Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Some European Peoples and Places

Kind of a random list - I'm cleaning out old notebooks today...

Mont St. Michel

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

An Odd Word that Keeps Coming Up: Palimpsest

I first came across this word just a few weeks ago while watching a PBS NOVA program on an old Archimedes text discovered hidden under a medieval prayer book (talk about recycling!).

According to it means...

a parchment or the like from which writing has been partially or completely erased to make room for another text.
[Origin: 1655–65; derived from the Latin palimpséstus, derived from the Greek palímpséstos rubbed again (pálin again + pséstós scraped, rubbed, verbid of psân to rub smooth)]

Fr. Ronald Knox uses it in a sermon on the Holy Eucharist in which he discusses the Canticle of Canticles...

And that book, as we all know, is a kind of palimpsest, in which the saints of every age have read between the lines, and found there the appropriate language in which to express their love for God, God's love for them. (from "The Window in the Wall", found in Pastoral and Occasional Sermons, Ignatius Press).

Saturday, February 17, 2007

A Word Challenge

Hello All,

Dr. Thursday thought you might be able to help him with this word challenge and asked me to pass it along to you. Gilbertgirl? Margaret? Anyone? :)

Category: biology. I am seeking a general or class-word which means
"seasonal change", which might include words like "hibernate" and
"estivate", or things like "deciduous trees"; there are some animals
which change color or fur-thickness, etc depending on the season. Is
there such a word, and if so, what is it? If there isn't, suggest one
from the classical sources (Greek/Latin).

Another favorite word...


Wednesday, February 14, 2007

More Greek Theology Words

We learned these three words in Fr. Mateo's Refuting the Attack on Mary. They are used to formally define the difference in honor/veneration given to God and to the Saints. That such terms exist for these definitions might be helpful in explaining Catholic belief to those who think that Catholics worship Mary and the Saints...

latria - Adoration - supreme worship given to God alone.

dulia - veneration and invocation (quite simply - asking them to pray for you!) offered to saints and angels

hyperdulia - special category for Our Lady - the highest veneration and invocation offered to a created being