Saying “No”, Hook-Ups and Literature

Here is a teaser from an excellent article about the “hook-up” culture and pornography’s destructive nature. The article may be found here.

Nevertheless, the advent of the so-called hook-up culture has fostered expectations among young men that encounters with co-eds naturally lead to no-strings-attached sex. Sex is not preceded by an altar, commitment, “I love you”, or even a decent conversation. In a hook-up culture anonymous sex is not a scandal but, it would seem, the ideal, for when sex is depersonalized, it cannot lead to the complications associated with affection, vulnerability, and the desire to sacrifice for the good of the other person.

On a related note, the biggest problem I had with the Twilight series was Jacob’s pursuit of Bella even after she rejected him time and time again, even forcing kisses on her. He was a predator, but still somehow painted in a good light. What a terrible message to send to young girls!

Jesus Disappointed Us All

Here is an excellent Good Friday meditation by Fr. Jonathan Tobias. Don’t ignore it, don’t skip reading it. Or, ok…at least read this little quotation here. Please.

Judas Iscariot was just following “the traditions of men.” “We’ve always done it this way,” indeed. Judas agreed. It is the “way of all flesh” to run away from Eden and to be “disappointed” by Christ.

Judas sums up the way of all the world concerning Christ. The world is, generally speaking, “disappointed.” Christ does not offer solutions to political problems. He does not fix economic or banking crises. He does not offer a popular “way out” from philosophical or cultural or, more to the point, personal and familial problems.

Jesus Christ did not lead a revolution in Jerusalem after Palm Sunday. He did not establish the Byzantine or Tsarist line for perpetuity. He did not save Rome from its secular self. He does not help Christians become “winners” in their various careers and enterprises.

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This “Test” May Harm You

I just took the most disturbing little psychology “test” online. Weird, diss-associative, paranoid, ambiguous questions, which resulted in the a horoscope-style profile that I, for once, found amazingly accurate here it is: The test is here

You have a poetic sensibility and an ability to see beyond the day to day. You often seem to be living in a higher realm, or to be not-of-this-earth. Occasionally you imagine interior lives for friends and associates that are near-complete fabrications based on your fears or hopes for the future. You are often not aware of your own feelings. You have a strong sense of right and wrong, and because of this are often disappointed. Despite what can sometimes be a destructive inward-turning anger, you are very gentle. You are sometimes a bit out of touch with the ebb and flow of modern life. If your behavior is out of synch with your moral values, a severe psychic disturbance can result. Because connectivity is so important to you, you can become quiet and sulky if you feel that others around do not understand your point of view.

But the questions remains: is this thing for real? is it a joke? Is it based on actual psychology, or is it all a facade? What the heck is this thing?

Distinguish Between “Idle TIme” and “Leisure Time” to Avoid Wasting Time

In my ever-time-consuming search to be more productive, efficient and less of a wastrel, idler and no-goodnik, here is a link I discovered. My wife is a natural at this, though I am not. Here’s to the future!

Distinguish Between “Idle TIme” and “Leisure Time” to Avoid Wasting Time.

Christ the Life of All the Living

Christ, the Life of all the living,
Christ the Death of death, our foe,
Who Thyself for us once giving
To the darkest depths of woe,
Patiently didst yield Thy breath
But to save my soul from death;
Praise and glory ever be,
Blessèd Jesus, unto Thee.

Thou, O Christ, hast taken on Thee
Bitter strokes, a cruel rod;
Pain and scorn were heaped upon Thee,
O Thou sinless Son of God,
Only thus for me to win
Rescue from the bonds of sin;
Praise and glory ever be,
Blessèd Jesus, unto Thee.

Thou didst bear the smiting only
That it might not fall on me;
Stoodest falsely charged and lonely
That I might be safe and free;
Comfortless that I might know
Comfort from Thy boundless woe.
Praise and glory ever be,
Blessèd Jesus, unto Thee.

Heartless scoffers did surround Thee,
Treating Thee with shameful scorn
And with piercing thorns they crowned Thee,
All disgrace Thou, Lord, hast borne
That as Thine Thou mightest own me
And with heavenly glory crown me.
Thousand, thousand thanks shall be,
Dearest Jesus, unto Thee.

Thou hast suffered men to bruise Thee
That from pain I might be free;
Falsely did Thy foes accuse Thee,
Thence I gain security;
Comfortless Thy soul did languish
Me to comfort in my anguish.
Thousand, thousand thanks shall be,
Dearest Jesus, unto Thee.

Thou hast suffered great affliction,
And hast borne it patiently,
Even death by crucifixion,
Fully to atone for me;
Thou didst choose to be tormented
That my doom should be prevented.
Thousand, thousand thanks shall be,
Dearest Jesus, unto Thee.

Then, for all that wrought our pardon,
For Thy sorrows deep and sore,
For Thine anguish in the garden,
I will thank Thee evermore;
Thank Thee with my latest breath
For Thy sad and cruel death,
For that last and bitter cry
Praise Thee evermore on high.