June 22, 2010
Spanning the Proverbial Globe to Bring You
the Constant Variety of Posts
The priesthood... is not simply “office” but sacrament: God makes use of us poor men in order to be, through us, present to all men and women, and to act on their behalf. This audacity of God who entrusts himself to human beings – who, conscious of our weaknesses, nonetheless considers men capable of acting and being present in his stead – this audacity of God is the true grandeur concealed in the word “priesthood”. - Michael at Psalm 46:11
All that memory wants to latch onto is the essence of what made me like these people in the first place. I feel helpless but to wish them only the most ordinary of good things: that they have known reasonably good health, found love, got married, had children, and enjoyed whatever measure of happiness is allowed us in this life. Maybe it's just that I hear the swish of the scythe now whispering through the field of all our lives, and I'm hiding out in the weeds in a corner of that field where I've yet to be found, knowing all the while that the whole of it must, and will be, harvested. - Bill of Apologia on class reunions
Some young people (and I was one) develop the convenient fiction that they can only _be_ hurt; they can never hurt anybody else or be held responsible for doing so. - Lydia McGrew commenting on Apologia
Fr Casey on the last few verses of the Gospel -- "the Son of Man must suffer and die."... said suffering in itself is not good, but it is us, an inextricable part of the human condition, and God-made-man shows his love for us by choosing to delve the depths of suffering -- because it is us. And although we could be excused for thinking that God is absent in our sufferings, we shouldn't. - Dylan of "dark speech upon the harp"
Mercifully I'm shielded by my sage mother's admonition: "What other people think of you is none of your business." - Steven of Momentary Taste
I used to drink copious amounts of beer and watch the VHS of The Blue Brothers. I didn’t realize I was engaged in a quasi-religious experience: L’Osservatore Romano is apparently calling it a Catholic classic. Heck, and I was always concerned that the derogatory digs at nuns and religious symbols was, well, derogatory. Maybe I just need to lighten up. - Eric of "The Daily Eudemon"
The business of art lies just in this, -- to make that understood and felt which, in the form of an argument, might be incomprehensible and inaccessible. - Leo Tolstoy via Anne Rice via Tom of Disputations
T.S. Eliot remarked that a great writer creates the taste by which he is appreciated; [Norman] Mailer helped create the moral confusion amid which he was glorified—not quite what Eliot had in mind. - Commentary magazine via "The Paragraph Farmer"
I’ve pretty much sworn off horror movies for the same reason T.S. Eliot wouldn’t read Flannery O’Connor: the horror sticks in my mind and doesn’t go away. I keep thinking about it, and I think it hurts my mental development in the long run. - Eric Scheske
The ISI edition of Orestes Brownson's The American Republic arrived today. My initial impressions: good solid typesetting with a stylish but unobtrusive italic face (I would have known these faces 15 years ago); a beautiful buff and blue cover with a dark red spine; a readable and useful introduction by Peter Lawler that's nearly half the length of Brownson's work. Every time I see the UPS man I think of Arthur Clarke's line upon receipt of Stephen Wolfram's massive A New Kind of Scienceat his Sri Lankan lair: "another ruptured postman staggers away from my front door." - Bill of Summa Minutiae