I taught the class about lectio divina and then had each student choose a passage to pray. Afterwards we had a discussion about any insights. One guy chooses the agony in the garden and he pointed out how many of the elements of the "Our Father" can be seen in the garden. 1) "Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed by Thy name" = Jesus prays, "Thy will be done." 2) "Give us this day our daily bread" = Jesus = Jesus sweats blood and is about to offer his body 3) "and forgive us our tresspasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us" = Jesus heals the ear of the soldier 4) "and lead us not into temptation" = Jesus says "pray that you will not fall into temptation." 5) deliver us from evil = I don't know :) Pretty cool, I thought. - Paul Herboth on Facebook
In summer, too, Canute-like; sitting here, one is often reminded of the sea. For not only do long groundswells roll the slanting grain and little wavelets of the grass rippple over upon the low piazza, as their beach, and the blown down of dandelions is wafted like the spray, and the purple of the mountains is just the purple of billows, and a still August noon broods upon the deep meadows, as a calm upon the Line; but the vastness and lonesomeness are so oceanic, and the silence and the sameness, too, that the first peep of a strange house, rising beyond the trees, is for all the world like spying, on the Barbary Coast, an unknown sail. - From "The Piazza" by Melville via Steven Riddle's "A Momentary Taste of Being" blog
My favourite was: "Don't give anyone unsolicited advice, because it's never listened to, anyway." The irony, of course, is that the above comment was some unsolicited advice, which was also not listened to. EP countered immediately: "Let's thank God for real friends, who give unsolicited advice to us because they care that we're ruining ourselves!" - Sancta Sanctis
The original sin of health care coverage was making health insurance you get through your job excludable from taxation...it means that none of us are concerned by expenses...or are only by (1 - the tax rate). - Commentator on "Uncommon Knowledge"
Get your laws off our sacraments - Title of Bill White post concerning governmental claim of authority over marriage
I think that seeing people in modest period dress in Church, while vaguely edifying maybe, makes it seem as if Catholicism is a throwback that has no application in the modern world. As if there's just no way to be holy in modern clothes, which I know is not true. Didn't St. Francis de Sales say that he would have Christians the best-dressed people in a room? Anyway, people who wear prairie dresses for modesty's sake tend to forget how tightly fitted the actually dresses from the 1880's were. Remember how tightly Mary has to lace her corset to get her dress to fit properly? People didn't start wearing this baggy shapeless stuff until the flapper era, and then it was short….I think we can safely say that it's an offense against God to wear something that's an offense against both beauty and truth. - - Mr. Darwin on Betty Duffy's blog
It's hard to imagine Mel Gibson saying that sober. - Terrence Berres, on a Vox Nova anti-Israel blog post
Cold beer is bottled God...My tongue, for all the ice-cold God I drink, is hot as a camel-saddle sandily mounted by baked Bedouins. - Dylan Thomas, The Collected Letters, via Dylan of "dark speech"
Have children. Because as you get older you’ll see, in abashed humility (because of all the things you did wrong in their raising) that the most important, coolest thing you have ever done in your life is play whatever part God has graced you to play in setting interesting new people loose in God’s world. Everything else pales. And this reason has nothing to do with your legacy or your name or your physical desires to be a mommy or daddy or your unfulfilled dreams or wishes. These children will someday leave you in the dust. Literally. It’s about the gift of them – not to you, even, but to God and God’s world - Amy Welborn
Walking in the woods..the kids point the [remarkable fungi] out: “There’s a red one! That one’s yellow! This one is pure white. I think I’ll name it the Baptism mushroom.” Yes, my good, pious children name mushrooms after Sacraments. - Betty Duffy
There was that feeling - at least there was when all of this was new to us - of opening our eyes and then realizing 'I get to go down to the paper again today.' Like when you fall in love for the first time, and you blink to wakefulness in the throes of that new love and, even in your grogginess, you know without knowing why that this is going to be another good day. 'I get to go down to the paper again today.' - Bob Greene in "Late Edition" on his early newspaper career