Acton U Update. Tuesday

This morning began with Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form followed by breakfast.

During breakfast – and this is a great advantage to these days – a little gang of clergy (Catholic Orthodox Methodist) and two laymen had a good discussion about theology of the body and the meaning of tattooing and body piercing. One if the breakfasting gang offered an insight that changed my way of seeing part of the questions involved.

Then the first course of the day on Person and Property in the Pentateuch. Here is something fun: Read about the Daughters of Zelophehad and connect the issues to a famous broadway musical!

Break time.


I attended a marvelous course about Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn. It was great to listen to the speaker while sitting near Michael Novak, who wrote the best analysis of the famous Harvard Address.


Now the “bloggers luncheon”.

We are hearing from Fr Sirico about the genesis of his new book.

We have moved on to interesting discussion about brain science, elasticity, unwanted behaviors, addictions, etc.


Tonight we have a talk by Arthur Brooks.


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  1. Well…so what’s the insight???

  2. twele923 says:

    Seven Brides For Seven Brothers? But more like Five Grooms-of-the-same-tribe For Five Sisters?

  3. Jim of Bowie says:

    Seven Brides For Seven Brothers was a great movie musical, but never on Broadway. It was based on the legend of The Rape of the Sabine Women.

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  5. Supertradmum says:

    Jealous, sounds like a great conference with good speakers. Keep us posted, please.

  6. Rushintuit says:

    One sentence spoken by Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima, if taken seriously, would end every complex problem facing the Church and world today:

    “God wishes to establish in the world, devotion to my Immaculate Heart.”

    It’s too bad nobody is giving a talk about that. [Now make a case and connect that to economics. Perhaps you could get involved with Acton and get that topic on the agenda!]

  7. Sissy says:

    My guess is Fiddler on the Roof.

  8. Gulielmus says:

    Well, Tevye has five daughters in Fiddler On The Roof, but I’m not sure there’s a theematic connection. I don’t remember Tevye lamenting that no one would inherit the dairy!

    Jim of Bowie, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers indeed began as an MGM musical, but it was adapted for Broadway in the early 80s and has long been a staple of the dinner-theatre/summer stock circuit.

  9. Sissy says:

    Gulielmus: In addition to the 5 daughters, I was thinking of the theme of “breaking with Jewish tradition” which runs throughout the play.

  10. jflare says:

    “Tensions in Conservatism”.
    Might that be more accurately “Tensions in the American Republican Party”?

    Given what I’ve seen and heard within the past few years, I wouldn’t be surprised. Many Republicans seem quite interested in ignoring moral concerns, pretending to focus exclusively on economics. I say “pretending” because..having read up on economics, I don’t see how anyone can competently discuss economics without inherently discussing morals. They’re quite distinctly linked.

  11. acardnal says:

    Fr. why not give a talk on Amateur Radio and TEOTWAWKI?

  12. Timbot2000 says:

    So many fine courses! So few sessions!
    Father, how do you choose?

  13. tioedong says:

    alas, in the days when every new age anti Christian dodo puts free stuff on youtube, the Acton lectures will cost you 8 dollars a piece.

  14. Rushintuit says:

    “Now make a case…”

    Good advice, Father! On the other hand, I think the Vatican power brokers gave their verdict on Fatima when Cardinals Sodano and Ratzinger said in June 2000, “Fatima belongs to the past”. The good news is that the Catholic in the pew can still get all of the benefits by embracing devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in their own lives.

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