December 01, 2009

Spanning the Globe to Bring You the Constant Variety of Posts

Oh, to be he, with snakes in the jakes!
Cistercian Merton, in his hermitage of icons,
in his dream-den where Proverb sings a secret ageless wisdom,
yes, the monk of hopeful phone-calls to hospitals of love.
Cistercian Merton, left of center, marginal in the rusted trailer,
patron of my fringe existence, pray for me
with your edifying cables, your sensational times,
your blind-lion tears between loblolly pines,
your vanishing trails to the stone Buddhas of unforeseen heaven,
your vow of silent conversation, prosing haiku pictures
of the cloistered farm, of nature’s wreckage,
of the ramshackle glory of things as they are,
your coffee on cold mornings, your dexterous calligraphies,
your ephemeral Zen monuments of anguish and joy,
your sinful-saintly standing watch as the world does its work,
your searing psalmody, your soaring liturgies, your telling beads of heartbreak,
your sighs to the hills and frosted nightstars
of a distant immortal Kentucky. - - Thomas DeFreitas in "The Christendom Review"

Your drudgery is divine.

"A servant with this clause
Makes drudgery divine,
Who sweeps a room as for Thy laws
Makes that, and the action, fine."

- commenter on Betty Duffy's blog

"Mrs. Darwin?" I called. "Did you drink the left-over margaritas today?"


"Because someone did."


"Did any of the kids seem odd today?"

"Oh my gosh, the neighbor kids!"...

Sad to say, interviews this morning revealed a rather less exciting story. Our own three-year-old had poured herself a cup of "lemonaid" from the fridge, but on tasting it concluded that "it tasted like wine" and so for the general welfare she had poured the cup and indeed all the rest of the pitcher down the sink.

I must admit that, while I'm glad no one was made sick, I am a little disappointed at the true story. - Darwin Catholic

Q: What did the Calvinist say after he fell down the stairs?

A: Well! I'm glad that's over with! - Mark Shea

[Writing] is an impulse, a way of making sense of the world and of relationships. When someone is born with this impulse, not writing, to some extent means not growing. And publishing is a natural end to this process. There will always be a struggle then to write honestly and still protect the people and experiences that inform the writing process...David Matthews, author of “Ace of Spades,”says, “When it comes to writing about family or friends, you can be liked, or you can tell the truth. If you want both, you should become an accountant.” - Betty Duffy

I've been learning about Young Earth Creationism and Uniformitarianism vs. Catastrophism alongside my Evangelical student. This is the first time I've ever come across a serious defense of either theory, and I must say I'm quite fascinated, even as I vaguely think I'm supposed to be appalled. As far as I can tell, the theory that the layers and rock formations in the earth's crust (at least those above the Great Unconformity) were suddenly laid down by a flood that devastated the whole world, is as sound as the consensus that the same layers and rock formations developed over millions of years due to the natural processes of weathering and sedimentation. I have no quarrel with the author of Fire Storm's Science textbook, who seems to lack only the Catholic understanding of the proper relationship between faith and reason. - Sancta Sanctis

There is an evil tendency underlying all our technology - the tendency to do what is reasonable even when it isn't any good. - Robert Pirsig

To those in the crowd who would be His disciples, the message was clear: You, too, have to seek and save what was lost. You have to go to the descendants of Abraham I won't get to, and tell them that salvation has come to their house today. Don't keep Me in your houses for us to admire each other. Bring My word out to the people who haven't already heard it. The grumbling of Zacchaeus's neighbors is similar to the grumbling of the Prodigal Son's brother. All that God has is theirs, if they but knew it, and that includes His joy in Zacchaeus's return to life. - Tom of Disputations

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