Thursday, October 12, 2006

Just one of those days...

Today is one of those days where I am finding it difficult to get much work done. My mind refuses to focus and for its sake, mine, and quite possibly yours, I've decided to blog.

Yesterday's rumblings about the Tridentine Mass has left some people chewing their nails in anticipation and excitement and others hiding under their beds in fear of the scary dinosauria latina missae. On various blogs I read stories about people sitting in their cars during latin rosaries out of discontent, and some stories of nearly miraculous events taking place because of them.

So after all the pining, smiling, grinning, arguing, and trembling - now comes waiting. We have no idea what this document is going to look like. We only know that it is coming. Sit tight folks, B16 ain't no slouch when it comes to this stuff, but he certainly isn't rushing into anything either.

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I have an old friend who recently spoke to me about his ongoing worry that once we die there is nothing, only oblivion. I feel for people sincerely who hold this view because it is one of my fears as well. But I'm always drawn away from those fears by Faith. I mentioned to him I take comfort in St. Thomas Aquainas' explanation of knowing God exists by reason. (One of his 5 reasons - emphasis mine)

This one:

The first and more manifest way is the argument from motion. It is certain, and evident to our senses, that in the world some things are in motion. Now whatever is in motion is put in motion by another, for nothing can be in motion except it is in potentiality to that towards which it is in motion; whereas a thing moves inasmuch as it is in act. For motion is nothing else than the reduction of something from potentiality to actuality. But nothing can be reduced from potentiality to actuality, except by something in a state of actuality. Thus that which is actually hot, as fire, makes wood, which is potentially hot, to be actually hot, and thereby moves and changes it. Now it is not possible that the same thing should be at once in actuality and potentiality in the same respect, but only in different respects. For what is actually hot cannot simultaneously be potentially hot; but it is simultaneously potentially cold. It is therefore impossible that in the same respect and in the same way a thing should be both mover and moved, i.e. that it should move itself. Therefore, whatever is in motion must be put in motion by another. If that by which it is put in motion be itself put in motion, then this also must needs be put in motion by another, and that by another again. But this cannot go on to infinity, because then there would be no first mover, and, consequently, no other mover; seeing that subsequent movers move only inasmuch as they are put in motion by the first mover; as the staff moves only because it is put in motion by the hand. Therefore it is necessary to arrive at a first mover, put in motion by no other; and this everyone understands to be God.

Our conversation was interupted abruptly by others around us but I think it will be a topic of discussion sometime in the future. This is probably a small snippet of a much larger topic. Maybe someday I'll have the mental capacity to put out my thoughts on it. For today, I'd best be getting back to work...

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