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Albertus Magnus, Doctor Universalis

Today, the 15th of November, is the feast day of St. Albertus Magnus, teacher of Thomas Aquinas, known in his day as the Universal Doctor for his range of writings, beatified in the 17th century and, in 1931, canonised and declared patron saint of SCIENCE! He is credited with the discovery of arsenic, making him the first known discoverer of a chemical element; although so great was his reputation that many mediaeval alchemical texts were falsely attributed to him in the hope of attracting a larger audience.

I wished to mark the day by posting by posting a slightly frivolous hymn about doing SCIENCE! that I wrote a while back, but, alas! I cannot afford decent recording equipment. Until I can acquire some, here’s a provisional version recorded using a webcam.

St. Albertus Magnus, ora pro nobis! And especially for me, as I need to get cracking on some science-related programming tasks today; I am easily distracted, and it is not to the glory of God if I fail to perform my appointed tasks through lack of focus.

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News Items

Scientist suggests Last Supper was on Wednesday: a metallurgist (not biblical scholar, so take with appropriate grain of salt) claims that the reason the Synoptic Gospels and John disagree on whether the Last Supper was Passover or the day before Passover is related to there being two different calendars in use; and that too much stuff happens between Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion to fit in one night. His final conclusion is that the Last Supper was on Wednesday the 1st of April, 33 AD.

I know what you’re thinking. I’m thinking the same. There’s got to be a theological angle in that date, somewhere. How about: Jesus surrenders himself into the power of the Devil on April the 1st, is arrested, suffers under Pontius Pilate, is crucified, died and is buried. Descending into Hell, the demons bring him before the Devil in chains (accompanied by Dismas the thief, who’s all like “dude, didn’t you say I’d be with you in paradise?”). Satan asks gloatingly, “So, what do you have to say for yourself now, o allegedly Almighty?”

To which the Lord replies: “APRIL FOOLS!”, casts off his chains, curbstomps the Devil and harrows Hell.

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Scientific experiment detects transitions between gravitational quantum states. Whoa. This is a pretty huge deal.

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Recollections of an unsuccessful suicide bomber: Lord, have mercy.

“The Taliban prayed all the time and read the Koran, so I thought they were good people. My heart told me to go and train with them.”

“The heart is deceitful above all things” (Jer. 17:9) – a good reminder to be very, very wary of “listening to your heart” and letting your emotions drive you.

(Not sure about the propriety of using such ghastly events to teach trite moral lessons, but… better that some even trivial good should be derived from such things than not.)

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