A Christian Context
A small group of self-styled linguists have compiled a list of so-called "brilliant new words" which they believe should be added to our present-day vocabulary. Included among them is the term "Nonversation" -- which simply means a completely useless conversation. Also suggested is the familiar-sounding "Cellfish," only in this case spelled C-E-L-L. The authors offered that brilliant new word to describe any person who carries on an obnoxiously-loud phone conversation, in a public place. Also on the list is the hybrid "Chairdrobe," which, as you probably guessed is a chair used instead of a closet for hanging clothes -- and should not be confused with the dreaded "Floordrobe" -- a messy situation which every parent of a teen is no doubt familiar with. The list also includes the word "Youniverse" -- which is spelled Y-O-U -- providing a handy label for those who think they are the center of the traditional spelling of that word! And finally, we have "Unlightening," which is defined as a process of learning something that actually makes you feel dumber!
With an estimated 1 million words in the English language, we may wonder why we need any new words at all -- brilliant or otherwise. And with so many choices, the average adult vocabulary ranges somewhere between an impressive twenty-five and thirty-five thousand words. The etymologists among us may be interested to learn that the largest English language dictionary in existence devotes more than 10,000 words just to the word "think" -- defining it in its various contexts. Of course the context in which a word is used is essential to its meaning. For example, the word "strike" means one thing on the sports page and another on the business page. "Dribble" refers to one thing on the basketball court and quite another to the mother of an infant. Everything derives its meaning from what precedes, what follows and what surrounds it -- that is to say, from its context. Nothing under the sun exists entirely unto itself. "No man is an island," the poet John Donne wrote. Only by seeing ourselves in the full context [...]
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A Christian Context
Jul 05, 2015
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Scripture : Mark 6:2
Jul 19, 2015
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Scripture : Mark 6:31
Blue Plate Special
Aug 02, 2015
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Scripture : John 6:35
Dancing On Air
Aug 16, 2015
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Scripture : John 6:58
Big Hair And Leisure Suits
Aug 30, 2015
Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Scripture : Mark 7:6
Blood, Sweat And Tears
Jul 12, 2015
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Scripture : Mark 6:7
More Than One Way To Cook Lasagna
Jul 26, 2015
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Scripture : John 6:14
Now That's Remarkable!
Aug 09, 2015
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Scripture : John 6:44
Don't Treat Me Like A Potato!
Aug 23, 2015
Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
Scripture : John 6:60
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Money-sickness, Greed, Worry
“For the love of money is the root of all sort of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith…” (I Timothy 6:10). Psychiatrist Karl Menninger once asked a very wealthy patient, “What are you going to do with all your money?” The patient replied, “Just worry about it, I guess.” “In that case” said the doctor, “do you experience much pleasure out of worrying about your money.” With a heavy sigh, the patient answered, “No, but I feel such terror when I think of giving any of it away.” Commenting on his patient’s money-sickness, Doctor Menninger said, “Generous people are rarely mentally ill!”
Father and Daughter
All eyes were on the radiant bride as her father escorted her down the Church aisle. When they arrived at the altar and stood waiting for the groom to step forward, the bride kissed her father and placed something in his hand. Whereupon, ripples of laughter could be heard coming from the guests in the front pews. Even the minister began to chuckle. It seems that as the father gave his daughter away, she gave him back his American Express card.
Church-going, Brotherhood, Sin
“ …whoever does the Will of God, he is my brother” (Mark 4:35). A man decided that it was time for him to become a regular Church-goer. He hoped to find the kind of congregation that could relieve the loneliness he was feeling. He visited Church after Church, but none seemed satisfactory. Finally, one Sunday morning, he wandered into a Church in which the sermon already was in progress. He listened carefully as the preacher bellowed, “We have left undone those things we ought to have done, and we have done those things we ought not to have done.” The man sighed gratefully, saying to himself, “At last I’ve found my kind of people.”
Music, Mystery, Theoretical discourse, Transcendence
Once, after playing his latest composition on the piano, a famous composer was asked to explain the music. The artist stared at his questioner for a moment and then played his composition all over again. That was the composer ’s way of saying that music leaps beyond the realm of neat explanation. No self-respecting artist would spend his time formulating theories about why he composes as he does. The world of melody and sound is enveloped in mystery that ultimately defies theorizing and categorizing.MORE