August 18, 2009

Spanning the Globe to Bring You the Constant Variety of Posts

A few years ago, I was shown the significance of Mary's Assumption being formally proclaimed in 1950, after two devastating World Wars had taken atrocities to an unprecedented diabolical level. The world needed to be reminded that God's plan for salvation included the vulnerable body as well as the immortal soul. At a time when the full potential of that vulnerability had never been more evident, when the human body had no indignity left to suffer, the Assumption could be only one of two extremes: a cruel joke in the repertoire of a senseless universe . . . or the last light of sanity in a world gone dark...The Assumption is truly a Glorious Mystery. First came the Resurrection, which reminds us that death no longer has any power over those who belong to Christ; then the even more mysterious Ascension, which was so much like an abandonment that Jesus had to be explicit that He would be with us until the end of time. He sent us the Holy Spirit and the Church born from His side at Calvary began to grow and to spread to the ends of the earth. At this point, the epic story is interrupted with a domestic scene: the Mother of God falls asleep . . . and is quietly carried to Heaven by Angels...Now Mary reigns as our Queen, her glorious Assumption reminding us that even in the most "interesting times" on earth, our life, our sweetness and our hope is with her in Heaven. - Sancta Sanctis

Jesus wanted his mother with him and took her in the same way he will take all of us - bodily and wholly into heaven to be with him and the Father. Today is the Feast of the Assumption. We can look at it and be sure of what is in store for each of us - mercy and sweetness. - Roz of Exultet

Cleaning out books. A copy of "Arise from Darkness" by Groeschel. Michael had underlined only one passage in it: "The most bitterly disappointed people are those who thought.....that this brief, fragile life was going to bring them the joy reserved for the blessed in heaven." - Amy Welborn

God’s delight is not in horses / nor his pleasure in warriors’ strength. The Lord delights in those who revere him, in those who wait for his love. - Psalm 147

We've straddled all these decisions, too -- and struggled with the balance between sacrifice that is necessary and sacrifice that ends in suicide. What we've thought were compromises have often turned out to be our greatest choices; what we've thought were great choices have turned out to be mediocre compromises. Don't ya hate that? It's so hard to know which way way we think must be God's plan and which way really is. Since He just will not send us a post card we pray. watch. pray some more. step back and look at the big picture. pray some more. tweak as necessary or about-face when needed. - commenter on Betty Duffy blog, post here, concerning Betty's decision whether to homeschool her children

Depression is a spiritual cross. It is sent to help the pentitent who does not know how to repent, that is, who after repentance falls again into earlier sins...And therefore, only two medicines can treat this sometimes extremely difficult suffering of soul. One must either learn to repent and offer the fruits of repentance; or else bear this spiritual cross, one's depression, with humility, meekness, patience, and great gratitude to the Lord, remembering that the bearing of this cross is accounted by the Lord as the fruit of repentance...And after all, what a great consolation it is to realize that your discouragement is the unacknowledged fruit of repentance, an unconscious self-chastisement for the absence of the fruits that are demanded...From this thought one should come to contrition, and then the depression gradually melts and the true fruits of repentance will be conceived... - Russian martyr Maria of Gatchina

Herewith a cantrip monotonic,
Hysterical and histrionic:
Pleading that some dark daemonic
Nemesis fall on the chronic
Misusers of the word "iconic"
(Worser plagues than the bubonic).
May some wise man Solomonic
Or philosopher Platonic
Draft an ordinance Solonic;
A magistrate, severe, sardonic,
Could then decree a doom draconic:
Seal them in a dungeon chthonic,
Carcery architectonic
(Columns capital'd Ionic);
Forced to con some dull mnemonic:
Lists of monarchs Babylonic,
Rituals and rites Masonic,
Properties of sections conic –
Till despair athanatonic
Leaves them still and catatonic…
Alas, this verse is not Byronic,
Nor Keatsian, still less Miltonic;
It gives me such a pain colonic,
I think I’ll have a gin-and-tonic. - Bob the Ape on Dylan's blog

A 7-year-old yesterday told me that his favorite Shakespeare play is Macbeth, because it has the line "Double, double, toilet trouble. - Alan Jacobs


Jim Curley said...

Great to have the feature back after a 2-week hiatus. I was so concerned that I composed a haiku (the only poetry I can even contemplate) to mourn its absence. I was going to post it this morning, but found I had forgotten all but the first line-and couldn't compose myself (in a hurry to get out the door) long enough to remember. Now the point is thankfully mute. Thanks.

Ellyn said...

re: "double, double..."

Very profound. And probably explains why I spent my birthday last year at Home Depot toilet shopping. We were studying the Scottish play, which we didn't always refer to as the Scottish play, because at some point, in the instructional process you gotta come right out and say Macbeth and then you're talking about the witches and the next thing - sort of Tinker to Evers to Chance - you're at Home Depot with your husband saying, "it's your birthday, pick whichever one you want."

Enbrethiliel said...


My brother thinks it's "Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble."

A combination--"Bubble, bubble, toilet trouble"--would be the most perfect misquote.

Darwin said...

Ah... Bob the Ape remains my hero. Who can compare?

Betty Duffy said...

TS, I'm so glad you featured the quotes from the comments section here. What a wonderful occasion it is when the comments take on a life of their own--where the quality of thought and writing of the community far exceeds that of the original post.

That last commenter, Lisa, blogs at

And AnonymousII? Could that be you?

Bob the Ape said...

And the Darwins are heroes of mine, but for a wholly opposite reason: for I write nonsense, while they write sense.

Darwin said...

A combination--"Bubble, bubble, toilet trouble"--would be the most perfect misquote.

Which reminds me of this little gem which TS once linked to, back in the days when we had a little too much toilet trouble in our own lives:


In a nonsensical world, yours may be the better path...