January 13, 2009

Spanning the Globe to Bring You the Constant Variety of Posts

If you’re a Latin Rite Catholic and have never experienced worship in one of these other [Eastern] Catholic churches, go. It will open your eyes to what worship is, and help you grasp what people are saying, even in the Latin context of “singing the Mass” instead of “singing at Mass,” for almost every bit of the liturgy is chanted by presbyter, deacon and people, mostly facing in the same direction. It puts staring at each other and mumbling back and forth in a whole new light. - Amy Welborn

Fr. George Rutler, a former Anglican priest, was the one to give last rites to Fr. Neuhaus who was a former Lutheran priest which invokes to me Fr. Neuhaus line about having many ironies in the fire. - Curt Jester

He bore with grace the charge of having become “neo-conservative,” when the term was intended as an insult, and even turned that charge into a positive advantage, carving out a new blend of Christian orthodoxy and political realism. Increasingly, he regained his love for the nobility of the American experiment, a term he understood with all its attendant ironies. He was a great friend to Martin Luther King, William F. Buckley, Jr., Peter Berger and many other great public spirits of our time. In fact, few people in the world have shown his talent for friendship. - Michael Novak

I remember the first time Father Neuhaus attacked me in print: I felt on top of the world. For a left-of-center person like me, being attacked by Father Neuhaus was a badge of honor. To gain the notice of someone with whom you disagree is much more flattering than to gain the praise of a mentor or an acolyte. - Michael Paulson via "Get Religion"

the words “abortion,” “Roe v. Wade,” or “pro-life” are nowhere to be found. - "Get Religion" commenting on lengthy NY Times obit

Already this new marvel of technology has proven the saying, true even of so-called labor-saving devices: the more you have, the more time you have to spend taking care of it. - Jim of Bethune Catholic on his wife getting a digital camera for Christmas

There is much happy buzz about The Raving Atheist's becoming The Raving Theist. So I dropped by to check it out and left a brief comment expressing my gladness. I was amazed to receive a lovely reply, including some background on how I came to be a Saint of the Week. What pulled me up short in this note, besides the fact that I was remembered after all this time, was being told, "but you were so darned nice." That couldn't have come at a better time. Ready to declare war on the USPS (and our postman in particular), the phone company, the dogs and various members of my family, I was feeling anything but nice. - Ellyn of "Oblique House"

Never tell anyone that you're writing a book, going on a diet, exercising, taking a course, or quitting smoking. They'll encourage you to death. - Lynn Johnston

[I'm] annoyed that the Feast of the Circumcision was cut. - - a Facebook commenter

Have you ever had those moments where you feel like God has blessed you with an incredible word of knowledge, only to realize (sometimes only seconds later) that people have been telling you this for years? I had one today during adoration. Deep in meditation, I came to the sudden realization that we should be good in order to please God, whom we love as children love a Father. This was a huge insight to me ... for about seven seconds. "Well, duh," I said to myself. - Eric Pavlat of "Inside Catholic" via Jim Curley

One could say Philip [Fr. Philip Neri Powell, OP, PhD] doesn’t really give a yes or no answer to the question of whether there is a right or wrong way to argue as a Dominican... - William Cork at A Twitch Upon the Thread via Terrence Berres

Only after discovering Jesus do we realize “this is what I was waiting for”...You will not be afraid any longer to lose your freedom, because you will live it fully by giving it away in love. You will no longer be attached to material goods, because you will feel within you the joy of sharing them. You will cease to be sad with the sadness of the world, but you will feel sorrow at evil and rejoice at goodness, especially for mercy and forgiveness. - Pope Benedict XVI

The easiest kind of relationship for me is with ten thousand people. The hardest is with one. - Joan Baez

Often you get the impression that some people think that Marian devotion was invented by ignorant medieval peasants so distant from God and the Gospel that they turned to the primeval Mother Figure instead and just started mumbling random prayers to her out of the blue. Well, no. Of course, Marian devotion began in the East mostly because, well, CHRISTIANITY began in the East. I’m not going to do some big historical survey here, but I’ll just say that any Protestant thinking that the Easterners will make them more comfortable in terms of Mary than the Romans, might want to take a look at this portion of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom...If anything, honoring and asking for Mary’s intercession is even more deeply integrated into normal Eastern liturgical life than it is in the West, because it is a part of the Sunday liturgy in a way that it is not in the West. - Amy of "Charlotte was Both"

It is strange that some theologians have difficulty accepting the precise and limited doctrine of papal infallibility, but see no problem in granting de facto infallibility to everyone who has a conscience. - Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict, via Bill Luse who got it from Zippy

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