July 01, 2008

         

It's easy to think of St. Peter and St. Paul in binary terms: one as the positive to the other's negative. Heck, we could draw two tables on a piece of paper and make a parlour game out of their contrasting personalities and ministries. Then, if we get excited enough, we could take the division to its logical conclusion and form two rival factions within the Church, declaring to one and all that which saint you pick for the positive and which saint you pick for the negative reveals volumes about what kind of Christian you are, et cetera . . . It was probably already that way when the Church first started weaving the tapestry of the liturgical year, which is why She has wisely settled that we are to celebrate two different saints and two different martyrdoms in a single feast...If we go by Scripture alone, we notice that their only noteworthy encounter was a clash. Thank God for Tradition, which gives us the light of this Feast with which to interpret that encounter. In Sts. Peter and Paul, we have two pillars with one purpose: holding up the Church which Jesus founded. Knock down one pillar and you threaten the whole Church. If today's Feast were a fable, its moral would be: Unity. - Sancta Sanctis

"SMEAR: Barack Obama is a Muslim; not that there's anything wrong with that." - Terrence of "The Provincial Emails"

Small groups are things that trick us into believing we’re serious about making disciples. The problem is 90% of small groups never produce one single disciple, ever. They help Christians make shallow friendships for sure. They’re great at helping Christians feel a tenuous connection to their local church. And they do a bang-up job of teaching Christians how to act like other Christians in the [in this case] evangelical Christian subculture. But when it comes to creating the kind of holistic disciples Jesus envisioned, the jury’s decision came back a long time ago – small groups just aren't working. - Non-denominational church pastor via Terrence Berres of "The Provincial Emails"

An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex. - Aldous Huxley

[This] shows two sons demonstrating emergency field stretcher techniques on younger brother. (They tried to move me in it, but one of the poles broke.) - picture caption from Jim of Bethune Catholic that struck me as humorous

It takes but one bad idea to ruin a man or a state. The idea that mankind can control nature, and that nature concerns only matter and energy, has lost us belief in the divine order of the universe. Materialism with all its accompanying isms is a sorry substitute. To put it in religious terms, we have lost the covenant with God; we perforce must practice magic. What is magic but the pretense and effort to control nature toward some private end. That end is inevitably power. -Andrew Lytle via William of Apologia.

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