Sunday, March 19, 2006

Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius

In these Spiritual Exercises, when seeking the Divine Will, it is much better and more advantageous that the Creator and Lord should communicate to the devout soul, inflaming it with His love and praise, and disposing it for the way in which it will be better able to serve Him in the future. Thus, the one who is giving the Exercises should not turn or incline to one side or the other, but standing in the center like a needle on a scale so as to allow the Creator to act directly with the creature, and the creature with his/her Creator and Lord.
For more, see Christian Classics Ethereal Library at Wheaton College. Note that "All of the files linked here are in the public domain. Copy freely."

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BTW, I'm tempted to blog on why almost any nation that invests in weapons of mass destruction has just wasted a great deal of money. All of them provide less "bang for the buck" than conventional weapons. Nuclear weapons rot as they sit in silos (nuclear decay ...), Hitler never found a time he could use his nerve gas stockpiles effectively against military targets, biological agents are best used against populations that are less healthy than one's own ...

Even the printed information on fusion weapons (that focused on light pressure as the key to fusion) was misdirection. A nation-state has much better things it can do with wealth.

With rare exceptions (the capital of South Korea is within mortar range of the border with North Korea), that rule holds.

Anyway, the topic is away from the core of what I blog about, but I thought I would mention it. The times when a country should invest in nuclear weapons instead of conventional (or, better, infrastructure such as schools, roads, water and power) are extremely limited. I do not see anyone looking at the issues in those terms.


May we have it, may we share it, may all find it.

Lord, make me a channel of thy peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony;
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort
than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life

St. Francis

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Anonymous said...

We Must Expand Our Nuclear Power Program If We're To Realize Our Dream
Of Superhero Mutants
© Copyright 2006, Onion, Inc. All rights reserved.
March 6, 2006 | Issue 42•10

As the search for alternative energy sources continues, many decry
nuclear energy as an unsafe and irresponsible option. Admittedly,
dangers exist, but innovation always involves risk, for the best ideas
often result from happy accidents. Indeed, perhaps a catastrophic
meltdown would be the best thing that could happen. To abandon nuclear
energy is to risk something far greater than another Chernobyl. It is to
risk the loss of future superpowered, costumed heroes.

If we fail to encourage our scientists to get trapped in a
malfunctioning reactor as warning klaxons ring across the facility, and
menacing numbers on a nearby wall-screen count down to zero, their frail
human physiologies will never receive the massive doses of radiation
necessary to transform them into glowing metallic-chrome beings with
nuclei-and-electron symbols emblazoned on their muscular chests. As our
country takes on the innumerable challenges of the 21st century, we
need—now more than ever—cosmic, glowing superbeings capable of
harnessing the power of the atom to fight crime.

While we possess the technology to irradiate common household insects in
educational experiments gone awry, we inexplicably have not yet done so.
Not one high-school student has been exposed to the bite of such a
radioactive insect and developed spider-like powers.

Without swift, even reckless expansion of our domestic nuclear-energy
program, scientists will never be exposed to the new and unique
radiation poisonings from which the most powerful superheroes are
generated. We need to see radioactive canisters spilled from the backs
of trucks, hitting small boys in the eyes, blinding them, and giving
them the heightened senses and radar-like superpowers of rooftop-jumping
gymnastic avengers.

Without research into Gamma Bombs, how will an idealistic young
scientist be forced to run out onto the test site at the last minute to
save a reckless teen, only to be mutated into a giant, green, rampaging
force for justice?

These are not easy questions, but they are questions we must face.

We say we are committed to science, but where are the halls of justice,
filled with governing councils of serum-created superpatriots,
part-android teenagers, and scantily clad femaliens sworn to protect us?

We say we are committed to providing our youth with the best in
education, but where are the schools for gifted youngsters, children of
the next wave of evolution, training new Homo superior mutants to
protect humanity? Where is the holographic-room technology needed to
sharpen their battle skills?

For all the lip service paid to the ongoing struggle against terrorism,
I certainly see no international espionage organization run from
nuclear-powered flying aircraft carriers. Those of every political
stripe can agree that we desperately need a gruff, eye-patched,
cigar-chomping superagent to coordinate our response to all threats,
foreign or domestic—be they ninja, cyborg, or psionic.

Among all the federal, state, and local authorities in place today to
protect the public, there is not one individual who is undersea-adapted,
animal-bred, or high-tech-archery-themed. Not one agency devoted to the
public interest is staffed by a genetic mutant. Even the utility belts
we equip our police officers with lack bat-radio-transceiver technology.

We can no longer deny the facts: We need code-named heroes to fight the
super-villains of tomorrow. Unless our government prioritizes scientific
research and its resulting freak accidents, we have no one but ourselves
to blame when we are unable to protect ourselves from robot
executioners, giant creatures from the Earth's core, or invasions from
the Skrull Empire.