Popop and Apps



Such a buzzword today… It’s even on dictionary.com:


/æp/ Show Spelled[ap] Show IPA

–noun Computers Informal . an application; application program.

1985–90; by shortening
There are a lot out there for our phones that are great time wasters, however, there are also a ton that are really great.  And free.
For instance, I came across one with each day’s Mass readings on it. 
Therefore, this is a blog entry for my grandpa, AKA Popop.  (He is quite versed in computers, but I do not believe he has ventured out into the phone app world…)  His favorite saint is St. Francis of Assisi, and, given that it was his day the other day, the Mass reading centered around him.  I found this to be a neat reflection on the day (there is always a ‘reflection’ included), so I’m posting it here:
Let us give thanks to the Lord, for his mercy lasts for ever.
St Thomas Aquinas (1225 – 1274)–  He was born of a noble family in southern Italy, and was educated by the Benedictines. In the normal course of events he would have joined that order and taken up a position suitable to his rank; but he decided to become a Dominican instead.
His family were so scandalised by this disreputable plan that they kidnapped him and kept him prisoner for over a year; but he was more obstinate than they were, and he had his way at last.  He studied in Paris and in Cologne under the great philosopher St Albert the Great. It was a time of great philosophical ferment. The writings of Aristotle, the greatest philosopher of the ancient world, had been newly rediscovered, and were becoming available to people in the West for the first time in a thousand years. 
Many feared that Aristotelianism was flatly contradictory to Christianity, and the teaching of Aristotle was banned in many universities at this time – the fact that Aristotle’s works were coming to the West from mostly Muslim sources did nothing to help matters. 
Into this chaos Thomas brought simple, straightforward sense. Truth cannot contradict truth: if Aristotle (the great, infallible pagan philosopher) appears to contradict Christianity (which we know by faith to be true), then either Aristotle is wrong or the contradiction is in fact illusory.
And so Thomas studied, and taught, and argued, and eventually the simple, common-sense philosophy that he worked out brought an end to the controversy. Out of his work came many writings on philosophy and theology, including the Summa Theologiae, a standard textbook for many centuries and still an irreplaceable resource today. Out of his depth of learning came, also, the dazzling poetry of the liturgy for Corpus Christi. And out of his sanctity came the day when, celebrating Mass, he had a vision that, he said, made all his writings seem like so much straw; and he wrote no more. 
Let us pray for the Holy Spirit to inspire us, like St. Thomas, to love God with our minds as well as our hearts; and if we come across a fact or a teaching that seems to us to contradict our faith, let us not reject it but investigate it: for the truth that it contains can never contradict the truth that is God.
It’s those last few lines that really stick out to me:  “let us not reject it but investigate it.”  So important to question, to learn more, and then we can more effectively and intelligently draw our own conclusions about any topic.  St. Thomas’ mindset applies across life’s encounters.  “…for the truth that it contains can never contradict the truth that is God.”
Along with that, I like this line:  “but he was more obstinate than they were, and he had his way at last”.  Fighting for what you know is right, adding to this the investigation part– You know you can stand by your reasoning because you have thought about it, learned about it, and drawn a conclusion.
We can all take parts of this– be it to hold firm to your beliefs, to question parts of life you don’t understand, and to know that keeping your faith strong is the cornerstone to moving toward your goals and convictions.   Staying true to God will keep us true to all parts of our lives.

About positivelykate

I love life. Really, really love life. This is a quote (one of multiple) by which I strive toward: "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." --Henry David Thoreau
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