Francis: A Third Way

Francis didn’t bother questioning doctrines and dogmas of the Church. He just took the imitation of Christ seriously and tried to live the way that Jesus lived!

.. “You only know as much as you do.” [1] His emphasis on action, practice, and lifestyle was foundational and revolutionary for its time and is at the root of Franciscan alternative orthodoxy. Francis and Clare fell in love with the humanity and humility of Jesus. For them Jesus was someone to actually imitate and not just to worship as divine.

.. I sincerely think Francis found a Third Way, which is the creative and courageous role of a prophet and a mystic. He repeated the foundational message of all prophets: the message and the medium for the message have to be the same thing.

.. The early Franciscan friars and Poor Clares wanted to be Gospel practitioners instead of merely “word police,” “inspectors,” or “museum curators” as Pope Francis calls some clergy.

.. They saw orthopraxy (correct practice) as a necessary parallel, and maybe even precedent, to verbal orthodoxy (correct teaching).

.. As the popular paraphrase of Francis’ Rule goes, “Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary, use words.

How Does One Improve as an Intermediate Programmer?

How does one improve as a programmer when they are already at an intermediate level? There are plenty of resources on “learning to program” that will get someone from 0 to novice (although the quality of most of these resources is pretty dubious), but what are the practices that will elevate someone from intermediate to expert? How can I build the mental models that allow me to write code at a high level?


  • Practice and performance are different, and the best way to practice is almost never performance. For example: a baseball player who wants to improve his hitting spends 30 minutes taking 200 pitches at the batting cages (practice), not 2 hours seeing 15 pitches in a game (performance).