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I can remember the days when there were three networks plus public broadcasting and on the three major networks well way before cable and such, we could watch, when I was in 8th grade, Cyrano de Bergerac broadcasted as a play on one of the regular channels and there were plays on a regular basis. There were programs especially on Sunday with higher culture showing (classical) concerts. Even Walt Disney back in those days did the movie Fantasia an animated movie in order to teach children about symphonic music. But by the ’60s it was brought out again so that people could get high while watching it. Well, I take it back- they were getting high *and* they were watching it! It’s not the supplement! I could recall people saying that when I was a college student.
Fr. Mitch Pacwa [Back when the media was nourishing the culture and not destroying it.]
Everybody can develop things like vocabulary. You can develop and learn how to use more words. Do you know what the average number of words in vocabulary today is for the average American? 850 words is the average size of the vocabulary. Now, this is particularly dumb. Because English has a larger vocabulary than any language in the history of the world. Larger because of our science, but still no other language has had as wide a vocabulary as English and you should learn that. And again that sounds like, ‘you’re just harping on how to speak the language’. But learning vocabulary opens up ideas. And is the beginning and a necessary beginning for doing philosophy.
Fr. Mitch Pacwa
One of the most basic ways of learning how to think logically is to encourage people to use good grammar. […] A lot of people are silly in thinking ‘oh, he just wants to sound intelligent’. Well, it’s not bad. I’m not against sounding intelligent. But I’m actually encouraging you to think intelligently and clearly. And to use good grammar is as Aristotle said in his book The Logic, that that is the basis of learning how to think logically. And so, everybody should do that, and everybody can do that.
Fr. Mitch Pacwa
…the virgin birth, the incarnation, the resurrection…are the true laws of the flesh and the physical. Death, decay, destruction are the suspension of those laws….[It] would never have occurred to human consciousness to conceive of purity if we were not to look forward to a resurrection of the body, which will be flesh and spirit united in peace, in the way they were in Christ. The resurrection of Christ seems the high point in the law of nature.
Flannery O’Connor
[The Passion] lives, because it involves the staggering story of the Creator truly groaning and travailing with his Creation; and the highest thing thinkable passing through some nadir of the lowest curve of the cosmos. And it lives, because the very blast from this black cloud of death comes upon the world as a wind of everlasting life; by which all things wake and are alive.
GKC quoting one of the most popular yet cryptic passages of St. Paul. I didn’t see it that way before, but once again, GKC made the apt connection quite effortlessly.
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