He prayed the Office almost every day of the last 25 years or so. Prayed the rosary every day for longer. Went to Mass almost every day. He prayed, and knew intimately all those words I have been praying - or trying to pray - so intensely over the past week. Thirsting for God. Rescuing from the snares of the enemy...The hope strikes me, again with great force. His prayers have been answered. How can I, even as I acknowledge the crushing, puzzling, confusing loss and my shattered heart - for even Jesus wept - how can I say that I love him and that I believe all this stuff we both said we believed is actually true - and not allow some gratitude, albeit limited and struggling gratitude - to creep into my soul, for that thing, which is not a small thing, but a great thing? That his prayers - all those prayers, all of the seeking and yearning and hoping have found their blessed end? How? Imagine my surprise.- Amy Welborn
Reading... means accepting, at some level, the author’s authority to tell you the story. You enter the author’s world on his terms, and in so doing get away from yourself. Yes, you are powerless to change the narrative or the characters, but you become more open to the experiences of others and, importantly, open to the notion that you are not always in control. In the process, you might even become more attuned to the complexities of family life, the vicissitudes of social institutions, and the lasting truths of human nature. The screen, by contrast, tends in the opposite direction. Instead of a reader, you become a user; instead of submitting to an author, you become the master. The screen promotes invulnerability. Whatever setbacks occur (as in a video game) are temporary, fixable, and ultimately overcome. We expect to master the game and move on to the next challenge. This is a lesson in trial and error, and often an entertaining one at that, but it is not a lesson in richer human understanding. - Christine Rosen of "The New Atlantis"
There can be no religious society, whether the religion be true or false, without some sacrament or visible symbol to serve as a bond of union. - St. Augustine via Tom of Disputations
having the L.A. Times say the Pope's actions "border on arrogance" is like having a Victoria Secret model chastise the Holy Father for wearing immodest vestments. The editors of the L.A. Times and Victoria Secret models, in fact, have very similar ways of peddling their wares: lots of pouting and posing, combined with large doses of self-absorption. - Ignatius Insight Scoop via Dennis at Ephemeris
If the [stimulus package] is the way to prosperity, why aren’t all countries wealthy? Even the poorest countries have access to a printing press. - Eric of "The Daily Eudemon"
[They say] there's nothing to be done about the decline in Mass attendance because it would require changing the larger society. If the context is Mass attendance, we are to assume that can't be done. Change the context to the Church's social justice teaching and it is apparently thought that people will, somehow, assume the opposite. - Terrence Berres
The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a new star. - Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, "The Physiology of Taste" via Steven Riddle
Ah, again quiet-- Steven of "Flos Carmeli"
my ears ring with the hollow
memory of sound
Do you know what to
say sixty seconds before?
What would God say if
He were watching this sunset?
--I've outdone myself.
A visual metaphor (with audio effects!) is worth a thousand verbal comebacks. Check out the seedy abortion clinic scene [in Juno] and you'll see what I mean. - Sancta Sanctis
Writing is never so eloquent, meaningful, and beautiful as when it is written in connection with the death of a loved one. - Jim of Bethune Catholic
When I wake at six or seven -- I drink a glass of water -- write a résumé in a little 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 Swiss calendar-diary, given to me by a friend, of the previous day, any special name or fact I mustn't forget -- hang on my trapeze for a moment or two -- whether infirm or not, read a few lines calculated to counteract infirmity, from the Bible usually, as stabilizing "the innocency of our lives and the constancy of our faith". - Marianne Moore via Dylan of "Dark October"
Lobster is an excuse to eat butter. - the wife of Stephen King
"Despair porn" is the rightwing equvalent of the Obamahead wackos. - paraphrase of Rob Long of NRO
No "Girls of the SSPX" photospread ahead, judging by Bishop Williamson's Letter of September 1, 2001. - Terrence of "The Provincial Emails" on a letter by Williams suggesting girls not go to college
What prompts impatience? The fear of loss: loss of time, loss of opportunity... More than one person has observed that America has become a very impatient place. Material poverty has been practically eliminated, but time poverty is rampant...Aquinas may have offered this opinion: “Inordinate fear is included in every sin; the miser fears the loss of money, the intemperate man the loss of pleasure.” As sin increases, so does fear. As fear increases, so does impatience....You have to ask: To what extent does fear drive our politics and economics? Was the New Deal a policy of patience, of letting the system work out its kinks? How about the Great Society? Nixon’s price-fixing? The audacious American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009?...We don’t want change we can believe in. We want change now. And that’s the sign of the coward. - Eric of "The Daily Eudemon"