De Anima + wax + incense

thurifer with thuribleMODERN PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — Hume on “self.”  There is no real “present.”  We need to make connections for survival/living/existence … “fides” (faith) & “fiducia” (trust/confidence).

ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — Aristotle‘s De Anima on the “soul.”  His “soul” explains WHY something is alive, and not otherwise.  // (don’t ask about Jesus in the Trinity using Aristotle’s form/matter?) // Man has a potentiality of becoming a corpse? // biggest advantages of Catholic over Protestants is we are (1) incarnational & (2) sacramental

ARTS & IDEAS – (Fr Vallee) — Romanesque vs Gothic architecture.

WORKLIST — today I did “polishing” of all candle stick holders … which means I use a hairdryer to melt off the wax.  — my fingers are still waxy
polishing candle holders polishing candle holders

HOLY HOUR (bonus) — today I alter served during benediction at holy hour.  I was the thurifer (incense guy) holding the thurible (incense burner on chain).  I was nervous (afraid the coals would die out), but did ok.  Holy hour included a considerable reflection on our fragile vocation.  — memorable

DOTS — PreT lunch — spanish study group — Bionic Woman — CCC 

  1. susan
    February 23, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    I have a question, not a comment. It is been nagging me now for several years. When I went to Catholic grade school, in the sixties we, of course, used incense at special masses, Benediction, etc. But we didn’t call it incense at that time. We called it something else, seems like it was some long kind of scientific name. I have been trying to remember it, and have asked quite a few people I grew up with. They agree with me, that we didn’t call it incense, but they cannot remember what we did called it. I lived in southern Indiana at that time, perhaps the word or expression is only native to our area. I am hoping that you may be able to find the answer to this question for me. Thany you in advance for you thoughtfulness.

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