As I began these podcasts, I deleted the first one I did, for I said something I regretted, and thought, do I do this all over again? Re-takes take up a lot time, as the perusal of the biography of any actor will evince. Yet a visiting alumnus said to me, and I paraphrase – ‘just make the mistake part of your podcast’. And I thought, indeed. Something like a podcast has to be more spontaneous and free-flowing – fluens et incompleta, as we might say in theology of grace contained in the sacraments – and not a rigid, pre-programmed entity, an article read out verbatim. How boring might that be – and I’m not saying they’re exciting as it is. A work in progress. And, as Chesterton, quipped, if something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing badly. Which holds for many things. Not brain surgery, I would imagine, except in a real pinch.

So, as I learn and plod along, I will have to offer clarifications. Perhaps I overemphasized the drinking aspect in that last one, as I anticipate some of the joys of Easter, after a long, long Lent. God did give us wine, ‘to cheer man’s heart’ (Ps 104:15). Saint Paul advised Timothy to take a little ‘for the sake of his stomach’ (1 Tim 5:23). Then there’s Belloc, who rhymed:

‘Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine, there’s always laughter and good red wine; at least I have always found it so. Benedicamus Domino!’

Praise the Lord

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