Monday, March 3, 2008

My First Meme

Gee, I feel like my passport to the blogosphere has been officially approved. I just got tagged for my very first meme. Okay, so it was by Wheelie Catholic, who might be getting me back for threatening to laminate her most recent fortune cookie message. More likely, she's continuing to mentor me in the ways of all things blog.

Here are the rules for this book meme:
1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.

I'm at my desk, surrounded by books, but who cares what's on p. 123 of Roget's Thesaurus of the Bible. A brief moment of mid-Lent modesty prevents me from quoting from my own oeuvre. On the cabinet behind me is Richard G. Malloy's new book, A Faith that Frees: Catholic Matters for the 21st Century (Orbis).

What pops up on p. 123 suggests that the book review I read was in America and not First Things. Yes, I read both.

Three sentences from A Faith that Frees (p. 123):
"Cultural issues are historical, and to deal with such issues the church will have to appeal to transcultural and transhistorical method, the method based on the norm of authenticity. The question for Catholics in the twenty-first century is not, 'Did Jesus ordain women?' The question ought to be, 'Is Jesus Christ calling women to serve as ordained priests?' Canon law states that all the baptized, male and female, are free from coercion in choosing their vocation (canon 219). Does the refusal to test a woman's vocation to ordained ministry, de facto, constitute coercion?"
Right. More than three sentences. Here's another rule I'm not following: tagging five other people!


  1. I memed you before you made that comment about laminating my fortune cookie message (which is making me shudder....)

  2. I'm going to pretend that you tagged me! How's that for flouting rules? This is from a fun book called, "How to Talk So People Will Listen," by Steve Brown.

    "While that professor was wrong about the amount of time one needs to spend in sermon preparation, he was not wrong about the importance of preparation. As Louis Pasteur once said, 'Chance favors only the mind that is prepared.' President Nixon once told me that while talking to Winston Churchill's son, he told him how much he admired the prime minister's great ability at giving 'extemporaneous' speeches. Churchill's son replied, 'Oh, yes, I've watched my father work for hours preparing those extemporaneous speeches.'"

  3. I tagged your via the Holy Spirit!

  4. Merry,

    Even if I don't know what a meme is, I can follow the directions:

    From Heal Thy Self, Saki Santorelli, page 123.

    (about a woman wiht chronic fibromyalgia...)

    She says that she feels as if she is facing a wall. That, actually there are walls on all sides of her and that she is beginning to fell just how much of her life she has cut off and 'becoming numb to' in the process of trying to wall off and distract herself from her pain. She goes on to say that she is beginning to realize thate there is a direct relationship between physical and mental pain and that in her attempts to cope with her constant, uncomfortable physical condition, she has also cut herself off from her emotions and from the wellsprings of her life.



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