April 17, 2007


Soon in the trip to Vitória it rained what wanted: the outward journey under the sign of the misfortune ended therefore (I can advance - that in literature is called prolepsis- that the return was very much better, in car until towns as in the train until Santiago). In Vitória we went to house of my uncles. There it is Chema, a dog of which they give desire you to have you one, although until then you have passed your life without them. My aunt told things of him while we alternated ourselves to make him mimos: its predilection by torrijas, its confrontations with another dog that is called Néstor (whose owner is stupid, explained my aunt). Well, I did what had to do in Vitória, I left contentment and of return, and ate a tremendous bocata of jamón prepared by my mother, and watched the made snow-white Obarenes Mounts, by which as much he walked my father. - Spanish blogger at Compostela, evocatively translated by Babelfish and rife with accidental fringes of metaphor*
* - For example: "outward journey under the sign of misfortune" is the journey under the sign of the cross. "Rained what wanted" hints of the wanted waters of baptism. Chema is the goodness which God gives us the desire for even though in the past we've lived without it. Néstor's owner is stupid, i.e. "knows not what he does" in allowing confrontation with Chema. The "bocata of jamón prepared by my mother" is the Eucharist from the table of mother Church, the "made snow-white" is God's gift of justification and forgiveness of sins, and the Obareness Mounts is where the father walks, i.e. Heaven.
In Rome, Holy Thursday is the night for church-hopping. Every church, it seems, from Trastevere to Termini, is open until midnight for watching and adoration. The Romans like to see as many as they can in one night, although the traditional number is seven. One of my friends thought this sounded hurried, maybe even a little irreverent. But I leapt to their defense. How could I not? When I was little, one of the best days of the year was Holy Thursday, when the churches in our little corner of Silicon Valley stood open and shining in the dark, and we played truant on a school night visiting them all. Some churches made paths of lumenarias to guide you to their little Gethsemanes. - Meredith of "Hesperia"

I can remember reading [Graham] Greene as an Anglican student and asking my Catholic friend, June Reynolds what she thought of him. She chuckled and said, "I'm afraid he's too complicated for me. Catholicism's simpler than that." Now as a Catholic of ten years, and as a priest, I see what she means....Greene's story (like most of his stories) is flawed because it doesn't account for the simplicity and clarity that the sacrament of confession brings to the complexities of the human heart. Was this because Greene himself laboured so long in sins that he knew were wrong? Dunno. What I do know is that a truly penitent soul is simple. He sees clearly, not only his own sins, but also the everlasting mercy of God. - Fr. Dwight Longenecker of "Standing on My Head"

The point of her talk was the moral and, to get down to it, intellectual dissonance that the abortion debate has planted in our psyches. When babies are babies when we want them and something else when we don't, when things stop being simply what they are...you break, not only the baby, but the moral compass, shattering our ability to think rationally about anything. - Amy Welborn on Jean Garton talk

As Christians watching all of this unfold, we see it in relation to Christ. When there is a dispute that is bringing a rising amount of tension, Christ calls for peacemakers. As we watch all of the players in this game, how many peacemakers do we see? Are there any? Are there men and women who have stepped forward to work toward reconciliation between the two sides? Working toward peace? Toward forgiveness? We would expect this, especially if the person has “Rev.” in front of his name. - Fr. Greg of "St. Andrew's Parish" blog, on the Imus flap

Charge it to my head ... not to my heart. - Jesse Jackson, after calling Jews "hymies" in the '80s

There's no excusing Imus' recent ridiculous remark, but there's something not kosher in America when one guy gets a Grammy and one gets fired for the same line...Political correctness, a term first used by Joseph Stalin, has trivialized, sanitized and homogenized America, transforming us into a nation of chain establishments and chain people. - Kinky Friedman

Every morning I rise and peruse
Mr. Drudge's site, checking the news;
Where I find that, pell-mell,
We are rushing to Hell -
Which, for some reason, fails to amuse.

- Bob of "Trousered Ape"
Do you think times are so bad that you have received nothing of value? Look around and think again. There is much tradition falling right into your lap: it will die with your generation unless you pick up the baton. The time may be short, but at the moment there is still a residual Christianity clinging to our rapidly decaying culture. Let’s make the most of it. - Jeff of "Stony Creek"

Some people are just naturally better at something than other people. This is an utterly unremarkable remark when it comes to things like athletic and musical talent. But there are also such things as "religious talents." Aren't some people just naturally better believers, hopers, and lovers than other people?...Clumsy people generally get used to the fact that they will never be professional dancers, but when you lack a talent that seems necessary to love God, you may well conclude that you aren't supposed to love God -- which can only mean that God doesn't love you...Since they aren't salvific, those with natural religious talents must not be presumptuous -- of either their own perfection or of the imperfections of others -- and those without them must not be despairing. - Tom of Disputations

I used to believe that people got more religious when they got older because they were getting closer to death and they felt they needed to hedge their bets. And I felt that people got more conservative as they got older because they got richer and wanted to keep more of their money. Then, when I got older, and became both of the above, I came to realize that while that’s true with a great many people, there was an alternate explanation that I would like to believe is true in my case and those of many others. You become more spiritual and more religious, because you realize nothing else works. And if you live a life like I have, you tried everything else. - political pundit Dick Morris

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