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December 22, 2010

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One that always brings tears to my eyes...
"Nails, spear shall pierce Him through, the cross be borne for me for you. Hail, Hail the Word made flesh..."
That beautiful Baby is our precious Savior...

Beautifully written, (Sin is the Reason . .). I made me cry in gratitude.

This 'sin' idea is rubbish.

It says suffering is inevitable.
It says suffering is deserved.

Yet...

It says suffering is secondary.
It says suffering is negligible.

Even...

It says suffering is good.*
It says suffering is beautiful.*

When in fact...

Suffering is none of these.

So, let's send 'sin' packing - like we did with 'aether.'

RonH

*Think of 'Mother Theresa' - someone who, when it comes down to it, let people suffer because she believed in 'sin'.

Ron,

"It says..."

What says? Sin? I wasn't aware that sin was capable of saying anything.

"Suffering is none of these."

And your reasons for that are...?

"So let's send 'sin' packing"

You seem to have this idea that you can choose whether something exists or not. How is it that you came to that conclusion?

"*Think of 'Mother Theresa' - someone who, when it comes down to it, let people suffer because she believed in 'sin'."

Really? Because I was under the impression that she devoted her entire life to ALLEVIATING the suffering of the impoverished.

Care to enlighten us?

Austin,

You are right: Sin says nothing. It's the Christian doctrine that 'says' things.

And, you are right: I can't choose something into or out of existence.

I don't believe sin is a real thing in the world. So, when I say send sin packing I don't mean deny the existence of sin, a real thing in the world. I don't even mean deny the existence of the doctrine of sin. The doctrine is real too. I just mean the doctrine of sin is a myth. Treat it that way.

As for the reasons you ask for, I have time to look at 'inevitable' and 'deserved'.

A child who isn't able to read in the first grade is more likely to be illiterate as an adult and also more likely to go to prison. You can confirm that.

So it looks like 2nd grade illiteracy leads some to prison. Keep that in mind when you consider whether a prison sentence is deserved. (Is all 2nd grade illiteracy deserved?)

Also, it looks like we can prevent some people from going to prison simply by teaching them to read in the first grade. Keep that in mind when you consider whether a prison sentence is inevitable.

You say it is your impression that MT devoted her entire life to alleviating the suffering of the impoverished. I get that impression as well - from the media.

I also get, from the media, the impression that she was interested in souls not suffering, and that much of the money sent to her didn't get spent on the poor, and that much of what was spent on the poor was spent in an amateurish way.

Can you find her "Missionaries of Charity" at charitynavigator.org? Can you find information anywhere about their finances? Do you know whether the Vatican sent MT money? The other way around? Neither? Why should this be a secret?

Suppose it were your suffering at stake in this clip of
MT stand up comedy.


RonH

"I also get, from the media, the impression that she was interested in souls not suffering, and that much of the money sent to her didn't get spent on the poor, and that much of what was spent on the poor was spent in an amateurish way."

Wow RonH, I'm not necessarily a fan of the Catholic Church, but it seems like MT was able to assist with your education and suffering concerns, while focusing on souls. If this is amateurish, then what secular person is doing the professional job? Or is this more propaganda?

“Initially she started a school in Motijhil; soon she started tending to the needs of the destitute and starving.
Her efforts quickly caught the attention of Indian officials, including the prime minister, who expressed his appreciation.

Teresa wrote in her diary that her first year was fraught with difficulties. She had no income and had to resort to begging for food and supplies. Teresa experienced doubt, loneliness and the temptation to return to the comfort of convent life during these early months. She wrote in her diary:
Teresa received Vatican permission on 7 October 1950 to start the diocesan congregation that would become the Missionaries of Charity. Its mission was to care for, in her own words, "the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone.” It began as a small order with 13 members in Calcutta; today it has more than 4,000 nuns running orphanages, AIDS hospices and charity centers worldwide, and caring for refugees, the blind, disabled, aged, alcoholics, the poor and homeless, and victims of floods, epidemics, and famine.”
http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Mother_Teresa

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