Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Phatcatholic Q&A Rampage

WikiAnswers just had to tempt me. From midnight (EST) on Saturday (late Friday night), March 1, 2008 until midnight (EST) on Monday (late Sunday night) March 3, there will be a WikiAnswers AnswerThon. Whoever can answer the most questions wins a $500 Amazon gift certificate. I'm all about that! I'd sit and answer questions all day if I didn't have fifty-billion other things to do.

I got excited and answered a few questions before the contest begins. Here's what I've answered so far (it took me about 30 minutes):
  1. Who is the patron saint of logan?
    • While it is unclear who or what "logan" is, perhaps this will answer your question.

      There is a "Logan County" that is a part of the diocese of Peoria, Illinois, who's patron saint is Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. There is a "Logan County" that is a part of the diocese of Grand Island, Nebraska, who's patron saint is the Blessed Virgin Mary. Finally, there is a "Logan County" that is a part of the diocese of Fargo, North Dakota, who's patron saint is Our Lady of the Assumption.


  2. What is the English translation for Gaudeamus?
    • Gaudeamus is Latin for "Let us rejoice."


  3. What happens to those who hurt or tempt God's children?
    • The synoptic Gospels of the Bible tell us that "whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea" (Mt 18:6; cf. Mk 9:42; Lk 17:2). Matthew's Gospel also tells us, "See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you that in heaven their angels always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven" (18:10). Finally, Paul tells us, "Only take care lest this liberty of yours somehow become a stumbling block to the weak" (1 Cor 8:9). While he was referring specifically to the eating of certain foods, I think the principle can be applied generally to anyone who is still young, new, or immature in their faith or who's spiritual development is in our care. This, of course, would include children.


  4. How many times does the word grandmother appear in the bible?
    • I am aware of only one instance of the word "grandmother" in the Bible. It is in 2 Tim 1:5, where Paul says, "I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lo'is and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you." The Greek word being translated here is mammh. It means:
      1. mother (the name infants use in addressing their mother)
      2. grandmother


  5. How many Christians are living in the UK?
    • The webpage www.adherents.com reports that there are 51,230,000 Christians in the United Kingdom as of 1997. See this page.

I could totally get addicted to this. How many questions can you answer? We'll see who wins on March 3rd.

Pax Christi,
phatcatholic

1 comment:

Liz said...

Nice! We are loving your enthusiasm!

Good luck.

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