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I have recently discovered a lost article from St. Thomas Aquinas’ and I have posted it below.

ST II: Q.179 a.3

Is it fitting for Christians to engage in skiing?

   It would seem that it is fitting for Christians to engage in skiing.

1. It is written in the Gospels that Christ himself often took to the mountains. Moses also ascended the mountains at time and by doing so grew closer to God.

2. It is fitting for Christians to engage in pleasurable activities especially if they provide an opportunity to experience God and contemplate the majesty of his creation.

3. Skiing provides opportunities for prayer as the individual hurtles down the mountain narrowly avoiding collisions with trees and other skiiers. In addition, the skiier is provided with the opportunity to realize the value of  human life as he offers prayers of thanksgiving upon reaching the base.

On the contrary. The book of Exodus says: Put limits for the people around the mountain and tell them, ‘Be careful that you do not go up the mountain or touch the foot of it. Whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death.

I answer. You will never get me down a mountain on flimsy skis carrying narrow poles.

Human life is a sacred gift from God and should be used for acts which lead to our ultimate end which is perfect happiness.  Skiing is contrary to that end because of the pain and injury which results. If you want to contemplate the beauty of creation you do not have to take your life in your hands or skis.

It is fitting to enjoy bodily delights if they will not cause a injury to the body or the soul. Skiing seems to fail in both respects as it often results in injury and as a result the injury takes the soul away from focusing prayer.

Reply to 1. While it is true that Jesus and Moses ascended mountains nowhere in Scripture does it state that they went barreling down the side of said mountain on flimsy wooden pieces of wood for the sheer joy of it.

Reply to 2. While pleasurable activities are fitting, consider the pain which results afterward. While the proximate end may seem at first to be fulfilled, it in fact leads one away from the remote end.  In addition, how much beauty and majesty can one take in while hurtling oneself down a mountain. It would seem that the beauty of creation would be nothing but a mere blur in passing,

Reply to 3. It is the precise value of human life which makes skiing a unfitting activity. You should not place your life at risk in order to offer thanks for God for saving it. Rather, you should value your body and your life as a gift from God and try to keep it in one piece.



As a 1930s wife, I am

Take the test!

Hmmm, interesting result. Definately not what I expected.

There is also a test for the men.

Tagged/stolen from Brian

The rules are:
1. The rules of the game get posted at the beginning.
2. Each player answers the questions about themselves.
3. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

What was I doing 10 years ago?
Discerning a religious vocation

Five things on my “to-do” list today
1. Attend Dean’s List reception
2. Write paper based on the Pew Religious Landscape Survey
3. Wash clothes
4. Buy batteries and install them in JP’s toys
5. Schedule all wedding rehearsals for 2008 and wedding liturgy planning meetings

Snacks I enjoy
Cupcakes, Brownies, Oreos, Lay’s Sour Cream and Onion Pototo Chips…shall I go on.

Things I would do if I were a billionaire
1. Pay off all my bills
2. Move out of my city
3. Buy a pipe organ for my parish
4. Create trust fund for J.P.
5. Set up a scholarship fund for Providence College theology majors.

Three of my bad habits
1. Procrastination
2. Staying up too late
3. Hypercriticism

Five places I have lived
1-4 Only ever lived in one city, but 4 different houses.

Five jobs I’ve had
1. Music director and organist
2. Religion Teacher
3. Church goods salesperson
4. Waitress
5. File Clerk

Five people I want to tag
1-5. The first five that read this

Can you count to 20 in Latin! I can.

Try for yourself here.

Ok, so it might be a stretch, but it is pretty funny.

From AOL Fan House:

A quick glance of the Yankees’ schedule in April reveals a pretty strange stretch: they’re on the road for almost three straight weeks from the 8th through the 28th, with a random two-game home stand jammed in the middle against the Red Sox on the 16th and 17th. That makes for an awful lot of traveling and some angry Yankees. But why is the schedule so funny?

Turns out Pope Benedict XVI is coming to Yankee Stadium to say a mass on April 20th, which required that weekend’s series with the Orioles to be flipped from New York to Baltimore. Since schedules are apparently incredibly delicate things, MLB didn’t flip any other series to accommodate the Yanks. The result is a schedule that requires them to be in Tampa on the 15th, New York in the 16th, and Baltimore on the 18th. That’s a bad week.

So the Pope is messing with their schedule, the Red Sox have won two World Series in the past four years, and Hank Steinbrenner is in charge. There’s only one conclusion to draw from this whole scenario, really. God hates the Yankees.

Stolen from the guys at Christus Vincit.

When you attended Providence College, where did you live?
Luckily for me, at home. I have never been one for the dorm environment. I like my privacy too much and the idea of sharing MY space with a stranger is very unsettling.

Who was/were your roommate(s)?
My husband and son. 😉

Do you still talk to them?
I hope so.

Ever get in trouble in the dorms?

Something you remember when you lived on campus?
Luckily, I never lived on campus, unless you count the numerous hours spent in the cafeteria and library.

Your campus phone number or other number?
If I tell you, you will call me.

First party attended?
Party? Did I mention I am a Catholic geek? I don’t have time for parties.

Favorite Pizza Place?
I can’t think of it name of it. I guess that shows how often I go there.

Favorite place to go out to eat?
The cafeteria – I hate giving up my parking space. I never know if I will get one when I get back.

Did you go to the library?
Yes, yes, and yes. I spend so much time there that people know exactly what corner to find me in.

What was your Favorite Floor you’d always be on?
2nd floor in the library (Theology section) or the theology library in the basement of Siena.

Where did you buy your books?
From the campus store (expensive), the off campus bookstore (poor selection) and Amazon (takes forever to ship).

Play any sports?
Extreme paper writing. lol!

Ever attend a sporting event?

Ever attend a concert or comedic performance?
No, but there have been a few that interested me.

Favorite professor(s)?
Yes – Despina Prassas, she taught a class called “Growth in Christian Life”. Don’t let the title fool you. This was a class on Sacraments in the Early Church. I came away from that class with a much deeper understanding of the continuity of the celebration of the Sacraments. I wrote my term paper on the use of Sacred Chrism in the rite of Baptism.

She really did so much more than just teach. She inspired me to take my theological study as far as I can. Because of her example, I hope to follow in her footsteps and someday teach theology.

Have you ever spent the night on campus not in a residence?

Favorite night to go out on, and where did you go?
Friday, usually out to dinner at some random restaurant.

Where did you buy your coffee?
Dunkin, cafeteria coffee is AWFUL!

Favorite Year of Halloween?

Favorite memory?
They time Dr. Barry really believed that I was a CDF official sent to his class to investigate him for theological orthodoxy. He was.

Go see a play or been in one?

What did you hate about your college?
The price, feeling like the only theology/ministry major, dealing with professors who are a little less than orthodox (99% have been very good, but there are bad apples in every bunch).

What did you love most about it?
Studying topics I am interested in.

Where would you believe is the best location to live?
Absolutely, the Suites.

Graduated or still attending?
Still attending. I start my junior year in May.

Year of graduation?
Will be 2010.

Will you go back?
To school, yes. To PC, probably not.

How many parking tickets have you gotten there?
None, so far.

Finally, ever gotten arrested?

Tag you’re it!

Tagged by Brian and Jason

1. You have to post the rules before you give your answers.
2. You must list one fact about yourself beginning with each letter of your middle name. (If you don’t have a middle name, use your maiden name or your mother’s maiden name).
3. At the end of your blog post, you need to tag one person for each letter of your middle name. (Be sure to leave them a comment telling them they’ve been tagged.)

I have a collection of middle names, so I will pick my first middle name.

M – Maria was the first name of both my grandmothers.

A – (St.) Anthony of Padua and I are related.

R – Rome is one of my favorite places in the world.

I – Incense should be used at every Mass.

A – Azores is where my father is from.

I tag the first FIVE people who read this.

I swiped this from Brian.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Wrap. Gift bags are too expensive.

2. Real tree or artificial?
Fake, real trees come complete with real bugs, and a real mess.

3. When do you put up the tree?
Usually at some time during the third week of Advent, but the tree went up this year before Advent even began. Why? Because JP wanted it up AND I already had the tree and decorations out because the plumber needed to get into the closet.

4. When do you take the tree down?
Around the feast of the Baptism of the Lord

5. Do you like eggnog?
Yes, but only certain ones. I have a fondness for the Hood Vanilla Eggnog.

6. Favorite gift received as a child?
A full size Yamaha piano. It was a lousy instrument, but I didn’t know how to play and was only 7 years old.

7. Do you have a Nativity scene?
Yes, but it’s not up yet.

8. Hardest person to buy for?
My husband.

9. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
A weird wall clock of the crucifixion.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards?
Mail, but there are some online friends I send e-cards to.

11. Favorite Christmas Movie?
I love the Nativity Story, but I also love National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

12. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
I started on Black Friday. Before you cringe, I went around 6 pm and the mall was empty. It was awesome and I got almost everything bought it one day.

13. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
Yes, shamefully I have.

14. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Hickory Farms Meltaways. I know…lame.

15. Clear lights or colored on the tree?
Clear. I can’t stand colored, especially if they blink.

16. Favorite Christmas song.
Gesu Bambino

17. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
We go to my aunt’s house and my in laws. Each are about 15 minutes away.

18. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer.
Yes, but only because Brian had them already written here. (Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and of course Rudolph).

19. Angel on the tree top or a star?

20. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
Christmas morning (if I don’t have an early Mass), but we open presents from my parents at their house on Christmas Eve.

21. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
The war of Christmas, people out Christmas shopping who seem to have forgotten everything that Jesus taught about loving neighbors.

I tag everyone who reads this.

H/T to the Ritualist.

Well, maybe not to a confessional near you, but it is a scary look at what may happen in some other denominations.

It’s also downright funny. Watch, laugh, and pray for vocations.

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