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i was a pretty good catholic boy


I have always been attracted to the great issues of life: creation, God, philosophy, existence ... many of the Nuns encouraged us by their example and their love of knowledge and exploration. I have never appreciated seeing them parodied or ridiculed although I suspect most of them take jokes about them with a good heart ... of which they all had in my experience. For the most part, they were highly intelligent and encouraged imagination and discovery. Of the few people who ever encouraged my writing, many of them were Nuns. It wasn't until High School that my thirst for knowledge was thwarted and I was punished for thinking and being me. I scored pretty well on this test, however, and even though it was multiple choice, I think the Nuns who taught me would be happy.

Thou shalt not steal ... so I borrowed it from my kind and sweet friend amaliadubois:

You know the Bible 95%!

Wow! You are awesome! You are a true Biblical scholar, not just a hearer but a personal reader! The books, the characters, the events, the verses - you know it all! You are fantastic!

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I wouldn't call myself a scholor. The test was pretty basic, really wasn't that hard, hitting on a lot of the more obvious facts most people with even a passing knowledge of the Bible should know.

MORE EVIDENCE OF DOUBLESPEAK AND ATTEMPTS AT MIND CONTROL: Did you hear about the study that indicated 51 % of women are living without a spouse? I thought that phrase living without a spouse was a little curious, like when I first heard the sentence "I did not have sexual relations ..." Well, it turns out that the researchers included teen girls living with their parents, women whose husbands work out of town, women whose husbands were serving in the military, women whose husbands were in rest homes, institutions, prisons, etc. Can you spell agenda? The old adage is true. Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear. I think a Nun taught me that.

That's it. I'm tired and sick. Sorry.


I watched the sweetest psalm stolen by our choir
I dreamed of martyrs' bones hanging from a wire
I make a contribution, I get absolution
I make a resolution to purify my soul




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Jan. 22nd, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
Well, yer better than me! *LOL*:

You know the Bible 85%!

Wow! You are awesome! You are a true Biblical scholar, not just a hearer but a personal reader! The books, the characters, the events, the verses - you know it all! You are fantastic!

Ultimate Bible Quiz
Create MySpace Quizzes

Jan. 23rd, 2007 03:47 am (UTC)
Nice icon. Do you know much about the history of the early Church and the impact the emperor Constantine had on ending the persecution of Christians?
Jan. 23rd, 2007 07:23 am (UTC)
I've said it once and I'll say it again - a Catholic education is a top-notch education. Wish I'd had one... *lol*

Um, I'm vaguely aquainted with the history (not as much as I'd like, I'm afraid).

I'd still be Roman Catholic if it weren't for a few key theological disagreements on my part...
Jan. 23rd, 2007 07:24 am (UTC)
(Oh - that icon is the Episcopal shield, just in case you didn't know.)
Jan. 23rd, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
A lot of theological concepts were debated for hundreds of years in the first few centuries A.D. and later. It is fascinating to read the history of Christianity. Christ wasn't declared to be divine until 325 A.D. Constantine was a Roman emperor who had a religious experience and changed the laws which, under previous emperors, subjected Christians too horrible persecutions and grisly executions. He tried to adapt many Pagan holidays with Christian events to satisfy the people who still had pagan roots which anti-Catholics love to point to with glee. He himself wasn't baptized until near death. You have to understand that the Jews rejected the Christian message and the gospel was embraced mostly by non-Jews, mostly in urban areas, then in rural much later. It's amazing the debates there were as the Church grew organized and established "parishes" with a network of bishops, deacons, etc. Some of their edicts were very harsh and "non-Christian" as when people were caught "in sin", etc. This is what usually happens when people with their own prejudices, attitudes, and agendas get involved in spiritual things. If you read an actual history (rather than an interpretation of historical events by someone trying to prove why such and such a religion is wrong or even evil) you get a better idea of what really happened and why. It's very interesting. I'm no expert by any stretch but I have read a tiny bit on the subject, mostly after my Catholic education.
Jan. 22nd, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you had such a good experience with nuns. :) Mr. Ed went to a Catholic school, but he had priests and such as teachers. He has some very amusing stories from that time. I'm sorry you're not feeling well. Is the weather cold and rainy there, too?

I had someone out to check my modem for the internet, and they figured out it was something wrong in their bigger system. I should have speed and full internet capacity by tomorrow afternoon. *crosses fingers*

Take care, hon; and drink pleanty of fluids and eat some chicken soup.
Jan. 22nd, 2007 11:57 pm (UTC)
Hope your server straightens out it's problems soon.

Thanks for the kind words and advice. I'm afraid my health problems are so chronic there's not much I can do although eating foods that don't aggravate them help a little. I just get so frustrated and sometimes need to vent a little.

I was taught by Priests and Brothers after switching to a different high school in my junior year and it was there I had most of my problems. I was a good student and athelete but just didn't fit in wasn't appreciated for what I was because I didn't conform and kiss up. Knowing what I know now I might have played the game but at the time I couldn't tolerate the hypocracy and favoritism I saw. It'd still be hard but that's how you get places.
Jan. 23rd, 2007 03:34 am (UTC)
The nuns you had were way different than the ones I had.
Jan. 23rd, 2007 03:45 am (UTC)
Do you remember their order? I had Carmelites and later Sisters of Mercy. The Sisters of Mercy could be very very strict and demanding but fair and they encouraged me a lot too. This was in the Irish Channel where things could be rough. A kid about ten or so hit me in the head with a piece of brick when I was walking to school one day. There were barrooms and seedy dives within a couple blocks or so, and the Nuns pretty much had to be tough although I think they already were. Oh, I think I mentioned before that Anne Rice went to the same school as I did, although some time before. She owned a home and some other properties near there until a few years ago after her husband died and she moved to the suburbs, then away I believe.
Jan. 23rd, 2007 03:53 am (UTC)
I don't know the order they were from. The ones I had were pretty mean, though and did not seem to encourage open-mindedness.

That's cool that you went to the same school as Anne Rice! I believe Ms. Rice lives in California now.
Jan. 23rd, 2007 03:58 am (UTC)
Her husband Stan Rice was from there and they lived in San Francisco for years, then moved here in the 80's (I think). I remember when she moved into the suburbs three or four years ago. She was very distraught and couldn't take the hassles of having to deal with all the headaches of living in the city and taking care of all those old properties. She may have moved back to California.
Jan. 23rd, 2007 04:11 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's where I heard she was living now.
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