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Random vacation thoughts

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jul 30, 2003

A few of the heavy questions that I pondered while sitting on the beach last week:

- Why is the sound of ocean surf so relaxing? Ordinarily you'd think that a "roar" or a "constant pounding" would be headache material. Why is it calming in this case?

- Why is it even more relaxing to float in the ocean, and be "tossed around" by the waves? That's another phrase not ordinarily associated with relaxation.

Just wondering...

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Aug. 03, 2003 10:44 PM ET USA

    The answer to your theological queries lies at Peter Kreeft's website, which can be linked to through Ignatius Press or at -- he discusses surfing and St Augustine and the encounter with a boy with a bucket pulling water out of the ocean. I'm more than just a cynic.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 31, 2003 6:30 PM ET USA

    Because as the brother of your one time opponent for senate once said, we all crawled up out of the sea! cheers!

  • Posted by: AveMaria580 - Jul. 30, 2003 2:17 PM ET USA

    Perhaps, just a perhaps, because they are the sounds of nature praising God and not the unending cacophony of the busyness of the useless pursuits of a spiritually bankrupt culture seeking escape.