Skip to content

Miscellaneous Rambling

Ceiling. Trastevere

Do you have the personality to earn lots of money? It depends on whether you have some or all of these six traits. I have three of them in spades, though one of them, competitiveness, I've been trying to lose. The spiritual plane of competitiveness, Fr. Robert Spitzer points out, is the second lowest, the one just above animalistic (pursuit of base pleasures). It's bothersome, and burdensome and worrisome, to see it still rearing its head in me constantly. I think the other five high-earner personality traits, incidentally, could be applied to determine whether a person has the potential to be a great saint. I'd have to ask Thomas Dubay (RIP), whose little book on this subject is splendid.

Ceiling. Trastevere

Speaking of saints, I never noticed what a dearth of great saint days there are during the late winter and early spring. Every week, I check my St. James Calendar of the Christian Year to see what feast days are coming up, and I rarely see any particularly noteworthy this time of year. This week gives us St. Matthias, an Apostle, so that's a big one, but Peregrine of Auxerre and

Theodotus and Dunstan? I've only heard of one of them (Dunstan). Contrast this with, say, October, which is chock full of the greats: T. Lisieux and Avila, Francis, Ignatius of Antioch, and a handful of apostles. Maybe they figure this time of year has too much gardening for people to appreciate the saints.

Ceiling. Trastevere

The Eastern Orthodox recognize St. Pachomius this week, incidentally (we recognized him last week). Pachomius was the administrative counterpoise to St. Anthony the Great. St. Anthony lured men to the desert; St. Pachomius organized them into communities.

Ceiling. Trastevere

Anyone know anything about growing small batches of corn? I bought a few different types of ornamental corn, and now I'm trying to figure out if I need to be concerned about cross-pollination. I know regular corn will cross-pollinate if sewn together, but ornamental corn? And do I care (it's all multi-colored stalks)? If anyone has any input, please email me or leave a message in the comments box.

Amazon Deals of the Day