Finally, Someone Has the Courage to Tell the Truth About Exercise

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Here’s the headline:

Exercise is hilarious, says Death

Death said: “All this chitter chatter about low-impact, high-impact, yadda yadda.  “I’ll get you all just the same. “Seeing you in your gymnasiums bouncing along on those machines, how stupid you look.  “Ha ha ha.”

Brilliant.  Thanks to Chris Tilling for sharing it on FB.

Quote of the Day

Luther’s death mask

The summons of death comes to us all, and no one can die for another. Every one must fight his own battle with death by himself, alone. We can shout into another’s ears, but every one must himself be prepared for the time of death, for I will not be with you then, nor you with me. — Luther

Where I Spent My Morning…

With a couple of Funeral Directors up the hill for a Funeral.

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How’d you spend your morning…  Because sooner or later, you’re going to end up in such a place and someone will be trying to comfort your family too. Or in the words of Ps 39:4- “O LORD, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!”

Luther’s Last Words

Dr Martin Luther

“Nobody can understand Vergil in his Bucolics and Georgics unless he has first been a shepherd or a farmer for five years.

“Nobody understands Cicero in his letters unless he has been engaged in public affairs of some consequence for twenty years.

“Let nobody suppose that he has tasted the Holy Scriptures sufficiently unless he has ruled over the churches with the prophets for a hundred years. Therefore there is something wonderful, first, about John the Baptist; second, about Christ; third, about the apostles. ‘Lay not your hand on this divine Aeneid, but bow before it, adore its every trace.’

“We are beggars. That is true.”  These were the last thoughts of Dr. Martin Luther on the day before he died.  –  Table Talk

Health Paranoia

New Zealand postage stamp, 1933: Public health.

NPR aired a couple of reports this morning about health issues: one on all those supplements people take and the other on the gluten free craze.  Both made the point that in most cases the use of supplements and avoidance of gluten are completely unnecessary and may indeed- in the case of supplements- be harmful.

So why do people feel compelled to supplement?  It has, doubtless, to do with our national fear of disease and ultimately death.  People are scared to death of death and illness.  So we tell ourselves the lie that if we just take this or that pill, all will be well and we will live until we are 200 and die with healthy minds and bodies.  But of course that’s just nonsense.

Certainly we should take care of ourselves.  But our unnatural (!) fear of death is itself unhealthy.  Death is coming.  Rather then spend the whole of life attempting to avoid it or denying it’s imminence, perhaps we should instead prepare for it.  Then we wouldn’t live lives so filled with fear and paranoia.

It’s Better to Pray to God than to a Saint or at some Shrine

Because you don’t have to go on pilgrimage to pray to God. And the consequences of trudging off to a spot of idolatry can be hazardous to your health…

Man on Pilgrimage of Thanks after Recovery from Car Crash is Run Over And killed after only a mile into his journey. How very unfortunate: A year earlier, he had been injured in a road accident and made a full recovery. So the man decided to make a pilgrimage to a shrine to give thanks for his survival – only to be knocked down and killed by a car less than a mile into his trek. The 40-year-old Spanish man died instantly after being hit by the vehicle just 20 minutes into his journey. Two women walking with him wer … Read More

via Fr Stephen’s Blog

The High Cost of Parental Squabbling

Parents who are separating or divorcing often (sadly) use the kids as weapons against one another.  It’s always wrong.  It’s never right.  And when it ends in murder, it’s purely evil.

The bodies of a missing 2-year-old Sacramento girl and her father were discovered last night in the man’s vehicle, nearly a week after he took her during a child custody dispute, authorities say. Madeline Samaan-Fay and Mourad “Moni” Samaan, 49, were found dead in his green Toyota 4Runner in a rural area near Placerville, about 45 miles northeast of the capital.

Cause of death is still undetermined.  Still, given the situation it isn’t too hard to guess.  Dad killed daughter so the child’s mother couldn’t have her.  Parents using their children against the real object of their hatred…  it’s just another manifestation of the greatest of all human sicknesses, pervading every atom of our persons, total depravity.

Enough is Indeed Enough

Forrest Jones was a burly, 235-pound lineman whose life was cut short when he overheated during a voluntary workout for the upcoming high school football season. His body cooked, his organs shut down and he passed away Tuesday after trying futilely to hang on for just over a week in the hospital.

Tragically, he’s not alone. In just the past week, three other high school players across the South have died in a record-breaking heat wave. Plus, an assistant coach in Texas succumbed to blistering temperatures that have regularly topped 100 degrees.  Enough’s enough.  It’s time for everyone — kids and coaches alike — to lose the macho attitude.

Quite true.  Don’t let your child become a corpse simply for the sake of a sport.  It isn’t worth it.

We all know football is a tough game played by tough people. That’s not going to change. Heck, we wouldn’t have it any other way. But there’s nothing wrong with sitting out the next play, nothing wrong with taking an extra sip of water.

Forrest Jones would probably be alive today if he’d taken that message to heart.  “He showed the signs. He needed to tell ’em, ‘I’m tired,'” his father said. “We really need to get across to these kids that it doesn’t make them a weak person to tell the coach you’re tired and you need a break. It makes you a better person.”

But attitudes are always the most resistant to change.  The day before Forrest Jones died, high schools across Georgia officially started football practice in the midst of one of the hottest summers on record. Who knows how many kids felt nauseous or lightheaded but just played their way through it?

If you feel sick, kids, sit down for a while in the shade, drink a bottle of water, and tell someone you aren’t well.  For your health’s sake and potentially for your life’s sake.

Parents, you owe it to your children to read every line of the essay linked to above.

Christians Keep Being Targeted in Iraq

Barbaric murderers.

Via Yahoo News: Kirkuk, Iraq – Fifteen people were wounded on Tuesday by a car bomb targeting a Syrian Catholic church in Kirkuk in northern Iraq, a police officer and a priest said. The bomb exploded at the Holy Family church in the north of Kirkuk at about 5:30 am (0230 GMT), wounding 15 people including church staff and people in neighbouring houses, the high-ranking officer in the Kirkuk police said. The officer, who spoke on condition of … Read More

via Fr Stephen’s Blog

Horror: The Dead Football Players

A rising ninth grade football player at Lamar High School collapsed on the field Saturday and was pronounced dead at a hospital later in the evening.  TyQuan Brantley, 14, was practicing with his team for an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes, not wearing pads on the second day of practice.  As he was leaving the field for the day, the young man collapsed. The coaches called 911 immediately, and he was transported to a hospital but died at the hospital around 7 p.m. Saturday evening.

So sad.  So dreadfully sad.  The moral?  Sometimes, it’s just too hot and humid to play a game!  But when will schools and coaches learn that simple lesson?  Never, apparently.

A high school community in Broward County is mourning the death of a football player who died after collapsing at practice Tuesday.  Sixteen-year-old Isaiah Laurencin will never be able to fulfill his dreams to become a professional football player. “Isaiah pushed himself because he loved the sport. He wanted to be a professional football player,” said his aunt Erica Holmes.  Laurencin collapsed during football practice at Miramar High, just after 5 p.m. Tuesday. His coach called 911, and the teen was transported to Memorial Regional West. “By that time, he already went into cardiac arrest, but when the ambulance got there, they got his pulse back and transferred him to Memorial Regional West,” said Holmes.

Parents, you’re going to have to take charge of your child’s well being.  If it’s too hot out, don’t let them practice.  Their lives are worth more than a game.

Alcohol Related Deaths in America

Alcohol … ranks at the dangerous end of the toxicity spectrum. So despite the fact that about 75 percent of all adults in the United States enjoy an occasional drink, it must be remembered that alcohol is quite toxic. Indeed, if alcohol were a newly formulated beverage, its high toxicity and addiction potential would surely prevent it from being marketed as a food or drug.

It’s a shame the little 14 year old didn’t know this. So tragic. Indeed, I can hardly think of anything worse happening to a child.

A slumber party turned tragic when the parents of 14-year-old Takeimi Rao found their daughter dead after drinking soda mixed with vodka with three friends on Saturday night.  Officials said that Takeimi’s mother, Aleae Pennette, took the girls out for burgers for dinner on Saturday. At 2 a.m., Pennette woke up to find three of the girls throwing up, but she helped clean them up and put them back to bed.  Takeimi had not thrown up, cops said.  “She thought they had eaten something bad and were sick from the food,” said Lt. Dennis O’Leary of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department.  But in the morning, Takeimi of Santa Rosa, Calif. was found passed out on her bedroom floor. Paramedics came to the house and pronounced Takeimi dead at the scene.  A cause of death has not been confirmed, but police believe she likely died from alcohol poisoning.

Again, so tragic.  Alcohol is a poison.  Were American social policy not dictated by the love of money, Prohibition would have ‘stuck’.  Since it didn’t, hundreds of thousands have since then suffered alcohol’s consequences.

Quote of the Day

Like the author of the Garden of Eden narrative in Genesis, all peoples take for granted that humans are by nature immortal and that it is death, not immortality, that requires explanation.  It is death that seems an unnatural thing. —  Cornelis Tiele

Sudden Adult Death Syndrome?

I confess, I’ve never even heard of such a thing.  SIDS, sure.  SADS?  Nonetheless, it’s a tragic reality as the Telegraph demonstrates:

A teenager [sic!] girl collapsed and died from sudden adult death syndrome (SADS) minutes after she was kissed her for the first time, an inquest has heard. Jemma Benjamin, 18, was kissed by fellow university student Daniel Ross, 21, at his home after a night out together. But Miss Benjamin suddenly slumped onto the sofa – and died in front of Mr Ross’s eyes. The inquest heard Jemma died from SADS, a rare heart condition which kills 500 people in Britain each year. Mr Ross, who had known Miss Benjamin for three months, tried desperately to save her before paramedics arrived on the scene. But the inquest heard nothing could have be done for Miss Benjamin, who was described as a “picture of health”. Mr Ross told police that he and Miss Benjamin had been friends for three months – but that was the first time they had kissed.

God bless that poor boy. Trauma is the only fitting word. Or sadness. For him, and for her, and her family. It goes to show you though, you never know. One minute you’re fine and the next minute you’re dead. With no apparent intervening warning.

Life is a tenuous thing.

Not Being Buried Alive: Another Reason I’m Glad I’m Going to the Body Farm

The Premature Burial

Being buried alive isn’t for me.  I’d die if I woke up in a coffin

A woman being prepared for burial gave funeral parlour workers quite a shock when she came to life inside her coffin.  Maria das Dores da Conceicao, 88, is currently hospitalised in the intensive care unit of the Municipal hospital which declared her officially dead a few days ago.  The Brazilian’s body movements and breathing, spotted in her coffin at a local funeral parlour, resulted in the coffin and body being rushed back to the hospital, where she is recovering in the intensive care ward.

Personally, I’d prefer to die in my sleep.  I have absolutely no interest at all in either being buried alive nor burned to death.  Come to think of it, I don’t want to drown either.  Or die in a fiery crash on land or air.  I’d also not like to be shot or stabbed.  Neither would I like to go with a massive heart attack or linger with some horrid cancer.

No, for me I choose a simple and stately passing- surrounded by loved ones, muttering words of final insight, and then seeing heaven and Jesus standing to welcome me home (with Zwingli and Calvin right next to him).  Then of course the fam can have the funeral home cart my carcass off to the body farm where they can do whatsoever they wish with my remains.

I’ve already put in my request re: method of death.  Of course, I’ve also prayed diligently that snow would cease here and that hasn’t worked out so well…