Excessively Diverting Fridays: Where do words come from? Carl Barron Edition

Carl Barron is an Aussie comedian who I’m not a fan of in general, but boy, I do LOVE this one:

(I’ve been trying to make it start at the 3 minute mark, but it’s just not working. You can watch the first bit if you want, but it’s not part of my recommendation.)

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The Advent of Advent

It’s true!! Advent IS nearly upon us, unbelievable though it may be. [That statement makes this very relevant:]

This does not mean, however, that Christmas has actually arrived. Advent is the time in which we anticipate the celebration of Christ’s first coming, by preparing ourselves appropriately, and in so doing we also anticipate Christ’s second coming.

It’s always a bit awkward to know exactly how best to prepare oneself though, isn’t it? It’s a penitential season, which we know because everything turns purple, but it’s somehow a bit different.

At any rate, everyone ought to be thinking of some way they can prepare themselves to receive Christ well this Christmas. My own gameplan: Morning and Evening Prayer, to immerse myself in the Scriptures that herald Our Lord’s coming.

What have been your most fruitful Advent commitments? Plans for this year?

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Excessively Diverting Fridays: Monty Python Edition

Heeellllooooooo!! (in the voice)

Uni is over for the year at last, so I am back in business! It’s a bit belated, but I don’t want to miss an EDF, so here’s something you might not have heard about (or maybe you have):

MONTY PYTHON TO HAVE A REUNION IN LONDON!! (read and watch)

There are rumoured possibilities of a show in the Sydney Opera House though… imagine seeing the dead parrot sketch LIVE!!

If you’ve been living under a rock, Monty Python are basically a comedic group who did most of their work in the 70s. Their style takes a bit of getting used to, they’re generally rather crazy, and some sketches aren’t particularly impressive, but others are just pure gold.

Some of my favourites:

THE FOUR YORKSHIREMEN:

DEAD PARROT:

ARGUMENT CLINIC:

THE CHEESESHOP:

THE MINISTRY OF SILLY WALKS:

What are your favourite Monty Python sketches?

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A Self-Enclosed Circle

Apologies for the hiatus!! Still in the throes of end of semester. In the meantime, some Papa Ben for y’all:

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“The turning of the priest towards the people has turned the community into a self-enclosed circle. In its outward form, it no longer opens out on what lies ahead and above, but is closed in on itself. The common turning towards the East was not a “celebration towards the wall”; it did not mean that the priest “had his back to the people”: the priest himself was not regarded as so important. For just as the congregation in the synagogue looked together toward Jerusalem, so in the Christian liturgy the congregation looked together “towards the Lord.” As one of the Fathers of Vatican II’s Constitution on the Liturgy, J. A. Jungmann, put it, it was much more a question of priest and people facing in the same direction, knowing that together they were in a procession towards the Lord. They did not close themselves into a circle, they did not gaze at one another, but as the pilgrim People of God they set off for the Oriens, for the Christ who comes to meet us.

Pope Benedict, “The Spirit of the Liturgy”

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Excessively Diverting Fridays: Amistad Edition

Yikes! It’s Friday and I nearly forgot that it’s EDF time! I’ve been kinda busy writing a Theology of Books. Yeah, it IS as awesome as it sounds. Get excited.

Movie recommendation for today: Amistadif only for the stellar cast (Anthony Hopkins, Morgan Freeman, other awesomes, and it’s directed by the illustrious Steven Spielberg).

Amistad depicts the true story of some Africans who were captured from Sierra Leone and sold into slavery. They underwent horrific treatment by their Spanish owners on the ship La Amistad, which means “Friendship”, and consequently committed mutiny. They were found and taken into custody, and the two Spanish ship owners that they hadn’t killed in the mutiny claim ownership of them. Some prominent abolitionists take up their case, which after much back and forthing ends up in the US Supreme Court.

It’s a moving film that explores the way in which fellow men have been so callously treated as not such, the black mark in history that is slavery, and every person’s longing for the fundamentals: their home, their family, and their freedom to live.

The acting is just superb, and the script is equally so. With all the garbage that comes out in the cinemas so frequently these days, a strong, inspiring, authentic script is so refreshing.

Watch the trailer!!

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Why do you Christians always throw the Bible in my face?

Do yourself a favour and read this. It’s a fun one:

“In any case, Christians are always shoving their religion in people’s faces. Everything they say, every position they hold, every thought they express — it’s all RELIGION. Even if they don’t explicitly say, “I think this because of my religion,” we all know the score. If it comes from RELIGION, as a secularist, I must hate it. If it’s been heavily influenced or transformed by RELIGION or RELIGIOUS people, I must hate it. That’s why I’m not a big fan of art, architecture, democracy, science, medicine, philosophy, astronomy, the university system, the abolition of slavery, America, Natural Law, Natural Rights, mathematics, the justice system, literature, music, and civilization.”

The Matt Walsh Blog

Seriously, it hurts. Stop it, will ya? Yesterday I walked by a church and the pastor barreled out of the door, ran into the street, screamed “BIBLE!” and chucked it right at my head.

Well, that didn’t LITERALLY happen. But he did say, “good afternoon, God bless,” which is basically the same thing.

In any case, Christians are always shoving their religion in people’s faces. Everything they say, every position they hold, every thought they express — it’s all RELIGION. Even if they don’t explicitly say, “I think this because of my religion,” we all know the score. If it comes from RELIGION, as a secularist, I must hate it. If it’s been heavily influenced or transformed by RELIGION or RELIGIOUS people, I must hate it. That’s why I’m not a big fan of art, architecture, democracy, science, medicine, philosophy, astronomy, the university system, the abolition of slavery, America, Natural…

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