Saturday, March 19, 2016

Yes, I Did Finish My Talk

And gave it.  Murphy's Law and Rebecca even came to give me moral support.  ML only smirked once, and that was at a point I knew he'd appreciate so I was watching him out of the corner of my eye when I got to it.

I'm not going to copy it into the blog because it's 19 double-spaced pages.  Also because I'd be cut-and-pasting out of Word and I bet that would put weird codes into Blogger and drive me crazy trying to edit the html.  So here's a link to it instead:  The Sacraments of Initiation Plus One.

The problem, as I mentioned before, was not in lack of material but in distilling an abundance of it down to a half hour.  Scripture, Patristic Literature, the Catechism of the Catholic Church (which is itself based on and cross-referenced to thousands of years of thought), just scratching the surface of the books we have available in our church library - I went through dozens of those colored, sticky page markers.

It was written to be spoken, so there's spots in it that could have been neatened up if I was really publishing it but I didn't bother.

And if you read it, you may also catch a Philips, Craig, and Dean reference:


  1. Thanks so much for publishing your work. You did a lot of research and succinctly shared it with us. It a great writing for Holy Week.



  2. @Rev, NFO, and WOZ - Thanks for your kind words.

    Since then I've been reminded of something I probably should have included: One of the things that contributed to the evolution of Confession was the idea that once you were baptized you were expected to never sin again. Folks understood that this was a not-particularly realistic concept. A wartior king, for instance, was realistic about the brutality of war and that they might find themselves doing evil in the middle of battle no matter their beliefs. So they would delay baptism until their death beds. Not optimal.

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  4. You did a great job