Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Learning Latin with Pope Francis - February 21, 2017

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February 21, 2017



Here's a literal translation of the Latin: God knows better than we (about) what we need; it is necessary (that) we have trust (in) Him, because his ways are altogether different from ours.

And here's how the grammar of this Latin tweet works:


Latin
English
Parsing
Grammar Points
Deus
God
nom. sing. masc. noun
Deus, Dei
melius
better
adv.
nobis
(than) we
abl. pl. pronoun
nos. nostri
scit
knows
3rd pers. sing. pres. act. ind. verb
sciō, scīre, scīvī, scītus
quo
 (about) what
abl. sing. neut. rel. pronoun
qui, quae, quod; object of egemus
egemus
we need
1st pers. sing. pres. act. ind. verb
egeō, egēre, eguī
oportet
It is necessary
3rd pers. sing. pres. impers. verb
oportet, oportēre, oportuit
Ipsi
(in) Him(self)
dat. sing. masc. dem. adj.
ipse, ipsa, ipsum
confidamus
(that) we have trust
1st pers. pl. pres. act. subj. verb
cōnfīdō, cōnfīdere, -, cōnfīsus
quia
because
conj.
eius
his (of him)
gen. sing. masc. dem. adj.
is, ea, id
viae
ways
nom. pl. fem. noun
via, viae
omnino
altogether
adv.
diversae
different
nom. pl. fem. adj.
diversus, diversa, diversum
a
from
Prep. + Abl.
nostris
ours
abl. pl. fem. poss. adj.
noster, nostra, nostrum
sunt
are
3rd pers. pl. pres. ind. verb
sum, esse, fui

What's a Lifetime? And what are the Implications?

Harry S. Truman
I have a memory from when I was six years old; I was mad that my favorite television show was not on. My mother explained to me, "President Truman died. His funeral is all that's on TV today, you just need to accept that."

The annoyance of the young boy has become now the curiosity of an adult man. I was alive at the same time as Harry S. Truman! 

And this got me to wondering, how many lifetimes removed am I from the founding of our Nation?

Ulysses S. Grant
And so, I investigated it as follows. Who was the oldest living president when Harry Truman was born on May 8, 1884?

The answer, surprisingly, is Ulysses S. Grant, who died on July 23, 1885!

And so, who was the oldest living president when Ulysses S. Grant was born on April 27, 1822?

John Adams
The answer is, unbelievably, John Adams himself!

John Adams, at the age of 90, died on July 4, 1826 (Thomas Jefferson died on the very same day).



I decided now to play this back toward the future, starting from George Washington. 

George Washington
My methodology will be, what future president, alive when a president died, would live longer than other presidents alive when he was born.

George Washington, at age 67,  died on December 14, 1799. Who was the longest living future president who had been born when he died?

James Buchanan
The answer is James Buchanan, who was born on April 23, 1791 and died on June 1, 1868.

In other words, a president born before Washington died saw the entirety of the Civil War.

And who was the longest living president alive when Buchanan died?

William Howard Taft
It turns out it's William Howard Taft, born on September 15, 1857 and who died on March 8, 1930. 

And what future president, alive when Taft died, lived the longest?

The answer is, there are two presidents, who were born before Taft died, who are still alive!

Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter was born on October 1, 1924.
George H.W. Bush


George Herbert Walker Bush was born on June 12, 1924.

I will admit to being surprised how few lifetimes separate us who are alive today from people we assumed were distant history.

As a Christian, I close in contemplating the following.

What was the year when the last Christian who had a memory of an Apostle died? Based on the spans of lives I show here, it is not unreasonable to assert that a number of such people were still alive in the year AD 150. 

What was the year when the last Christian who learned Christianity from someone who in turn had learned it from an Apostle died? The answer will be, somewhere deep in the 200's.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Learning Latin with Pope Francis - February 20, 2017

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February 20, 2017



Here's a literal translation of the Latin: If evil is contagious, good also (is) the same. Let us allow ourselves to be infected with good and let us infect with good.

And here's how the grammar of this Latin tweet works:


Latin
English
Parsing
Grammar Points
Si
If
adv.
malum
evil
nom. sing. neut. adj.
malus, mala, malum; used as substantive
contagiosum
contagious
nom. sing. neut. adj.
contagiosus, contagiosa, contagiosum
est
is
3rd pers. sing. pres. ind. verb
sum, esse, fui
idem
the same
nom. sing. neut. dem. pronoun
idem, eadem, idem
etiam
also
adv.
bonum
good
nom. sing. neut. adj.
bonus, bona, bonum; used as substantive
Sinamus
Le us allow
1st pers. pl. pres. act. subj. verb
sinō, sinere, sīvī, situs
nos
us (ourselves)
acc. pl. pronoun
nos, nostri
bono
with good
abl. sing. neut. adj.
bonus, bona, bonum
infici
to be infected
pres. pass. infin.
īnficiō, īnficere, īnfēcī, īnfectus
et
and
conj.
bono
with good
abl. sing. neut. adj.
bonus, bona, bonum
inficiamus
let us infect
1st pers. sing. pres. act. subj. verb
īnficiō, īnficere, īnfēcī, īnfectus

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Learning Latin with Pope Francis - February 19, 2017

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February 19, 2017



Here's a literal translation of the Latin: Let us submit to the Holy Spirit (who) is moving us to boldly discover new ways for proclaiming the Gospel.

And here's how the grammar of this Latin tweet works:


Latin
English
Parsing
Grammar Points
Obsequamur
Let us submit
1st pers. pl. pres. subj. dep. verb
obsequor, obsequī, obsecūtus sum
Spiritui
to the Spirit
dat. sing. masc. noun
Spiritus, Spiritus
Sancto
Holy
dat. sing. masc. adj.
sanctus, santa, santum
nos
us
acc. pl. pronoun
nos, nostri
impellenti
(who) is moving
dat. sing. pres. act. part.
impellō, impellere, impulī, impulsus
in
in (for)
Prep. + Abl.
Evangelio
the Gospel
abl. sing. neut. noun
Evangelium, Evangelii
nuntiando
announcing / proclaiming
abl. sing. neut. gerund
nuntio, nuntiare, nuntiavi, nuntiatus
ad
to
Prep. + Acc.
novas
new
acc. pl. fem. adj.
novus, nova, novum
audacter
boldly
adv.
reperiendas
discover
acc. pl. fem. gerund
reperiō, reperīre, repperī, repertus
vias
ways
acc. pl. fem. noun
via, viae

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