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For part one, click here

Here’s where I left you:

Ok — so it appears that the Yeti worldview is fear-based, and has the effect of making the world smaller.

Before we consider any comparison between this and the Judeo-Christian “thing,” we should keep in mind that the film sets the Stonekeeper’s doctrine against a parallel (though less explored) worldview — namely, that of contemporary Western society.

I would argue that the two bear greater similarity to each other than does either to the Judeo-Christian worldview.

This is important, because there is a temptation to make the modern perspective the standard against which the “small world” of the Yetis is measured.  But if we do this, we are acting out of step with the film itself — Continue Reading »

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[NOTE: Some spoilers follow.]

So look up at the sky in any kind of weather, and imagine you are looking at the hind quarters of the great Sky Yak out of whose butt your remotest ancestors fell.

That’s what’s up above.  Below, the base of your home rests upon Continue Reading »

Not an easy time to be Catholic right now.

Then again, when was it ever? (And if you answer with “the Middle Ages,” I will be happy to point out, among other things: 1) the Albigensian spiritual of the twelfth, thirteenth, and fourteenth centuries; 2) the encroachment of secular nobility on Church prerogatives; and 3) the ecclesial corruption satirized in the General Prologue to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.)

I still remember when the first wave of priestly sex abuse/coverup hit the news back in 2002.  At the time I was 17 years old Continue Reading »

Well, it’s September.

For many of us, it’s back-to-school season.  I am sure of there being more than one teacher — and perhaps an especially astute student or so as well — who can perceive a sort of sick humor in the situation of Labor Day at the beginning of the month.

It’s as if the Genius of the Calendar, not content with Continue Reading »

St_Maria_Sehnde_Gottesdienst

Someone recently asked me about whether or not one had to pray in a church setting in order to be a good person, as opposed, for example, to private prayer in one’s own home.

My response was that the answer to this question Continue Reading »

Stjohn-nativity

Today the Church celebrates the birth of St. John the Baptist, the last prophet of the Old Law and forerunner of Christ.

I don’t have much very much to say about this — if you want more information, go to today’s Mass readings; they’ll tell you everything you need to know.

But I did want to point out that it’s no accident that this observance falls so close to the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.  Here we have, as it were, a fulfillment of the Baptist’s own words:

He must increase; I must decrease.

-John 3:30

Accordingly, over the next several months we will see the days grow gradually shorter.  This period will terminate with the winter solstice, which falls right around the Church’s observance of another Nativity.

Do I really need to tell you what that is?

We’ve all heard that time-honored saying about the night being darkest just before the dawn.  After the coming of the Light from on high is celebrated in the Church, the days grow gradually longer and brighter.

That’s all for now.  Have a nice evening!

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