February 17, 2009

Spanning the Globe to Bring You the Constant Variety of Posts

At the age of eight, my daughter developed a keen interest in whether the books she read were "true stories." She was wondering if there might be something about a not-true story that made it less worthy of her time. Imagine her joy when, after many tries, she held up a book, and I could finally tell her, "Yes. This is a true story. Her name really was Laura, and she really lived in a little house in a big wood." I feel the same way about faith as I listen to Luke begin his gospel. In no uncertain terms he tells me: The story you are about to hear is the true story. This is the story worth living for. - Amy Welborn in "A Catholic Woman's Book of Days"

The age covered by the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I was richer in writers of genius than is our own, and we should not expect a translation made in our time to be a masterpiece of our literature or, as was the Authorized Version of 1611, an exemplar of English prose for successive generations of writers. We are, however, entitled to expect from a panel chosen from among the most distinguished scholars of our day at least a work of dignified mediocrity...There may be Ministers of the Gospel who do not realize that the music of the phrase, of the paragraph, of the period is an essential constituent of good English prose, and who fail to understand that the life of a reading of Gospel and Epistle in the liturgy is in this music of the spoken word. - TS Eliot on New English Bible via Bill White of Summa

There's no such thing. I just lower my standards and keep going. - Poet William Stafford on writer's block, quoted by Kathleen Norris (ht: Dylan)

The novel is arguably a Protestant literary form--and the rise of the novel certainly coincided with the decline of poetry, drama and storytelling as a communal experience. Today, reading is considered to be something one does in solitude, away from the madding crowd (in a manner of speaking), so as to have an individual experience of the material. That makes (some) sense only people can still talk about the same book. Fr. Stephen's Brideshead Revisited ("the story of grace and salvation in spite of human waywardness") and Barb Nicolosi's Brideshead Revisited ("the invitation of grace to 'grow up' and assume responsibility for our lives") are definitely the same book. Andrew Davies' Brideshead Revisited ("The villain is manmade theology . . .") makes one wonder whether someone switched dust jackets on him for a prank. Yet his reading is awarded the same validity as theirs....[but] we simply cannot talk about the same book unless we really are talking about the same book. Spain seems to have the right idea about their treasured Don Quixote, arguably the first novel ever written... Many readers, of different ages and accents, but one book: the same book. Spain is blessed to have a novel that is such a part of its cultural identity that they can treat contrary interpretations the way actors treat a new play: as a short dip into make-believe after which one can rejoin the real world. In short, whether we are talking about the inspired Word of God or the pulpiest Thriller ever printed, sola scriptura is not enough. - Sancta Sanctis

"I want to hear Latin in the Mass; therefore, I must hate the Jews." ??????? - friend wondering why anti-Semitism is often found in radTrad communities

"If you cannot read all your books, at any rate handle, or, as it were, fondle them ... arrange them on your own plan so that if you do not know what is in them, you will at least know where they are." - Winston Churchill via commenter on Darwin Catholic

Kathy Shaidle has a tagline for her recent posts about the Vatican: "These people aren't smart enough to tell me how to live." Not the way I'd put it, but it's a fair point. You could even say it's one of the keys to how the Church understands herself. We don't believe what the Church teaches because Church teachers are smart. Church teachers teach what was handed down to them by the Apostles, and from all accounts the Apostles were as sharp as a sack of wet mice. The personal virtues of an evangelist make the Gospel more credible to those who hear it preached, but they aren't the foundation of a faith that lasts. - Tom of Disputations

Please authorize me to spend a bajillion dollars. We don't have that kind of money in the treasury, of course, but don't worry about it. We'll leave a big stack of IOUs; the taxpayers can settle up later. The important thing is to inspire confidence in the health of the economy...The economy is terrible awful horrible bad. Worse than you can imagine. Toxic. Can't get better by itself. The important thing is to inspire confidence in the health of the economy. - Diogenes via Terrence Berres

What a woeful vessel [Marcial] was he for this apostolate, but there will be more saints because, and now perhaps in spite, of him. We do not know the whole story and the bad news will probably get worse. The inevitable braying in the media and in the blogosphere is deafening. Leon Podles calls for the suppression of the Legion of Christ and of Regnum Christi. Rod Dreher calls Regnum Christi a cult and oddly uses the crisis to settle an old personal score with the now deceased Father Richard John Neuhaus. Under the guise of a letter to a friend, which in friendly fashion he released to the blogs, Germaine Grisez calls for an investigation, but assumes the Legion must be dissolved...I think of all the thousands of the faithful of the Legion and Regnum Christi who are hurting today. To them I say, remember the good and holy priests and all the members of the movement who are the charism... Either it is false and will die, or it is true and will be your guide to Heaven. - Austin Rose in "The Catholic Thing"

Doesn't anyone out there know that there are seven stages of grief? People respond to grave news through a process. Not every Legionary priests is going to jump to a clear, concise, understanding and acceptance of this and then be able to give just the right balanced answer. Give them a break. After all this is more a tragedy for them than it is for most of us. They need our support and understanding so I don't think we should be adding insult to injury with our complaints that they "just don't get it." Believe me, they get it. They get it down to the bone. Pray! Pray! Pray! and when possible send them a note of love and support. Treat them as if they were in they have been through a trauma - oh yeah! They have! - Mary of "Broken Alabaster"

[Been] dipping into Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession by Anne Rice (speaking of vampires!)...I am most interested in thinking about her Catholic childhood, and how she learned the faith in an iconic, non-reading way. Though I was Episcopalian, not Catholic, as a child, some of what she says resonates deeply with me and my faith journey. Those childhood memories stood me in very good stead when I walked away from the Church (though I never became an atheist, as Rice did). There was never a moment away when I did not realize that I had left something. Something to be reckoned with. It wasn't just nothing. And those invisible strings, stitched into me so very long ago, eventually are what kept me from falling farther away than I did and drew me back into the Church in the end. - MamaT of "Summa Mamas"

Muzak Holdings LLC files for bankruptcy. It's a measure of the severity of the current downturn that a company that survived disco cannot survive this. - Tom Maguire at "Just One Minute" via Terrence Berres

Grief is messy; the general trend is toward healing. But it's disorganized and sad and out of control. You don't expect too much of yourself and you do what you can do. The Blessed Mother gets it, by the way. The day we told our kids that their dad had cancer, we ended up renting "What's' Up Doc?" with Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal and watched it as a family. Surprisingly, it's still a good memory for me and the kids. - Roz of Exultet

I cannot believe that a charism should have to depend upon the moral consistency of the one who receives it. If this were so, we would all be doomed! A charism is a gift from the Holy Spirit (who is anything but tame!) for the Church, for us. Who knows why the Holy Spirit chose to use this particularly fallible priest in order to bestow a charism? - Blogger at "Come to See" via Fred of "Deep Furrows"

1 comment:

MaryH said...

I like the quote from Roz of Exultet. Grief is messy. That perfectly sums up the last month for me. Thank you!