05 May 2014

WZE Update

Hello all. Thank you for visiting Wondering Zygote Emeritus (WZE) blog for the last few months. My goal was to post all throughout Lent. It was mostly successful.

After reading a few books on blogging during that time, I'll be relocating my writing about Christianity and Pop Culture connections at another domain (perhaps start a podcast). I'll let you know the domain in a few months.

Please let me know what you think about the recent blog posts (the ones starting in January 2014) in the comments below. What do you like that should continue? What do you not like as much or what should be emphasized less within the topical framework of this WZE blog?

God bless you and yours.

23 April 2014

Violet & Daisy Movie Downplays Assisted Suicide Wacky Wednesday

***Spoilers Alert!*** The Sopranos: The Next Generation

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Violet & Daisy Movie Downplays Assisted Suicide

In all of the vi'lence displayed
It can make a crowd quite dismayed.
So when mercy's implied
In assisting to die,
It's hard to sort out when it's played.

Instead all the vi'lence congeals,
In my view, on that act which reveals
How they all do connect.
Vi'lence: all to reject.
Direct killing itself, stop its wheels.

vi'lence = violence

Atonement Movie Sets a Narcissistic Tone

***Spoilers Alert!*** Atonement is described by one author as a movie with "an attempted act of reparation [that] is exposed as narcissistic self-deception". Ouch. Sometimes the truth hurts.

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Self-deception is one of the things that Easter is meant to get us out of.

Behold! Awaken! Be amazed! We are not ultimately meant to be dirt, perishing in the ground. Instead, Jesus' resurrection is meant to focus our attention toward what God has in store for all of us, freedom.

What is the content of that freedom? The hope in that we will share in what Jesus has and has became. To be victorious over sin, corruption, and death as is it.

It can often be painful in the here and now, especially as our wickedness is wicked from our lives though our cross. But the finish line is there: the resurrected Jesus is holding it before us while he holds the true cross, the sign of our journey and victory.

In short, we should stop deceiving ourselves, shake off our sin with its self-absorption, and follow Christ to the cross and then onto resurrection.

18 April 2014

Meaning of Easter by Fr. Barron

Posting will resume after the first Sunday of Easter.

Have a Happy Easter!

In the meantime, Fr. Barron on the meaning of Easter.

Some points:
Jewish expectations after one dies.
Novel idea of encounter of betrayers and returning betrayed.
Novel idea to bring peace to Earth.

16 April 2014

Catholic Sister Confronted with Cultural Concoction Wacky Wednesday

A Catholic Sister presented the Church's teaching on same-sex attraction (SSA) at a Catholic High School and received negative feedback for touching on this controversial topic (as was described in this interview with a spokesman of the Catholic diocese where sister spoke). As part of her talk as a PhD expert, she spoke out about scientific studies regarding the genesis of same-sex attraction (the Church does not take an official position on said genesis).

This directly confronted western cultures' concoction that people with SSA are "born that way". There is research with large sampling back to Freud (see part I) that opposes this conclusion.

Catholic Sister Confronted with Cultural Concoction

A sister said matter-of-factly
That same-sex attraction is * stat'ly
Not simply a gene.
Becoming a queen
Starts other ways she said compactly.

stat'ly = statistically

15 April 2014

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Movie Shows Happiness is Found in the Truth

***Spoilers Alert!*** Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day was very well written. It had to be since there were dizzying twists and turns that naturally proceeded from webs of lies.

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Lies by every main character made them all personally miserable. It all changed when one was entranced by a word of truth (he's pictured above with Miss Pettigrew).

From that one true complement made from the heart of Miss Pettigrew about a beautiful scarf he designed, her life and the lives around her found new life in true (almost non-Hollywood-like) happiness.

Truth changes lives so that one can truly live. The Truth of Jesus' words changes lives in similar ways.

"The Glory of God is a human being fully alive!"

Hanna Movie Shows Human Commodity

***Spoilers Alert!*** The movie Hanna (2011) was quite disturbing. Hanna was quite literally made into a human killing machine.
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What was even more disturbing is that Hanna and many other in-utero children were genetically mutated to become human killers for (probably) the military. What is more, they were selected from babies that were going to be aborted in abortion-killing-chambers.

Catholic social justice starts with the belief that all humans from their conception (pre-, post-, and in-utero) have inherit worth. From this, no human can be made into a commodity for any reason.

Hanna's genetic manipulators (including her "father") knew this, but they did it anyway. It was clear in the movie that Hanna was to be terminated to keep their dealings secret.

If they knew genetic manipulation for creating human commodities was wrong, why did they do it? Did they think preborn humans were less valuable?

09 April 2014

Catholic Sister Disparaged for Catholic Marriage Talk Wacky Wednesday

This Wacky Wednesday was inspired by the article, "Charlotte [North Carolina, USA] diocese backs nun who gave school talk promoting Church teaching on homosexuality" by Kirsten Andersen.

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A sister said truth about marr'age.
Expectedly some had to disparage
The obvious truth.
She wasn't uncouth:
One man and his bride ride the carr'age.

There's someone else who took the risk;
The way it could sound was quite brisk.
His name now is Pope,
He said Satan's hope:
Gay marr'age turns brains into bisque *.

The bisque will have sev'ral key parts:
Confusion, half-truths a la carte.
Homofascists arise.
It's no big surprise:
The Church fights with Truth to change hearts.

* "Let's not be naive, we're not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God," wrote Cardinal Bergoglio [now Pope Francis] in a letter sent to the monasteries of Buenos Aires. "We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God."

For Google translation:
marr'age = marriage
sev'ral = several
carr'age = carriage