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    • But the names that are popping up as intruging Texas, such as Dantonio and Stanford‘s David Shaw, would indicate Patterson sees value in a polished, high-integrity, no-nonsense coach.
    • So who is the Eleventh Doctor? He’s willing to spend centuries unspooling a mystery. He bonds with little children, but can be kind of a jerk to adults.
    • He’s kind of obstinately whimsical.
    • He’s a tinkerer who loves to make toys. He likes to shout at spaceships. All of these elements are on full display in “Time of the Doctor.”
    • Meanwhile, the Doctor’s old friend Tasha Lem knows that if the Doctor does speak his name and the Time Lords come back, there will be a whole new Time War. So she turns her church into the Church of the Silence, dedicated to keeping the Doctor from speaking. And one part of that church goes back and causes basically the entire plot of seasons five and six, blowing up the TARDIS and sending River Song to assassinate him and stuff.
    • There is a lot of stuff that’s covered in shorthand in this episode, because Steven Moffat wants to wrap up three seasons’ worth of stories.
    • The Doctor escapes from being erased by the Crack in season five, because he tells Amy a story about the madman and his blue box, and embraces the idea that “we’re all stories in the end.
    • So all of this four-year story has been about undoing the Time War’s legacy and bringing back the Time Lords.
    • In any case, the point of this whole story, since “The Eleventh Hour,” has been to maneuver the Doctor into undoing his biggest crime, and remove a stain from his shining armor.
    • Both showrunners love romance tinged with innuendo, the Doctor as tragic figure, and a certain kind of epic-story formula.
  • The dreams God has placed in your heart may seem impossible. Be bold and say, “God, you promised it, now I’m asking you for it.”

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  • Students raising guiding dogs for the blind at the Technion. http://t.co/kGfhJDj1Ze

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    Wishing all my @roguerunning friends a Merry Christmas from the Lakefront Trail! True Chicagoans #JFR! http://t.co/9y3918imo5

  • Snowmen pancakes with bacon scarves. Merry Christmas! http://t.co/mRPKXIx24A

  • Welcome back Clint, and a Merry Christmas to one and all! #coyw #ffc http://t.co/hxSZVGOlH5

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    • A. Psychological Approach to the Dogma of the Trinity
    • ay they are “attempting to identify the rider for potential charges.”

      Adding insult to injury, German officials are calling it a “petty offense.” (Don’t they know it’s cold in Germany?)

    • It is explained in the lecture that follows this play that the story is a lesson in fidelity to one’s word, and in the brevity of life.
    • In the following we shall deal with several separate approaches to the greatest of the  Christian mysteries. Some of these may contradict each other, while others tend to  complement one another, and still others will restate truths present in other approaches.



    • Christendom made it into dogma that Jesus mystically changed these substances into  his body and blood and gave authority to his apostles to perform the same sacred miracle  until the end of time. The
    • The Eucharist became a mere memorial meal, a sign rather than a symbol.
    • The mind is the slayer of the real; numinous myth and transcendental mystery  cannot survive rationalism, whether in the form of Aristotelian theology or in the shape  of the modernism of Hans Küng and his fellows. Dogma is the murder of mystery, even if it  takes centuries for the victim to die.
    • The mysteries in the pre-Christian era were elaborately devised ritual dramas contrived  to intensify the spiritual transformation of the initiate. They were usually patterned  after the mythic life, death, and resurrection of a particular deity to whom the mystery  was dedicated. The candidate was usually made to symbolically undergo certain events in  the life story of the hero. This is still evident in the initiation rituals of  Freemasonry, particularly in the sublime degree of Master Mason, where the candidate  undergoes the death and rising again of the Masonic hero Hiram Abiff
    • “The Mass is arranged upon a plan so well  conceived that everything done by Jesus Christ or concerning Him, from His Incarnation to  His Ascension, is there largely contained either in words or in actions, wonderfully  presented.”
    • The  great fault of non-Gnostic Christianity has always been to reduce myth with a meaning to  history with a moral, and this is what happened to the Mass at the hands of the  theologians.
    • The ancient Gnostics  for the most part seem to have held that Jesus was a human being who, very much like a  hero in the pagan tradition, became divine as a result of his spiritual virtue.
    • Jesus the  hero became Christ the God. (This event is said to have been finalized, as it were, on the  occasion of the baptism of Jesus in the river Jordan, which was called the Epiphany, or  the manifestation of Christ to the world.)
    • In the church calendar the events of the  life of Jesus are relived, from Christmas to Ascension and beyond.
    • And the celebration of the  Eucharist is a daily reenactment of this same drama, fortified by the mystical communion  one may partake of with the hero himself.
    • Only Gnosis, experienced within the Gnostic tradition, discloses this fact to us in all  its promise and wonder.
    • While  magic may be anathema to the rationalist, it is an old friend to the lover of myth and  ritual.
    • With his paranormal faculties Leadbeater perceived certain  recurring patterns of forces not ordinarily visible that manifested at each celebration of  the Eucharist. The pattern seemed to organize itself into a form that described as a sort  of structure resembling a spire or cupola.
    • While perusing the abbot’s  files he discovered a drawing prepared some years before by a rural seer, representing a  form clairvoyantly perceived by the seer every time the Mass was said in the village  church. Some six or seven years later the writer discovered a representation of the  “Eucharistic edifice” in Leadbeater’s book. It matched the Austrian one in eerie  detail!
    • Jung emphasizes that those involved in the celebration of the Mass are ministering  causes of the divine event.
    • But when humans become the ministering agents of divinity, having mystically  sensed that divinity wants to manifest itself through humanity, then we are dealing with  high magic.
    • Wherever the [low] magical aspect of a rite tends to prevail, it brings the rite nearer  to satisfying the individual ego’s blind greed for power, and thus breaks up the mystical  body of the Church into separate units. Where on the other hand, the rite is conceived as  the action of God himself, the human participants have only an incidental or  “ministering” significance.2
    • Humility in the face of transcendence; this is Jung’s great characteristic as a man,  and it is also his advice to us. “The hammer cannot discover within itself the power  which makes it strike,” as he remarked in the essay quoted above.
    • It’s surprising to me that RapGenius, a company with $15 million in financing, would openly execute such a frugal strategy for their link-building efforts. There are many consulting firms and savvy internet marketers that specialize in this work. We’ll see what Google decides for their efforts.

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