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Humanae Vitae by Paul VI

The Controversial Text That Saved Me

I’m a Catholic thanks to ‘Humanae Vitae.’ It’s about a lot more than birth control.

By Ashley McGuire, Author of “Sex Scandal: The Drive to Abolish Male and Female”

WSJ | July 26, 2018

I first read “Humanae Vitae”—which Pope Paul VI published 50 years ago July 29—when I was 21. As a senior at Tufts University, hardly a bastion of Christian belief, sheer curiosity brought me to the controversial papal encyclical. I knew only that it banned contraception. How could a billion people around the world embrace such a backward religion?

Two years later, I was baptized and received into the Catholic Church. “Humanae Vitae” was my gateway. Disillusioned with a culture that habitually objectifies women, I found the document stirring—as did countless other converts—with its call to safeguard “the reverence due to a woman.”       (more…)

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Time is free, but it’s priceless.

“We live in a country where, yes, there are injustices that can happen. We are blessed to be in a country where injustice can also be rectified.” “The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.”
~ Ben Stein   

“Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.” ~ Marianne Williamson“To achieve goals you’ve never achieved before, you need to start doing things you’ve never done before.” ~ Stephen Covey

“Learning never exhausts the mind.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

“It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” – Anthony Robbins“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” ~ Les Brown“Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it…” – Harvey MacKay  Nightingale-Conant Logo

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Happiness

One joy scatters a hundred griefs. –Chinese proverb

Happiness is a mystery like religion and should never be rationalized. —G. K. Chesterton 1874

If you haven’t been happy very young, you can still be happy later on, but it’s much harder. You need more luck. –Simone de Beauvoir  (more…)

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Money, Health, Sickness, Wealth

God heals and the Doctor takes the Fees. –Benjamin Franklin

Money-giving is a very good criterion . . . of a person’s mental health. Generous people are rarely mentally ill people.  —Karl A Menninger, Co-Founder of the Menninger Clinic of Psychoanalysis.

The poorest man would not part with health for money, but . . . the richest would gladly part with all their money for health. –C. C. Colton (1780-1832).  Addressed to Those Who Think, l.225. 1823.

Health is better than wealth. –John Ray (1628-1705). A Collection of English Proverbs. p. 153, 1678.

Having good health is very different from only being not sick. –Seneca the Younger, (5? B.C.—A. D. 65 Preface (1.6) to Natural Questions. Tr. Thomas A. Corcoran, 1921.

Bill Murray’s rumored to have said: “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me 350,000 times — you’re a weatherman.”My Doctor is wonderful. Once, in 1955, when I couldn’t afford an operation, he touched up the x-rays. –Jerry Bishop.A physician who heals for nothing is worth nothing. –The Talmud

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Liberty

The doors of wisdom are never shut. –Benjamin Franklin    

Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. –George Washington

I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there is purpose and worth to each and every life. –Ronald Reagan  (more…)

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Limitations in Life

We are more powerful, more knowledgeable, better prepared than we think we ever are –Joe Navarro

Life has no limitations except the ones you make—Les Brown    (more…)

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Time is Precious

“Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it…” –Harvey MacKay“The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out WHY” ~ Mark Twain  (more…)

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When to begin?

The toughest part of being on a diet is shutting up about it—Gerald Nachman

He who has learned to love an art or science has wisely laid up riches against the day of riches—Robert Louis Stevenson   (more…)

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Freedom is the last, best hope on earth—Abraham Lincoln

Remember, if you are not part of the solution then you are an administrator.

In this world there are only two tragedies: One is not getting what one wants, and the second is getting it. –Oscar Wilde  (more…)

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Talking at Luther’s Table

“In Luther’s household the day began at sunrise, and the principal meal of the day was eaten about ten o’clock in the morning. About five o’clock in the afternoon supper was served, and this meal was often shared by exiled clergymen, escaped nuns, government officials, visitors from abroad, and colleagues of Luther in the university who frequently stopped in, men like Philip Melanchthon, John Bugenhagen, and Justus Jonas. The relaxed atmosphere of the hospitable home was conducive to spirited conversation (more…)

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Time

The more you learn, the more you earn, as Warren Buffett famously says.

Time is free, but it’s priceless.
You can’t own it, but you can use it.
You can’t keep it, but you can spend it.
Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back. —Harvey MacKay

Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national Debt—Herbert Hoover

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Opportunity in Difficulty

A Pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity: An Optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. –Abraham Lincoln  (more…)

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How to create a long Curriculum Vitae

It is wise to have a data base to start.

Never write one paper when you can write two: Split your data base and refer to each as a study.

In addition to local journals, publish each study in at least three foreign publications.

Change the title and submit each study to another journal.  (more…)

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From those that should know

Albert Einstein: There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.  (more…)

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Views on Death and Dying

Death must be distinguished from dying, with which it is often confusedSydney Smith

It hath been often said, that it is not death, but dying, which is terrible—Henry Fielding

On his deathbed, British surgeon Joseph Henry Green behaved very coolly. “Congestion,”: he observed, and then took his own pulse. “Stopped,” he said, and died.  (more…)

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Aphorism

Government is in an endless pursuit of new ways to tax.

It’s tough enough to pay taxes but making out the income tax forms seems to make it worse.

They use to say that the only thing the government didn’t tax was taxes. Then President Johnson invented the surtax.

. . , the power to tax involves the power to destroy . . . Chief Justice John Marshall, Supreme Court Decision in McCulloch v. Maryland, March 6, 1819. (more…)

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Change the World

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot changed their minds cannot change anything. ~ George Bernard Shaw

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” ~ Buckminster Fuller

“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” ~ Proverbs 27:17)

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Truman, Ford, Lowell, St. Matthew

A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic. –James Russell Lowell, 1970

If you can’t stand the heat you better get out of the kitchen. –President Harry S. Truman, in speech Dec 17, 1932

If you say you can or if you say you can’t, either way you’re right. –Henry Ford

Those who do well like criticism; those who do not do well, resent it. –Anonymous

Judge not, that ye be not judged. –Matthew 7:1

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Washington, D.C.

The capital city of the United States; “a city of Southern efficiency and Northern Charm” –John F Kennedy.

Washington is no place to a civilized man to spend the summer.  –President James Buchanan.

There are a number of things wrong with Washington. One of them is that everyone has been too long away from home.  –President Dwight D Eisenhower.
Washington, D.C. was named for the only President who didn’t have to live there.

Facts:

War is mankind’s oldest weakness.  No civilization yet created has been able to abolish it. In this Century alone the United States has been involved in four major wars—World Wars I and II, Korea and Vietnam—plus various military confrontations. In that same period, the world has tried to abolish war through non-aggression compacts, United Nations sessions, disarmament and arms limitation agreements, peaceful sanctions against aggressors, etc. But military preparedness continues to be reflected around the world in mounting armament sales and the increasing sophistication of equipment. The war against war is being waged at great cost.

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From Our Presidents

Abraham Lincoln: As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.

George Washington: Happiness and moral duty are inseparable connected.  (more…)

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William Osler (1849-1919) Canadian Physician

“The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.” —William Osler, physician

The trained nurse has become one of the great blessing of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest, and not inferior to either in her mission. —William Osler, physician

Jaundice is the disease that your friends diagnose. —William Osler, physician

There are only two sorts of doctors: those who practice with their brains, and those who practice with their tongues. —William Osler, physician.  (more…)

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Anonymous Aphorisms: Science

Science is the ascertainment of facts and the refusal to regard facts as permanent.

To err is human; to try to prevent recurrence of error is science.

Science is forever rewriting itself.

Every science thinks it is the science.

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Economics

It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is after all, a specialized discipline and one     that most people consider to be a “dismal science.” But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance.              —Murray Rothbard

                Economic ignorance comes in different forms, and some types of economic ignorance are          less excusable than others.  But the most important implication of Rothbard’s point is that the worst sort of economic ignorance is ignorance about your economic ignorance.—Steven Horwitz. Read more at FEE.org/Horwitz  

                Aphorisms:

                Education has moved from three R’s to six: remedial reading, remedial ‘riting, and   remedial ‘rithmetic.

                The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance.

                It is hard to teach an old dog new tricks and easy to teach a new dog old tricks.

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CHURCHILL ON ISLAM

He was a brave young soldier, a brilliant journalist, an extraordinary politician and statesman, a great war leader and British Prime Minister

“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy.

The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensual-ism deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen; all know how to die; but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it.

No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.”

Winston Churchill, 1899.

(Check Wikipedia – The River War). The above was checked as true byhttp://www.snopes.com/politics/quotes/churchillislam.asp

 

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Rights Are Abstract And Not Amenable To Reason By Evidence

Do not use “rights” in arguments or disputes. Though they feel like a trump card, rights are abstract and not amenable to reason by evidence. – Joshua Greene

Democracy is all very well as a political device. It must not intrude into the spiritual, or even the aesthetic world. – C. S. Lewis  

The rebellious slogan “All for Love” is really love’s death warrant (with the date of execution, for the moment left blank _________.) – C. S. Lewis  

 

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