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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

     “A foolish woman is noisy; she is wanton and knows no shame. She sits at the door of her house, she takes a seat on the high places of the town, calling to those who pass by, who are going straight on their way, ‘Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!’ And to him who is without sense she says, ‘Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.’ But he does not know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of hell.” (Prov 9: 13-18)

     Here, at the end of Chapter 9 of Proverbs, “foolishness” or “folly” is personified as a woman, – just as the opposite of “foolishness,” that is, “wisdom,” is also personified as a woman, at the beginning of this same chapter, – to put our p.c.-sensitivities to rest. “Foolishness” can also be defined as “sin” in genera...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Look carefully then how you walk, not as the unwise but as the wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, in which there is debauchery; but be filled in the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart, always and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.” (Eph 5: 15-20)

In this well-known passage of Ephesians, before St. Paul goes on to instruct wives to be subjected to husbands (5: 22ff), and slaves to obey their masters (6: 5ff), the Apostle underlines an oft-overlooked aspect of what he is saying: historical context. Make the most, he...

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