December 12, 2006


Jesus does not expect us to be strong but weak. In our weakness His power reaches perfection (2 Cor 12:9). He does not expect us to be independent and self-sufficient, but rather childlike (Mt 18:3). We don’t need will-power, just willingness. He’ll provide the power and “authority to expel unclean spirits and to cure sickness and disease of every kind” (Mt 10:1). All He expects is that we give as a gift what has been given us (Mt 10:8) by laboring in His harvest (Mt 9:38). Jesus simply expects us to try and keep trying, to believe and receive, to pray and obey. - meditation via Eric Scheske

My son and I see the Cross of Jesus differently. We both see a hero, someone who loved us so much to die for us. Although my son does not have a true concept of death yet, he does understand in his own way the importance of the Sacrifice. My son sees the Cross with the eyes of a child as something beautiful, something colorful and glorious, something joyful, honorable, and holy. I see the Cross as glorious and holy too, but through the eyes of sorrow, suffering, and sacrifice. The paradox is that both of these views are right. I think know the deeper insight belongs to my son. - Cowpi Journal

[C.S.] Lewis states in his book The Four Loves: "We shall draw nearer to God, not by trying to avoid the sufferings inherent in all loves, but by accepting them and offering them to Him, throwing away all defensive armour. If our hearts need to be broken, and if He chooses this as the way in which they should break, so be it." That view is drastically changed when he writes Grief. In A Grief Observed we have a very different approach. Lewis presents a very visceral response to the loss of his wife. An example of this is that Lewis states at the beginning of the book: "No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing." This book shows us more of Lewis's own heart and life than almost anything else he wrote. It is a great book for those dealing with loss - either for yourself or for someone you know and love. It is often used in grief counseling, and one of the courses I read it for was on the spirituality of death and dying. This book is a gem in the cannon of Lewis literature. It will not disappoint. - SRMcEvoy of "Book Reviews & More"

I am amazed at all the crap Padre Pio had to put up with. Not just cluelessness from superiors which often thinly disguised malice, but physical and spiritual ailments. But through it all, that is how he functioned. Because He believed that God would deliver him, any problem and strife was tolerable. It simply had to be offered up. - Fr. S.T. of "Catholic RageMonkey"

I once joked to a priest friend, "You say you took Holy Orders as a celibate. As a married man I have to take holy orders everyday. My wife orders me to do this and orders me to do that...' - Dwight Longenecker who was ordanied as a deacon

Maybe in the future, when it looks like all the stunts are over and they can’t go any further, maybe one of them will pull off a real stunner and enter a convent...That’d be news. - Eric of "The Daily Eudemon" on celebrity bimbos

According to Adam Nagourney, if I understand the gist of his story, the 2008 election will be a referendum on whether America is sexist or racist. It cannot be a referendum on both pathologies, since Senator Clinton is white and Senator Obama is male, and that probably can’t be rearranged. But the editors no doubt feel it was a sound decision to take the front page of the “Week in Review” to alert their highly educated readership to the previously undiscerned pattern of electing white males as president. It is, I would go so far as to suggest, even more than a pattern. There it is, in boldface, under every one of the forty-three pictures: White Male. The format is that of a rogue’s gallery, and under each mug shot the designated offense—Robbery, Rape, Embezzlement, Drug Smuggling, Extortion, etc. Except, in this case, it is the same offense forty-three times over: White Male. - Richard Neuhaus of "First Things" on NY Times article

I don't know if you've encountered it, but there's a curious idea running around that victoriously struggling with a temptation is more virtuous than never having had the temptation in the first place. It's as if being difficult is better than being good. The emphasis on struggle seems vaguely Darwinian to me. - Kevin Jones on "Flos Carmeli"

This is an absolute respository of all things Catholic. Wow. Its absolutely wonderful and every person in the Church should own one. Regardless of whether you live within 500 miles of a Tridentine parish, get this missal. It even includes a mini-catechism. Literally, if for some reason the world blew up and an alien race came to earth 10,000 years from now only to find ruins of a long lost civilization, they could accurately recreate the entire Catholic faith if they found just one copy of the missal. In a way it kind of makes me sad...because I look at this and think "This is what the Church gave up after Vatican II?" Its really quite beautiful and includes so much more than modern missals. I'm not knocking the new mass, but I am going to wait to buy one of those missals until the new translations (and perhaps B16 changes?) are published. - Matt of 'absolutely no spin' on the arrival of his 1962 Roman Missale

Not only was Mary predestined to be the Mother of the Savior, whose consent to the incarnation would inaugurate the drama of our redemption, she would do so entirely by the power of the grace of God. Only this realization, enshrined in the infallibly defined dogma of the Immaculate Conception, can preserve the essential feature of our theodramatic redemption: that God has in his infinite freedom decided to save us in a way that respects our finite freedom but which also demands his infinite power of grace to fulfill. - Edward T. Oakes, SJ via Kevin Jones

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