September 24, 2007


There was a magazine article that I was fond of - something like "My Interruptions Are My Job"- and would reread often. I gave away many copies days during my La Leche League leader days. The essence of it was that a mother's true work is a compilation of all the moments in a day that could easily seen as mere interruptions. - Ellyn of "Oblique House"

Those of us who write for a living know that the clever often isn’t true, and the true is often far too commonplace to be clever. So we celebrate when someone manages both. - Jody Bottum of "First Things"

Two days before [9/11/2001] I was watching the Bengals knock the stuffing out of the New England Patriots on a beautiful Sunday afternoon and bemoaning the fact that the "tech slowdown" coincided with my (expensive) move to Cincinnati. Then, as the cliche goes, everything changed. We lost two family friends in the Towers. Rage was my predictable initial reaction. I'd like to think it has since simmered down to a more potent righteous anger. Along the way, we've had two more children and I've made a more personal commitment to my Faith -- this last event a direct connection to that day. What started with "Why do they hate us?" became "Why does He love us?" So some good came from it. - Rich Leonardi of "Ten Reasons"

Fr. Girzone, of course, thinks seminarians should be taught about the personal aspect of Jesus' life. I think seminarians ought to be taught to know Jesus Himself, and that priests can hardly blame their seminary syllabus if they grow old without ever knowing Him. Still: "As an elderly lady in Elyria, Ohio, said to me one night, 'Father, the way I size up Christianity is like this: The Catholics worship the Church, the Protestants worship the Bible, and there are darn few who ever get to know Jesus Christ.' She was right, and it is tragic." He is right, and it is tragic. - Tom of Disputations

There are 10 kinds of people in the world: Those who understand Binary, and those who don't. - Carrie at Eclectic Experiment via Roz at In Dwelling

Science Confirms What We’ve Known for Hundreds of Years, Episode 1,432,009: Men look for beauty, while women go for wealth when it comes to assessing future partners, researchers say. So what do lesbians look for? - Eric Scheske of "The Daily Eudemon", always asking the tough questions

I’m not Ghandi or Angelina Jolie, but I made some strides. The experience changed me in big ways and small ways. There’s a lot about gratefulness in the Bible, and I would say I’m more thankful. I focus on the hundred little things that go right in a day, instead of the three or four things that go wrong. And I love the Sabbath. There’s something I really like about a forced day of rest. Also, during the experiment I wore a lot of white clothes, because Ecclesiastes says let your garments always be white, and I loved it, so I look like Tom Wolfe now. Wearing white just made me happier. I couldn’t be in a bad mood walking down the street looking like I was about to play in the semifinals at Wimbledon. One thing I learned is that the outside affects the inside, your behavior shapes your thoughts. I also really liked what one of my spiritual advisers said, which was that you can view life as a series of rights and entitlements, or a series of responsibilities. I like seeing my life as a series of responsibilities. It’s sort of, "Ask not what God can do for you, ask what you can do for God." - A.J. Jacobs, who tried to follow every rule in the bible for a year, via "Lofted Nest"

It gives rise to no jealousies. It does not favor any one nation, but presents itself with equal impartiality to all and is equally acceptable to all. Nor must we overlook the characteristic nobility of Latin’s formal structure...Furthermore, the Church’s language must be not only universal but also immutable. Modern languages are liable to change, and no single one of them is superior to the others in authority. Thus if the truths of the Catholic Church were entrusted to an unspecified number of them, the meaning of these truths, varied as they are, would not be manifested to everyone with sufficient clarity and precision. There would, moreover, be no language which could serve as a common and constant norm by which to gauge the exact meaning of other renderings. But Latin is indeed such a language. It is set and unchanging. It has long since ceased to be affected by those alterations in the meaning of words which are the normal result of daily, popular use. - Pope John XXIII on the use of Latin in the Church, via Jeff of "Stony Creek Digest"

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