We do know, however, that there is an eternal now, and that is God, because He exists outside of time. He made time. He is unchangeable so time doesn’t “happen” to Him the way it does to us. He has no past or future. He is only present. He is “is.” Remember from the Bible? “I am that I am.” (Hang in there, girls.) When we die, we will go into the presence of the eternal now. All that will be left of time will be past and, because it can’t be changed, that is what God will judge us for. If we are good in the present, it is because we were good in the past. I think the problem with people in hell is that they can’t stop living in the past; they can’t escape it because they can’t give it up; they were too comfortable with who they were, and when at last it came time to see God, they were not able to be sorry for who they were, and so God left them in the “time” they loved so much. That is why God entered time as Jesus Christ, to show us how to use it.
I’m in the middle of a project, putting together some old poems and letters – whose composition spans a period of 30 years – in book form as a keepsake for my children, and which were written for those children. I can’t believe I gave a disquisition on Time for a six and an eight year old.
…atop the People Art page. It was supposed to be a study for a painting, until I realized how time-consuming it would be. Maybe someday.
I’ve also added some new music under the Rock and Country categories on that page.
There is a new excerpt from Witness up on the appropriate page. Probably the last.
Al Sharpton ought to be required to share his desk at Msnbc with this guy. Or maybe given the Chair of African-American studies at a major university, if there are any left:
Best known as the cute little blonde girl Lex in Jurassic Park, Ariana Richards seems to have left all that behind and is now an accomplished artist. Her last film was 1998′s Race Against Fear. Her film history is on this page, and her gallery is here.
Maggie Gallagher makes a plea both restrained and impassioned to the Pope and the Fathers of the upcoming synod on marriage and matters sexual:
… that strategy doesn’t work at all for the problem of divorced and remarried Catholics. Remarried Catholics cannot just go to confession for their sins, because they intend by their public act of remarriage to keep on sinning against their original vow…I have a confession to make of my own: This public debate within the Church saddens me, precisely because it was the Catholic Church’s teaching on life, sex, marriage, and especially divorce that pulled me back into the practice of my faith…In our whole postmodern culture, the only visible witness to the reality of the connectedness between sex and babies, between love, mothers, and fathers, that I saw was the Catholic Church…So, with the humility of a child, I beg of the Fathers of my Church: Do not do this to millions of other hungry human beings searching for meaning in our chaotic world. Do not make our lives and our marriages harder. Do not deprive any of our non-Catholic brethren, either, of this unique witness.
In the course of it she quotes Cardinal Kaspar, whose remarks are stunningly incoherent.
…on this page. Something I slapped together quickly to see how the Movie Maker in Windows 7 works. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it has abilities that the XP version did not, such as conversion to the MP4 and DVD formats, pan and zoom, and a few other things. This is good for picture clarity and fullscreen resolution. Of course, I’m watching on a Samsung hi-def 20 incher. I don’t understand people who spend all day on a mobile device.
…(I forgot to mention) is now online.
It contains lots of poetry and two fine essays, one philosophical on God’s relation to Time – by Lydia McGrew – and another poetic – by Beth Impson – about how, if you listen to a mockingbird sing, you might hear more than just a song.