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John and Santa

Ceiling. Trastevere

Feast Day of St. John of the Cross. I'm inclined to think this little man may have been the most beautiful of saints. Horribly abused by fellow monks who resisted his reforms but never stopped loving. I'm dedicating 2018 to reading his works (2017 was dedicated to his friend, Teresa of Avila, but alas, I didn't get too far in my efforts). If you want a great approach that utilizes John and Theresa, Thomas Dubay's Fire Within is great.

So great, in fact, I might pull it off the shelf and start re-reading it in 2018, even though I try to read primary sources when focusing on a particular saint.

Ceiling. Trastevere

Santa must travel at 650 miles per second to deliver presents to all the world's children on Christmas. The physics calculations are explained here.

Ceiling. Trastevere

Is Facebook destroying society? One former FB exec says, "Yes!" "“[There's] no civil discourse, no cooperation; [only] misinformation, mistruth." I've been saying that for years. Facebook creates illusions. I could give dozens of examples, but one suffices: A rule of thumb has emerged in my circle of acquaintances: If a spouse professes his/her love for the other spouse on Facebook, or talks about how wonderful their family life is, a divorce is on the horizon. Not always, of course, but it's startling how often it seems to occur. It's sad, of course, and I'm not condemning the people who are no doubt struggling in their personal lives, but it doesn't change the fact that FB almost seems "programmed" to allow its users to create illusion.

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