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A story from ancient Egypt tells how the god Thoth invented a new way of helping people learn and remember things, a system called writing. Thoth explained his invention to the king of Egypt; but the king was not impressed. He said the invention was liable to make people lazy in trying to remember things; that they would start to rely on written things instead of thinking for themselves. Worst of all, it would allow people to appear learned, rather than actually being learned. Written things need the help of the author to explain them, the human touch.
Although this is just an ancient myth, it still has some valid points to make. First, we learn from other people. Books are written by other people; they don’t appear out of the blue or fall out of the sky. And second, we learn better from human contact in teaching, even when books are involved – what the ancient Greek philosopher Plato called “the animated speech of a knowledgeable person.” Even then, although the person might have knowledge, they also need the gift of passing on that knowledge, of helping others become keen to learn, and setting people on fire with a love of that subject. And with the invention of the printing press in the fifteenth century, some of the Egyptian king’s misgivings came true. People sometimes mistook the book for learning or wisdom itself. Sometimes they thought that simply by reading or quoting that they would become learned, and so they neglected the need for understanding, for teaching and for interpretation to bring the written word to life. Continue reading →
ProLifeCorner- Today begins the second week of Advent. Many of us have seen the wreath with four candles that appear in many churches and homes across our country.
Many Christians look forward to the Advent season although some have no knowledge at all of what Advent is all about. We present this article in the hope that it will give us a better understanding of this beautiful practice leading us to the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Advent is the preparatory season leading up to Christmas. Themes of readiness, watchfulness and anticipation mark these days of penitential and austere preparation before Christmas. The purpose of Advent is to prepare us for a deep, personal, life-changing, world-shaking encounter with Christ this Christmas. Continue reading →
If we refuse to be ruled by God and his laws, then God will allow us to be ruled by tyrants.
It is very difficult not to think about the evil in the world today. My wife Chris and I have spent the better part of the last 30 years talking about the evils of abortion. 9/11 bought a new form of terrorism into all of our lives. Often when I write of abortion, promiscuity, apathy, and the selfishness of the world I sometimes feel like the little brother who is pointing a finger at a sibling and crying out what he or she is doing wrong. I’ve even been told that I’m good at pointing out the problem, followed by “how about giving us some solutions.” In this article, once again, I will not be able to offer any solutions, but thanks to a recent homily by Pastor Timothy Barr we might have a better sense of direction. Continue reading →
ProLifeCorner.com – 10-7-2013 – by Staff – Following is an article on FoxNews.com that should chill the blood of all Christians because it is a blatant attack on our religious freedom. First we have had to fight the government controlled health care program, (Obamacare) because of our being forced to pay for abortions. Now we are seeing how one freedom threatened is leading to other freedoms being threatened. If Catholic priests are facing arrest for celebrating Mass or Baptisms, when will Protestant pastors be forced to endure the same treatment? Are other faiths, Judaism or Islam, being subjected to this attack on religious freedoms? Please read this article and share it with as many as you can. Continue reading →
ProLifeCorner.com- Advent is the preparatory season leading up to Christmas. Themes of readiness, watchfulness and anticipation mark these days of penitential and austere preparation before Christmas. The purpose of Advent is to prepare us for a deep, personal, life-changing, world-shaking encounter with Christ this Christmas. Continue reading →
Rockford, Il – (ProLifeCornerl.com) – 9-22-2012 – by Rockford Pro-Life Initiative – Thanks Be To God For Rockford Being Abortion Free For One Year-Fr. Steve Sabo will celebrate Mass at St. Peter (South Beloit) at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 29. Intercessory prayers for the respect life cause and in thanksgiving for the closing of the Rockford abortion will be offered. Continue reading →