage*GLAR*got it!*

btw – Luther thought and said worse, Lauraw.

38. composmentis - October 21, 2008

I think you’re trying to put too much into it Cathy. Its brilliance is also in its simplicity. Take away the caption for a moment.

On the left we have the bright red costume, the staff, his expression, and our assumption that he wouldn’t be freakin’ mean to a special needs person.

On the right we have his expression and our assumption that he’s sweet, innocent, and probably gullible.

Change the character on the left into someone who takes joy in being mean to retards those less cognitively adept and I’m laughing my ass off.

39. composmentis - October 21, 2008

Was I being obtuse?

40. Cathy - October 21, 2008

Compos – U no obtuse.

Me myopic… couldn’t see the cardinal for the trees.

41. lauraw - October 21, 2008

Making folks laugh is well worth the whole tradeoff where I’m kind of a jerk.

Thanks for the good words, hon.

42. Cathy - October 21, 2008

It’s culling in a day’s work

26+ boxes tackled

8 boxes going to Half-Price Books
4 boxes going to the church
2 basically trash

… leaving12 as “precious treasures”
*um*more discipline required*beer would help*

43. sandy burger - October 21, 2008

If the book is available from amazon.com, I usually get rid of it when I’m done reading it.

I tell myself that I’m not actually throwing it away; I’m just sending it to my virtual long-term storage unit which I’ll pay for if and when I retrieve the book.

44. Sobek - October 21, 2008

I never get rid of books, because they have my notes in the margins. And when I want to dig out some information so I can argue with people on the internet, I don’t want to have to wait for Amazon to send me a copy.

45. Cathy - October 21, 2008

Sobek. I’m like you, but my habit is causing… space problems.

So I let go of 8 boxes, made about $64 in the process, turned around and spent about $33 of that on 4 books on travel and adventure that I know I will read and refer to.

One of the books is about journeys to take before you die… adventurous ideas. Some are similar to trips we’ve already have done. Some I’d never thought of. Hey! Even if I never set foot out the door again, the book itself can offer the journey in my mind. I sense we’ll use it to get some ideas for more creative travel in the years to come.

46. Sobek - October 21, 2008

“…the book itself can offer the journey in my mind.”

I’ve been all over the Middle East and Central Asia time and time again. Right now I’m in Crusader-era Syria. One of these days I’ll do it for real.

And I’ll go with Muslihoon, so we can talk about you guys behind your backs in languages you’ve never even heard of.


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