part of a whole

A fraction is a part of a whole.

In my unmathematical mind (despite having taken numerous Calculus classes), that pretty much sums up my understanding of fractions. Everything in school math involving fractions was done by rote. After school, encounters were largely practical (1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tablespoon vanilla essence, etc)

So, when this word appeared in One Word Sunday: Fractions hosted by Debbie at TravelWithIntent, I looked up the meaning & origin of the word. Fascinatingly, it comes from the Latin frangere (to break) and from ecclesiastical Latin fractio (breaking of the bread/Eucharist)

My meandering thoughts led me to think of the mass, and how the Catholic Church in Singapore has suspended masses for more than two weeks now in response to the Covid-19 precautions. As a huge part of our family’s weekend commitments in church are put on hold, I recall the 1st letter of Paul to the Corinthians, chapter 12 verses 12, 15-20:

Unity and Diversity in the Body  

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.  If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?  But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.  If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

While we may be physically apart, we are still one in spirit. As this public health threat continues to spread throughout the world, we pray for each other no matter where we find ourselves; to remain strong in our faiths and to hold on to hope that we will emerge from this crisis with peace in our hearts.

Feature Photo: from Left to Right – dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chips,  strawberry compound chips & lemon compound chips (parts) to make cookies (whole)

Cookies (The Whole) made with various chips (The Parts)



25 Replies to “part of a whole”

  1. A fascinating post. I didn’t know the origin of the word, fraction, and I can imagine that the cancellation of mass could be difficult for many people.
    Let’s hope that actions like this mean the virus leaves us in peace soon!


          1. Sadly, only the Honey Nut Chex Mix is left. I really really should have put in an order for my favorite, the Cheddar, but I guess the HN will do in times of crisis. 😉


          2. Oh no! I guess even if you put an order in right now, it will take a while for it to be filled.

            We tried to order a “Snack Basket” through amazon UK for a birthday gift for a UK friend, but we informed that this was not “essential items” so our order might be delayed if we chose to continue with our purchase. Sigh.

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          3. Oh dear. We very foolishly waited too long to order stuff for our daughter’s upcoming birthday. One thing she wants is at a particular store that is now closed. We found it on Amazon, but it is scheduled to arrive 6 weeks after her birthday! Sigh indeed. :/


          4. You know, it really is tough balancing caution & panic …. the right place on the spectrum moves constantly now and it is near impossible to predict what things are going to be like.

            Hope you all are doing ok and are able to celebrate well enough. We had to “reschedule” you her daughters birthday gatherings (she has several small ones each year so she can spend them with her favourite people in more intimate settings) to whenever this madness ends. So she decided to bake treats for them instead

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          5. Hope you are having a blessed Holy Week, Betsy.

            If it is anything like ours, it is too too quiet for a week which is typically filled with many church activities.

            Peace be with you! Keep safe & well.

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          6. I hear you Betsy. I’m afraid Christmas & Easter masses bring too much stress which comes with the crowds. Which is why I often try to make sure my choir is on duty on those occasions – so I have a guaranteed seat in the choir loft!

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  2. What an interesting post. Must admit I wasn’t much god at fractions at school. But humanity, well that’s another definition. I share your sentiments for a united wholeness. Lovely words 🙏


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