Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
28 July 2008
Some major projects:
Rehabilitating fifty nightstands, yes fifty (sanding and painting with mold resistant paint)
Building replacement Adirondack chairs (last year many were lost in the mold battle)
Tearing apart a defunct and incredibly funky old shower room
Tearing down an old fuel shed on the beach and gutting another
Continuing to get rid of any carpet or upholstered furniture in mold prone areas
Painting the second floor of one of the houses
Cleaning the chapel and re-securing some of the pews (the temperature changes warped some of the wood and broke a few brackets)
Official vacation starts Wednesday.
21 July 2008
The Angelic Doctor clearly understands the virtue of recreation. Who am I to ignore his advice? Let the recreation commence: tomorrow, Batman on Imax; Wednesday, Cedar Point; Friday, Omena for a variety of water sports, bonfires, and fellowship. And whether mirth, work, or study it is all for the Greater Glory of God.
I answer that, In human affairs whatever is against reason is a sin. Now it is against reason for a man to be burdensome to others, by offering no pleasure to others, and by hindering their enjoyment. Wherefore Seneca [Martin of
, Formula Vitae Honestae: cap. De Continentia] says (De Quat. Virt., cap. De Continentia): "Let your conduct be guided by wisdom so that no one will think you rude, or despise you as a cad." Now a man who is without mirth, not only is lacking in playful speech, but is also burdensome to others, since he is deaf to the moderate mirth of others. Consequently they are vicious, and are said to be boorish or rude, as the Philosopher states (Ethic. iv, 8). Braga
-St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica Secunda Secundae Partis Q168 A 4
16 July 2008
My time in Peru was on the whole wonderful though not especially easy. The people, especially the Jesuits were remarkably warm and welcoming. They opened up new realities of culture and the Church to me that I had never before considered.
I've come to realize just how dependent I am on the American way of doing things, everything from traffic laws to potable drinking water to good government. As much as Americans complain about the state of our government, and have the right to complain, compared with most of the world our country runs remarkably well and after even my short time in Peru, I am particularly grateful for my native land.
Task one have arrived in Detroit is working through the pile of laundry that has accumulated from the Peru trip and my trip home and to Chicago which immediately preceded Peru. On these occasions I'm especially motivated to simplify, besides the spiritual benefits I'd have less to wash.
12 July 2008
03 July 2008
Last night there was a power outage, our fourth since arriving here. Rather than sitting at home in the dark all night we decided to head out into the city. The picture is of seven happy Jesuits at Lima's waterpark, which is really quite impressive. It's a collection of fountains, some quite large, choreographed with music, lights, and video. A good time was had by all, and when we got back home the lights were on.