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« Last post by Heinrich on Today at 01:10:29 PM »
Healthy diet: how many people eat nothing but junk all day long; when I worked at a convenience store of a Gas station, I saw people come in and buy soda pop; candy bars; & other snacks; they were all sugar addicts. Many people don't know how to eat healthy.

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« Last post by Miriam_M on Today at 12:44:39 PM »

A fitness, weightlifting, healthy diet section. [Your friendly proofreader.  ;D  ]

Re-posted in enthusiastic assent.
The Second Epistle to Timothy [4:3-4].
Happy Feast Day.
Traditional Catholic Discussion / Re: The heresy of sedeprivationism
« Last post by Arvinger on Today at 11:25:59 AM »
You misunderstand the teaching of Vatican I, as well as sedeprivationism. What the Catholic definitions on the prerogatives of the Papacy refer to is the power of the office rather than that of a specific individual. Sedeprivationism agrees that the office of the Pope has all prerogatives named in Pastor Aeternus, but whether a specific individual is fit to excercise that power is another matter. So, what Vatican I talks about is the power of the office, while the claims of sedeprivationism are in regard to the situation of specific individuals (who - according t osedeprivationism - formally do not occupy the office at all, hence can't excercise its power) rather than the office itself, prerogatives associated with which are intact.
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« Last post by Lynne on Today at 11:24:09 AM »

My portal to the forum is basically to click on the "Show unread since last visit". Whatever appears I tend to look down the list and contribute to the ones that I am interested in. I am not really focused on which area/room I am in just in the thread topic.

If I see that the topic has been introduced/replied to by certain members I am more likely to contribute to it. Contrariwise if the person is on my banned list or somebody who posts incessantly with walls of text I am unlikely to read the topic.

I even have links which link to certain posters to see what they have been posting and to look at their recent posts. If they have said something interesting "anywhere" on "any" thread I will jump into the thread at that point and read the comment in context and then maybe contribute to the thread.  Sometimes these threads are several day/weeks/months and even years old. It must seem a bit strange when one of these thread comes back from the dead and reappears in the latest posts.

Unfortunately, the "Show last unread" link doesn't really show you everything. I find that I also have to click on the link below it too...
Happy Feastday!
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« Last post by Michael Wilson on Today at 11:03:46 AM »
Healthy diet: how many people eat nothing but junk all day long; when I worked at a convenience store of a Gas station, I saw people come in and buy soda pop; candy bars; & other snacks; they were all sugar addicts. Many people don't know how to eat healthy.
I donít know about that KR. I had a Jewish patient once who Iíd discuss Jewish cosmology with between exercises, besides Jewish recipes.  She pretty much described their worldview like that picture, except maybe for water being above the stars.   ;).

Yes, but what does the view of a 21st century Jewish lady with all the metaphysical sophistication of a chemist have to do with the wisdom of ancient Israel?

You're dealing with a world view in which everything is continuously interwoven, concrete and living symbol, like a fractal of flowers unfolding from themselves. If you don't understand this, consider "the Word". God creates through speaking words, symbols of things. But the letters and sounds are themselves symbolic of powers and essences. However, the sounds are these powers again. But again the Word is the Wisdom of God, and Wisdom operates through thought, and thought through words, and these words shape the cosmos, the metaphorical book of creation, just as they shape the written book. Then you take the first chapters of Genesis and its cosmos and see how they reveal the structure and ritual of the Solomonic Temple, but the Temple reflects the structure of Heavenly temple, up to the throne of God in the Holy of Holies, seated upon the Cherubim. And again the story of these chapters of Genesis can be seen as a narrative of the building of the Temple and its subsequent history, right up to the exile of the Jews.

It is just like the Sacraments. We wash in water and are washed in Christ's blood; we are submerged and lifted out as we symbolically die and rise again, and we mentally die to the world and enter into the Church's life, but we also really undergo a kind of spiritual death and rebirth in a new order of being. The Eucharist, it's bread and wine, and leaving Thomistic babble aside, you can touch it, taste it, break it apart and materially encounter bread and wine, but that bread and wine is really the flesh and blood of Christ. All attempts to explain the meaning and reality of this in philosophies increasingly alien to the Hebrew mind, where the Platonic is superior to the Aristotelian and the dominant modern one can't even allow it,  are flawed and futile.

There is much though in our own heliocentric and even Hawking-esque view of the cosmos that is rightfully founded on the natural philosophy and cosmology of the ancients, whether from Athens or Jerusalem.  SL Jaki, SJ in The Savior of Science , and W Wallace, OP in The Modeling of Nature, go into this.   Which you may find interesting reads.

It breaks down at the most basic level when to Hawking's view a star is a dead intelligible object consisting of fundamental physical particles.
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