The exhortation the woman gives her friends should be taken to heart by everyone. “Don’t awaken love until it so desires.” It’s hard. It’s painful, yet it’s so beautiful and worth it. Don’t play with it, don’t play with people or their feelings. It’s such a profound statement, that she repeats throughout Song of Solomon. So take this encouraging advice. Wait on the Lord, trust him, and don’t arouse love until it so desires.
—  Notes / The Sage: Sex Talk (Bridgetown A Jesus Church)

if anyone needs me I’ll be over here laughing forever at the POI episode where the Machine was running simulations and had to “simplify” and suddenly everyone’s dialogue was just “witty retort” , “sarcastic remark”, “gentle exhortation to stay on task” just omgggg how did the actors even do that with a straight face I’m dying

Wherefore, I exhort you, when we receive children from the nurse, let us not accustom to old wives’ stories, but let them learn from their first youth that there is a Judgment, that there is a punishment; let it be infixed in their minds. This fear being rooted in them produces great good effects. For a soul that that has learnt from its first youth to be subdued by this expectation, will not soon shake off this fear. But like a horse obedient to the bridle, having the thought of hell seated upon it, walking orderly, it will both speak and utter things profitable; and neither youth nor riches, not an orphan state, not any other thing, will be able to injure it, having its reason so firm and able to hold out against everything.

St. John Chrysostom

You have forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as children:
“My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lord
or lose heart when reproved by him;
for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines;
he scourges every son he acknowledges.”
Endure your trials as “discipline”;
God treats you as sons.
For what “son” is there whom his father does not discipline?
At the time,
all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain,
yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness
to those who are trained by it.

So strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees.
Make straight paths for your feet,
that what is lame may not be disjointed but healed.

—  Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13

Without Walls (#wtsdevo outreach)

2 Timothy 4:2 says: “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.” As Christians, we are called to spread the Word to all nations and all peoples. That means that we cannot allow boundaries to be set on us, by both the world or ourselves, when determining where the Gospel goes. We are called to be a church without walls. So what does that mean? 

This means that in order for us to truly be able to reach all nations and people with the Good News of the Gospel, we cannot think of the church or foreign mission field as the only places which this can occur. Our mission field is our school, our city, our state, our country. It can be a group of 2-3 friends or hundreds of thousands of people. We cannot set for ourselves boundaries to the Word when we have the Creator of the universe as the power behind it. This verse in Timothy tells us that we have to be ready at all times to spread the Word. Both “in season and out of season” but we must be ready to spread this news with patience, not quick to anger or frustration. The best way to portray the Christ to other is through love, because Jesus love for us was the ultimate love and it is the only reason we have hope in life.


Devotional Series: Outreach (#wtsdevo outreach)

Posted by: Conner Folger\ Personal // Walk the Same

New Martyr Evgeny Rodionov of Chechnya (May 23)

As Hieromonk Joachim exhorts us at the end of his sermon on St Evgeny:
And may we, dear brothers and sisters, learn from Evgeny’s constancy, dignity and bravery to face and overcome our own daily temptations to betray Christ. May we bear our cross daily and NEVER, EVER be ashamed to wear our baptismal cross and be ready at all times to defend our holy Orthodox Christian Faith by living a holy life in accordance with the commands of Christ.

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Was just casually checking what some larries were saying about TMZ these days and saw this post from l*pelosa. When she says “yes,” she’s acknowledging that “Louis’ team” IS that stupid? Meaning the team they think is actually supporting Louis? The team that’s supposed to be ending “babygate”? The team that l*pelosa insists is Irving Azoff, who Larries constantly exalt to the skies, posting about his great career and how good he is at “managing chaos” and exhorting each other to trust him blindly?

But now they’re “so stupid” that they keep “unleashing” TMZ even though, according to Larries, TMZ supposedly “has no reason” to push these stories and is only posting celebrity baby news because of a later payoff (never mind that celebrity baby stories is literally what TMZ does).

Anyway, 10 days before the above post, she was saying this:

I can’t even keep up.

Or this:

TMZ: we have reporters constantly checking for stories in court records!


I just picked a random blog but I imagine you could search TMZ on any of the big larry blogs and go on a wild ride of hypocrisy and nonsense over the past month. They just keep telling themselves that whatever happen indicates whatever they most want to happen. That’s all Larrie “analysis” ever is.

Well, here’s a shocker: A new global study of women in their 30s found they don’t leave jobs because they’re worried about family obligations. They leave because employers won’t pay and promote them. “Surprisingly,” reads the report, “young women identified finding a higher paying job, a lack of learning and development, and a shortage of interesting and meaningful work as the primary reasons why they may leave.”

This is only surprising if you have never spoken to a woman in her 30s. Most women don’t have to be exhorted to care more about work or apply themselves more vigorously. They are all in — no lean about it. The problem is that, all too often, their efforts are not recognized, cultivated, and compensated in the way their male colleagues’ are. This is often spun into a complex issue that some of corporate America’s brightest minds have struggled to solve — the stuff of Supreme Court cases and contentious legislation.

Ann Friedman has three simple steps to retain women.

Those steps are “pay women more”, incidentally. All of them.

Also, protip to men reading this: If you’re talking to a woman, and she tells you the salary she’s being paid, and you think she’s not being paid enough, then absolutely do not under any circumstances harp on at her about how she’s being “taken advantage of”. Or whatever. Because she knows. Trust me, she knows. If she says, “I think I’m being underpaid” you can mildly agree with her and state that structural inequality is bullshit. But otherwise: shut the fuck up. Women do not need you to mansplain the wage gap to us–or, worse, “leaning in”–and there are a tonne of reasons why we take jobs that, to you, might seem “underpaid”. I can almost guarantee you that you do not have firsthand experience with what those reasons are.

But, dudes. If you think a woman is being underpaid, there is one thing you can do: get her a job that pays more. If you own a business, employ her. If you know someone who owns a business, pass her details along. This, is useful. It’s useful because it’s a tangible action that happens far less for women than it does for men. So do it! “Advice”: no.1 Action: yes!

Because, trust me; we’ve all had our fill of men’s “advice”.

  1. I once heard advice described as “the help you give when you don’t actually want to give any help.” Which… yeah. ↩︎

“We wish to draw your attention, Venerable Brethren, to this distortion of the Gospel and to the sacred character of Our Lord Jesus Christ, God and man, prevailing within the Sillon and elsewhere.

As soon as the social question is being approached, it is the fashion in some quarters to first put aside the divinity of Jesus Christ, and then to mention only His unlimited clemency, His compassion for all human miseries, and His pressing exhortations to the love of our neighbor and to the brotherhood of men. …

But for the realization of this temporal and eternal happiness, He has laid down with supreme authority the condition that we must belong to His Flock, that we must accept His doctrine, that we must practice virtue, and that we must accept the teaching and guidance of Peter and his successors.

Further, whilst Jesus was kind to sinners and to those who went astray, He did not respect their false ideas, however sincere they might have appeared.

He loved them all, but He instructed them in order to convert them and save them.

from: The Prophetic Words of Pope St. Pius X, Excerpts from: Notre Charge Apostolique


223 - Charlatans

He sits on a throne with smug confidence.
Skin in bright gold, eyes are reptilian marbles.
Lips are smeared with honey, tongue is virile red.
He exhorts his followers to purge inhibitions.
“Whatever you feel is Tao, and should be indulged.”
They scream, they sob, they dance madly.
“Yes! Yes!” he exclaims. “Whatever you do is Tao!”

There are all too many charlatans in spirituality these days. If you meet such self-proclaimed masters, you must be wary. If the way they present to you seems easy, it is probably false. Why should spirituality be any different than any other endeavor? Can you become a ballet dancer easily? Did you learn your job easily? Was it simple to graduate from school? Everything takes effort.

It does not stand to reason that spirituality will be established simply by sitting in the presence of a master. Yet people continue to fall victim to this logic. In mass gatherings, a mild hysteria and a herd mentality are cleverly exploited. A teacher will tell you that whatever you do is holy. Whatever is said, though, the teacher cannot claim to give you Tao.

Tao is only gained by the self. Masters are hard to find, and following the road takes solitary discipline. It takes daily work, so how could you get it at a rally? Indulgence is not Tao. True Tao cannot be gained without understanding and strength.

- Deng Ming-Dao

Thoughts on Routledge’s A Frequency Dictionary of Japanese

I’ve given this book a look-through, hoping it would be able to serve as a nifty reference for my research and work. To make that story short: it will be.

There are some curious things to note about the book, though:

1) The introduction is very thorough and is worth a read. It discusses the sources that the authors used when making the list and alludes to the ever enduring question of what is a word.

2) The entires are given in kanji (when commonly used) and romaji; but no kana. This is curious because the glossary/first index is ordered by kana, as one would expect from a Japanese dictionary. So regardless the readers are expected to know 1) the “kana order” and 2) what the entries would look like in kana.

3) Various conjugations are treated as words. Entry 3, for example, is た, which is there called a past auxiliary. You’ll also find う from the exhortative conjugation as well, amongst many others.

4) There are combinations of particles and verbs that are also treated as a single word as well. Entry 16, for example, is という, which is と and いう and I cannot for the life of me imagine that anyone actually believes that those are one word. Entry 125 is のではない, which is a particle, a verb, another particle, and another verb. 

5) There are spread throughout a  number of useful charts and tables that tell you how frequently alternate pronunciations are used and in what contexts for some words (for example, いう and ゆう) and thematic groupings of certain words, like Animals, for example. (I was surprised to see lion there translated as ライオン because the word that comes to my mind is 獅子, which may or may not be in popular use nowadays.)

6) The further you get into the book, the more “normal” it gets, in the sense that you stop seeing phrases and particles and verb endings and you just see your standard nouns and verbs and adjectives and adverbs.

7) Like all reference books, you may want to get your feet wet with the language through a primer or something like that before actually trying to use a book like this. But when you go get around to using this kind of thing, it’s often useful to just read it and find out how far down the list you have to go before you stop recognizing most of the words. Then you start making flashcards or what have you in order to learn all the words you need to know.

“Black spots”, chapter two

The ceiling had twelve big and medium stains and forty five isolated black spots. Marcos had already counted them many times but tonight he was spending his time doing a more enjoyable activity. He was holding Susana’s appointment book with his left hand, along a halfway cigarette. The right one had not moved in a while, because that supposed treasure he had found eight hours ago didn’t hide anything arousing.

Appointments for coffee, doctor (many, too many), work meetings, trips, periods (Marcos had already reckoned: quite regular, about every 29 days, except when she was about to travel, then it would come early), and a series of notes at the edge, as a kind of journal.

This was what stopped him from masturbating. They were a sort of self inflicted exhortations, “You are the best, keep it in mind”, “Monday, a new challenge!”, “no one can beat you”, “stay positive”, and the one that had him lose his boner for weeks, dated on the 16th of March: “I’m a princess and no orc deserves me”.

“Fuck”, he thought. “She’s completely stupid”.

But it didn’t matter because had already found what he wanted: her phone number, on the first page, next to her address, the one of her mother, her blood type, allergies: latex (Marcos cackled at this), her home phone number, and the one of the beach house: Sitges. Even the phone number of her doggie, Archie.

Marcos felt frustrated because because he had not come across what he expected in that precious object: her essence. Appointment books don’t smell like their owners, particularly if they are women, because they don’t carry them on their hand or against their chests inside their jackets, like men do. They reek of handbags, which is one of the worst stinking thing ever to exist: they smell like foul air, keys, money, sweat, dirty tissue and in the case of Sisi, baby towels.

Well. Appointment book two, Marcos’ dick zero.

It was three AM. Silvia was sleeping on the coach, because she used to come late from work, and she tried to respect his sleep (Marcos never told her he couldn’t sleep).

He put the appointment book away in the underwear drawer, its new home (Silvia once promised screaming that she would never wash or fold his clothes) and he fell asleep after ten minutes of thorough planning of the the following day.

Susana’s appointment book had appeared as a huge black spot in Marcos’ view that very morning, at twelve past eleven.

Until that moment everything had went on as usual: he arrived around half past ten and grabbed a newspaper (he used to carry a thin one under his jacket in case there was no one available but he preferred to pick the one on the bar). He opened it on a random page, which surprisingly often included an advertising of a local jamón store, he asked for a short coffee and there was nothing noticeable for a while.

White, white, whiteish, yellowish, yellow, boring.

At ten to eleven Susana arrived with her workmates. He recognized them by their voices, and also because they wouldn’t stop using each other names, Marcos hated people who wear out the names of the others.

Pablo, Paloma, Rubén, Fredo…

They sat down.

Susana stood up to pick some more sugar and check some magazines.

The experience and pedagogical wisdom of the Church ascribe an extraordinary educative significance to the “family”, the “school”, “work”, and the various kinds of “associations” and groups. This is a time for the relaunching of educative institutions and a moment to recall the irreplaceable educational role of the “family”, of which I had occasion to speak in the apostolic exhortation Familiaris Consortio. Education (or lack of it) in the family remains in fact a decisive factor for good, and unfortunately sometimes for evil; and on the other hand it is always indispensable to educate the younger generations to acquire from the family environment the responsibility for interpreting daily happenings in the light of the perennial teaching of he Gospel, without losing sight of the Gospel, without losing sight of the demands of a necessary renewal.
The central place of the family in the work of education at the present day ranks among the most serious of moral and social problems.