August 15, 2005

A Good Read Spoiled

I've gotten into the awful habit of defiling my books by dog-earing good passages. So the better the book, the more defiled it becomes. And my copy of Many Religions - One Covenant by the former Cardinal Ratzinger has scarcely a page unmolested.

It's only 110 pages, rich and dense, but sometimes it seems like I'm cheating by plucking the fruit of so much study, thought, and prayer. It could have been padded by a couple hundred pages in order to space the insights out in order to assuage my guilt. Of course if he'd done that I probably wouldn't have finished it.

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