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The Natural Sciences / Re: Sorry Charlie
« Last post by Non Nobis on Today at 11:08:25 AM »
Michael I like your happy attitude and taste buds!

Not a big tuna fish fan myself. But it sounds like the stuff in the cans may be as questionable - or as good - as the stuff in the sandwiches.
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Who is TROL?

TheReturnofLive

Some people like the coincidence with the initials; no comment from me
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The Natural Sciences / Re: Sorry Charlie
« Last post by Michael Wilson on Today at 10:49:27 AM »
Whatever it is, its mighty good! :laugh:
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Who is TROL?
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I remember reading a blogpost regarding magic and the demonic a long time ago. I managed to find the blogpost today, and while the post wasn't really about magic it did contain this bit about the relation between demons and magic rituals:

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The Church advises against studying the occult, partly because it can lead to temptation, but mainly because it is a waste of your time.  Nothing ‘discovered’ by the magicians over the centuries has proved to be of any practical use, and the goals which it promises to satisfy are usually (if not always) bad for one’s soul.

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What is actually occurring is that the Occultist is in communication with the demonic.  Whatever trickster spirit he’s talking to is making up signs and rituals at random (one suspects that many of them may involve inside jokes, which only the demons understand).  In performing these rituals the Occultist is simply entertaining the demon – who then goes off and does whatever it is that they claimed the magic would do. The ritual was never necessary; it was simply the price extracted by the demon.  The goal was directing your will towards an unworthy end, or to get you to perform evil acts in pursuit of a good end.  The absurdity of all of this is particularly evident to any who’ve made a historical study of magic, either in literature or in occult practice.  Present day stories, as well as present-day mystery cults, present magic as a form of pseudo-science.  There’s a certain logic underlying all of it. The ‘difficulty’ of the spell is directly correlated to the ‘power’ of its effects.  Modern occult manuals prescribe the creation of expensive medallions and precise rituals, and modern stories do the same.  Medieval tomes and stories, meanwhile, seem to be utterly random to modern eyes.  “Rub some leaves and utter a cantation, and a flying steed will transport you to a castle in the sky,” claims one fifteenth century book of necromancy.  The cause and effect are as disconnected as the premise of a gingerbread house, or Orlando’s sanity being found on the moon.  There is no consistency in occult ‘revelations’; they are utterly dependent upon the culture of the day.
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The Coffee Pot / Re: interesting purchase you made recently?
« Last post by Bernadette on Today at 10:14:35 AM »
A domed, top entry litter box for my cats. Has a screen entry way to clean and redeposit litter.
I didn't know you had cats! How nice. I have one, and she thinks she rules the house. Walks all over the poor dog.

And I bought some beautiful rosary parts. Finally going to have the rose wood beads I've had for years made into a rosary.

Mrs. Heinrich and I have three cats(and three dogs). They’re spoiled and naughty. Violent Violet, Jolly Jellybean, Tremulous Truffles.

I am going to buy a new lawnmower.
Mine is an orange and white long hair named Momoko (peach girl).
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The Coffee Pot / Re: interesting purchase you made recently?
« Last post by MundaCorMeum on Today at 10:10:58 AM »
A domed, top entry litter box for my cats. Has a screen entry way to clean and redeposit litter.
I didn't know you had cats! How nice. I have one, and she thinks she rules the house. Walks all over the poor dog.

And I bought some beautiful rosary parts. Finally going to have the rose wood beads I've had for years made into a rosary.

Mrs. Heinrich and I have three cats(and three dogs). They’re spoiled and naughty. Violent Violet, Jolly Jellybean, Tremulous Truffles.

I am going to buy a new lawnmower.

Those are great cat names!
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The Coffee Pot / Re: interesting purchase you made recently?
« Last post by Heinrich on Today at 10:09:28 AM »
A domed, top entry litter box for my cats. Has a screen entry way to clean and redeposit litter.
I didn't know you had cats! How nice. I have one, and she thinks she rules the house. Walks all over the poor dog.

And I bought some beautiful rosary parts. Finally going to have the rose wood beads I've had for years made into a rosary.

Mrs. Heinrich and I have three cats(and three dogs). They’re spoiled and naughty. Violent Violet, Jolly Jellybean, Tremulous Truffles.

I am going to buy a new lawnmower.
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General Catholic Discussion / Re: Children and Catholic Names
« Last post by Bernadette on Today at 09:46:53 AM »
Yes, children should be given Saint names. I'm very happy my parents named me after a Saint - Saint Francis Xavier, one of the most venerated Saints here in India, as he was the second Apostle of our country, after St. Thomas. I love St. Xavier and my aim in life is to be like him in some small measure. Children should be given Catholic names, there are so many to choose from: Mary, Joseph, Michael, Peter, Paul, James, John, Jude, Andrew, Matthew, Thomas, Philip, Bartholomew, Benedict, Francis, Dominic, Bernadette, Gertrude, the list goes on and on. It is a shame some Christians prefer to give supposedly fancy but really meaningless and made-up names to their precious children rather than authentic Catholic Christian Saint names.

I have a Saint's name, too, although that was just a coincidence on my mother's part. I still like it, though.
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General Catholic Discussion / Re: Children and Catholic Names
« Last post by Xavier on Today at 09:37:54 AM »
Yes, children should be given Saint names. I'm very happy my parents named me after a Saint - Saint Francis Xavier, one of the most venerated Saints here in India, as he was the second Apostle of our country, after St. Thomas. I love St. Xavier and my aim in life is to be like him in some small measure. Children should be given Catholic names, there are so many to choose from: Mary, Joseph, Michael, Peter, Paul, James, John, Jude, Andrew, Matthew, Thomas, Philip, Bartholomew, Benedict, Francis, Dominic, Bernadette, Gertrude, the list goes on and on. It is a shame some Christians prefer to give supposedly fancy but really meaningless and made-up names to their precious children rather than authentic Catholic Christian Saint names.
 
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