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:: Friday, August 13, 2004 ::

The Olympics, Rules of Life, and "They": Random Friday Musings

* The 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens officially begin today with what has become one of the most elaborate and expensive liturgical celebrations in history: Opening Ceremony Night. Interestingly, much of what we consider to be iconographic of the Olympics (the torch relay, the huge stadiums, the meticulously choreographed pageantry) are innovations introduced by the Nazis at the 1936 Games in Berlin.

* The 11 Rules of Life. I especially liked this one:

Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parents' generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Huw writes some pithy commentary on the rules.

* The acceptance and endorsement of homosexual relations in both the Catholic and Orthodox Church in Medieval Europe is "proven" in this "scholarly" text. Whew! I'm glad we got that cleared up.....Sheesh.

* I was just talking about this with someone the other day--The omnipresent "They"...

* Lord willing, we will celebrate the Feast of the Dormition this Sunday. A blessed Feast to all!

Update: Thanks to James, here is the famous sermon on the Dormition by St. Gregory Palamas.

:: Karl :: 7:38:00 AM [Link] ::

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