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Old 12 January 2010, 06:37 AM
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Icon95 Why Pray the Rosary?

More than a century ago, a proud university student boarded a train in
France and sat next to an older man who seemed to be a peasant of
comfortable means. The brash student noticed that the older gentleman was
slipping beads through his fingers. He was praying the Rosary.

"Sir, do you still believe in such outdated things?" the student inquired.

"Yes, I do. Don't you?" the man responded.

The student laughed and admitted, "I do not believe in such silly things.
Take my advice. Throw that rosary out the window and learn what science
has to say about it."

"Science? I do not understand this science. Perhaps you can explain it
to me," the man said humbly, tears welling in his eyes.

The university Student noticed that the man was deeply moved. To avoid
hurting the older person's feelings, he said, "Please give me your address
and I will send you some literature to explain the matter to you."

The man fumbled in the inside pocket of his coat and pulled out his
business card. On reading the card, the student lowered his head in shame
and was speechless. The card read: "Luis Pasteur, Director of the
Institute of Scientific Research, Paris."

The deluded student had encountered his country's leading chemist
and bacteriologist, and a scientist of worldwide renown.
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Old 12 January 2010, 06:51 AM
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And?

What's that supposed to teach me?

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Old 12 January 2010, 07:15 AM
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And?

What's that supposed to teach me?
That praying the rosary prevents polio.

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Old 12 January 2010, 07:28 AM
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A quick look at Louis (gee, that glurgist can't even spell his name right!) Pasteur's bio shows that while being a man of faith who disagreed (in a friendly way) with his Atheist or Agnostic colleagues, Pasteur was much more a Theist than an outright Catholic.

So, I disbelieve the "rosary incident". BTW, Pasteur was such a star in his days (with pictures of him all over France) that a "proud university student" not recognizing him on a train is just as unlikely.

It's just as if a 1950's student wouldn't recognize Einstein.
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Old 12 January 2010, 08:53 AM
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What's that supposed to teach me?
If you want someone to send you free science books, board a train and pray for them on a Rosary.
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Old 12 January 2010, 10:48 AM
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A quick look at Louis (gee, that glurgist can't even spell his name right!) Pasteur's bio shows that while being a man of faith who disagreed (in a friendly way) with his Atheist or Agnostic colleagues, Pasteur was much more a Theist than an outright Catholic.
It's not only a misspelling: it's the name that in Spanish is the equivalent of Luis. Given that, the effect that in years gone by it was customary to "translate" the names of historical figures in Spanish-language texts(*), and the Catholic message, I'd suppose this glurge comes from a Spanish language location.

Jaime

(*) Curiously, it's still done with royals. Grace Kelly was called Grace Kelly in every gossip magazine, until she married to the prince of Monaco and then she instantly became Gracia de Můnaco. And the British royals are referred as Isabel II de Inglaterra, mother of Carlos de Inglaterra, father of Guillermo and Enrique de Inglaterra.
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Old 12 January 2010, 12:55 PM
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Why was Luis about to cry?

Bad milk from the club car, perhaps?
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Old 12 January 2010, 01:15 PM
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Given that, the effect that in years gone by it was customary to "translate" the names of historical figures in Spanish-language texts(*), and the Catholic message, I'd suppose this glurge comes from a Spanish language location.
Jaime, I knew Luis is Spanish for Louis, but I hadn't thought of your explanation. Just saw it as a typo. You may be right.

However, though the author is obviously a Catholic (the rosary being the main clue), there's still no explanation, and nothing Catholic on why Pasteur should start weeping instead of (as the real Pasteur surely would have done) politely reasoning with the guy.

Silly glurge, really, that doesn't reach beyond the done-to-death "science bad and arrogant - religion good and tender-hearted"-trope.
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Old 12 January 2010, 01:23 PM
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"Science? I do not understand this science. Perhaps you can explain it
to me," the man said humbly, tears welling in his eyes.

...

The man fumbled in the inside pocket of his coat and pulled out his
business card. On reading the card, the student lowered his head in shame
and was speechless. The card read: "Luis Pasteur, Director of the
Institute of Scientific Research, Paris."
Did anyone think Luis was kind of being a dick here? That's a level of sarcasm from the hero I'm not used to seeing in glurge.
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Old 12 January 2010, 02:28 PM
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Maybe it really was Luis, maybe that's Louis evil twin who's out there promoting Catholicism just to piss off his brother!
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Old 12 January 2010, 02:30 PM
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And?

What's that supposed to teach me?

Don Enrico

How to publicly embarrass yourself?
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Old 15 January 2010, 02:48 PM
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Did anyone think Luis was kind of being a dick here?
The lesson is Luis was kind of dotty in old age and forgot he was a scientist. If he didn't carry those "business cards", no one would be able to ID him while he sat on trains, thinking a rosary was an abacus. Sad, really.
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Old 16 January 2010, 02:30 AM
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If you need to add the line to explain the significance of the name, the person receiving it is probably not going to be impressed and is going to mess it up in the retelling.

"And he gave him the card and turns out he was a famous science guy ... or a pastor."
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