I must say that teaching has given me a better understanding of some points in moral theology. I learned this stuff, but because seminary is now over four years in the past, some things were starting to fade.

I have definitely learned more about the encyclical Humanae Vitae, and how the reaction to it by a number of theologians led to an entirely new type of moral theology, which basically was a way to get around the teaching of Humanae Vitae.

Oblate Sisters

For a number of years, the Oblate Sisters of the Most Holy Eucharist have been helpful to the Marians in various ways, and we have been their chaplains in the US. They are particularly dedicated to praying for the Church and for priests. The Oblates are in both Stockbridge, MA, on Eden Hill (they have a convent on the grounds) and Washington, DC. They are a wonderful contemplative community, and I urge young women contemplating such a vocation to take a look at this community. I have information on them in some old entries of my blog:

Information in English

Information in Spanish

Books and Old TV

I’ve dealt somewhat with lots of old books we have at one of our houses, and there certainly are some gems. One of my favorites is Servant of God Fulton J. Sheen’s Preface to Religion, which deals with basic themes from a Thomistic standpoint. This is a great way to learn some basic Thomistic theological principles, although Archbishop Sheen doesn’t exactly say that this is what he is teaching.

The last part on faith, hope, and charity is a very clear but simple explanation of the theological virtues.

Meanwhile, I’ve been watching an old public domain TV show thanks to some free downloads of it. The show is called “Men Into Space.” It’s a late 1950’s presentation of space travel of the near future, and it was somewhat accurate on what would happen just 10 years later. It’s a curious example of science fiction that tries to look into the near future.

They Walk On

now i don’t know where the days go, they turn into weeks
they turn into years
summers turn into Christmas and they all disappear
and children turn from their childlike trust
as their laughter is turned into tears
still they listen for the voices that we all used to hear

they walk on

from the joy of a birth to the coming of age
from the freedom of the schoolyard
to the man at his work
from the safety of a mother’s arms
to the ends of the earth
we walk on

Tonio K. – We Walk On (portions)

These are simple yet profound thoughts. Tonio K. has a way of doing this sort of thing. Life has a way of passing by. Indeed, there’s a lot happening, but it’s all in the end within the context of our relationship with God, or lack thereof. Everything is contextual, but when you deal with the Infinite, the contextuality ends. (I think I made a new word there.)