January 06, 2009

Spanning the Globe to Bring You the Constant Variety of Posts

I cannot begin to respond to the deluge of assurances of prayer and concern about my health. Please be assured that I am grateful and count mightily on being remembered by you before the Throne of Grace. Or, as Catholics are wont to say, on your storming the gates of heaven. The nature of the cancer is beginning to come into clearer focus, and I hope to have more details in short order. Meanwhile, I will, please God, continue to be as engaged as possible in the work of First Things and other apostolates, even as I am compelled by grace to know more deeply our solidarity within the Body of Christ. - Fr. Richard J. Neuhaus, who is receiving treatment for cancer

If we know how great is the love of Jesus for us we will never be afraid to go to Him in all our poverty, all our weakness, all our spiritual wretchedness and infirmity. Indeed, when we understand the true nature of His love for us, we will prefer to come to Him poor and helpless. We will never be ashamed of our distress. Distress is to our advantage whe we have nothing to seek but mercy. We can be glad of our helplessness when we really believe that His power is made perfect in our infirmity. - Thomas Merton via Dylan of "More Last Than First"

The very feet of one who brings good news are beautiful. Over that we have another layer of meaning, for those feet are probably coming to us over scorched earth. I wonder how the Good News finally came to the mothers and fathers of the Holy Innocents... We who like to say that "Christmas is for children" don't like to meditate on what the first Christmas actually meant to children who were alive at the time. - Sancta Sanctis

It is a bit too easy for people in the West to deplore the failure of intellectuals living in unfree societies to follow the example of a Solzhenitsyn. Such stories are rare. His arose from an unusual confluence: a great crime, a great silence, a receptive audience and personal courage well above the ordinary. - The Economist on Solzhenitsyn via "The Provincial Emails"

He has now written tens of thousands of sentences, many of them tiny miracles of transubstantiation whereby some hitherto overlooked datum of the human or natural world — from the anatomical to the zoological, the socio-economic to the spiritual — emerges, as if for the first time, in the complete­ness of its actual being. - Sam Tanenhaus on John Updike via Terrence Berres

Every conservative's favorite liberal and every liberal's favorite conservative. This book has no enemies. - Florence King on George Orwell's collected essays via TB

Apparently they never heard Candidate Unicorn when he said that marriage was between a man and a woman all those months on the campaign trail. - Phil of "A Musing", on the uproar over Rick Warren at Obama's inauguaral

Saw an old Twilight Zone episode about a reader with thick glasses who always wanted more time to indulge in his passion; as the sole survivor of a nuclear holocaust, the reader relishes the chance to read for the rest of his life without interruption. That is, until he accidentally breaks his reading glasses...ha. - Ham of "Social Engineering"

An old post from Disputations:
After the milking this morning, I noticed that Mme. Bessie had remained behind, standing quietly in the shadows by the side entrance. She is a Guernsey, a proud member of a breed my own people have been bred to treat with reverence. Only with great effort did I refrain from bowing my head respectfully as I addressed her, "Git along."
Heh! The Diary of a Country Priest is great stuff, but this parody is so cruelly accurate! A friend of mine once said of the protagonist, "I just want to hug the poor guy and make him eat a bowl of hot chicken soup." I concurred. What he really needed to do was to get out of that carcinogenic little town and go to a parish that didn't hate priests. - Meredith of "For Keats' Sake"

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