Tuesday, 1 September 2015

An Offer You Must Refuse!

I am currently reading Surely You're Joking, Mr Feynman!, a collection of autobiographical sketches by the great physicist Richard Feynman.

There are many lovely anecdotes, including the one where two Universities are in a Dutch auction for him, and he decides simply to stay put at Caltech. Later, a third tries to bribe him away, and he won't even let them tell them how much salary they want to offer him. 

A week later, he gets a letter, quoting a huge salary, and he replies: 'After reading the salary, I've decided I must refuse. The reason I have to refuse a salary like that is I would be able to do what I've always wanted to do - get a wonderful mistress, put her up in an apartment, buy her nice things... With the salary you have offered me, I could actually do that, and I know what would happen to me. I'd worry about her, what she's doing; I'd get into arguments when I came home, and so on. All this bother would make me uncomfortable and unhappy. I wouldn't be able to do physics well, and it would be a big mess! What I've always wanted to do would be bad for me, so I've decided I can't accept your offer.'

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You can see why he was a great mind!

Keeping Your Kids Catholic (ix)

Here are the next links to my old series on Keeping Your Kids Catholic over at the Catholic Dads' wwwsite.

A Great Paradox

Boyfriends and Girlfriends

Off To Chartres

Back From Chartres

Living In The World




Monday, 31 August 2015

Keeping Your Kids Catholic (viii)

It is fascinating for me (even if for nobody else) to re-read these old posts from the  Catholic Dads wwwsite. The first of today's links is particularly interesting, as Bernie has now finished University, had a year of travelling, and is leaving home this week to move away and start her first proper (as opposed to holiday) job. The second, and indeed the fifth, are also given a new perspective by the fact that Ant is now happily married.  

Bernie Hits 18

Difficult Conversations

YouCat

Teaching Modesty

Vocations


Sunday, 30 August 2015

EF Masses in September in Lancs Diocese

Mass times for September

Sunday September 6th Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
St Peter's Cathedral, Lancaster 3.00 pm
St Walburge, Preston 10.30 am, Sung Mass 
St Mary Magdalene, Leyland Road, Penwortham 8.30 am 
St Catherine Labouré, Stanifield Lane, Leyland 11.30 am
Our Lady & St Joseph, Carlisle 6.00 pm 

Sunday September 13th Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
St Walburge, Preston 10.30 am, Sung Mass
St Mary Magdalene, Leyland Road, Penwortham 8.30 am 
St Catherine Labouré, Stanifield Lane, Leyland 11.30 am
Our Lady & St Joseph, Carlisle 6.00 pm 
        
Monday September 14th The Exultation of the Holy Cross
Our Lady & St Joseph, Carlisle 7.30 pm 

Saturday September 19th Votive Mass of the Blessed Sacrament
Our Lady & St Joseph, Carlisle 8.00 am

Sunday September 20th  Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
St Walburge, Preston 10.30 am, Sung Mass
St Mary Magdalene, Leyland Road, Penwortham 8.30 am 
St Catherine Labouré, Stanifield Lane, Leyland 11.30 am
Our Lady & St Joseph, Carlisle 6.00 pm 

Sunday September 27th  Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
St Walburge, Preston 10.30 am, Anniversary of the Dedication of the Church. Pontifical Low Mass and Confirmations celebrated by Bishop Michael Campell OSA
St Mary Magdalene, Leyland Road, Penwortham 8.30 am 
St Catherine Labouré, Stanifield Lane, Leyland 11.30 am
Our Lady & St Joseph, Carlisle 6.00 pm

Sunday September 23rd  Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
St Walburge, Preston 10.30 am, Sung Mass
St Mary Magdalene, Leyland Road, Penwortham 8.30 am 
St Catherine Labouré, Stanifield Lane, Leyland 11.30 am
Our Lady & St Joseph, Carlisle 6.00 pm

Sunday September 30th  Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
St Walburge, Preston 10.30 am, Sung Mass
St Mary Magdalene, Leyland Road, Penwortham 8.30 am 
St Catherine Labouré, Stanifield Lane, Leyland 11.30 am
Our Lady & St Joseph, Carlisle 6.00 pm
                 
Shrine Church of St Walburge, Preston 
Sundays: 10.30 am, Sung Mass

Mondays – Fridays: 12 noon, Low Mass (except First Friday 7.00 pm) Saturdays: 10.30 am, Low Mass

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Keeping Your Kids Catholic (vii)

Here is the next exciting selection from my old Keeping Your Kids Catholic series at the Catholic Dads wwwsite.

Lent

Matrimonial Accord (about Hamsters)

Red Nose Day

Challenging the TV Culture

Sacred Language

The usual apologies apply re the unseasonality of the post on Lent.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Keeping Your Kids Catholic (vi)

My continuing trek through the archives of my posts on the Catholic Dads' wwwsite of some five years ago, on the subject of Keeping Your Kids Catholic.

Teaching about Right and Wrong

Imagination and Faith

Stories

Why Bother Praying?

Educating in the Virtues



Thursday, 27 August 2015

Keeping Your Kids Catholic (v)

Here is the next selection of historic posts from my series on the Catholic Dads' wwwsite, on Keeping Your Kids Catholic.

The Language of Faith

A Family Christmas

Family Time

The Lord of This World

Priest, Prophet and King

Again, I apologise for the unseasonality of a post about Christmas in the middle of the summer, but the previous explanation must suffice...