The poverty of the manger in Bethlehem is not chiefly economic; it is, first and foremost, the poverty of One who was in the form of God, yet emptied Himself, being made in the likeness of men. This is the message of Bethlehem, of the whole Gospel. Not, "God wants you to be rich like His Son," nor, "God wants you to be poor like His Son," but, "God wants you to be loved like His Son."
- Tom of Disputations
To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle.
- George Orwell
Writing gives you the illusion of control, and then you realize it's just an illusion, that people are going to bring their own stuff into it.
- David Sedaris
It is not wrong to want to live better; what is wrong is a style of life which is presumed to be better when it is directed towards "having" rather than "being," and which wants to have more, not in order to be more but in order to spend life in enjoyment as an end in itself.
- Pope John Paul II via Darwin Catholic
There are so many things I get wrong. But this one thing, this desire to love God, is one thing I know I do right, because it was given to me, independently of my own efforts. “He has put into my heart a marvelous love.” It comes from outside myself, “a greater joy than they have from abundance of corn and new wine.” - Betty Duffy
I knew that the Cincinnati Reds Baseball Club died the day free agency was born...If Barry Larkin had played in a big market, he'd get into the HOF no doubt. His numbers, which are pretty much the same as Roberto Alomar's, warrant it. But he played in a small market, and the world has changed. No longer is there such thing as capitalism. It's corporatism, the leviathan, and it eats teams like Cincinnati for breakfast. - - bitter Reds fan "Daedalus" on Larkin not making the HOF
The weather down here is more suitable to some other part of the country. I want my global warming back. - Bill of Florida and Apologia
I fancied myself Vigdis the Viking Lady from Sigrid Undset’s “Gunnar’s Daughter.” - Betty Duffy, on efforts to dig out from many inches of snow
yesterday was hell no mirth. went to re-register so i could check out the heap o' words from the library. and wound up having to traipse across the yes gorgeous yet hilly and wide wide way of the UGA campus with her babuness in tow. she wanted to stop at every flag (those flag's that landscapers place around the place) and dally and dilly. so we did. then we'd arrive at our destination, and i'd be locked out by invisible computer bureaucraps and so we had to re-traipse and re-dilly and re-dally. at the end of it all, dinner-time, armload of books and eager grin and light heart at the desk… - Mildred's Umbrella
A priest friend of mine recently told me that Tradition is not a Thing so much as it is an Activity of the Church. Like the electron in physics, it is always in motion and its exact location can never be pinpointed because the very act of observation affects it. The medievals were as immersed in both Tradition and the small-t traditions as everyone reading this is immersed in electronic media. Would we describe wireless connectivity, electronic mail, Web rings and other social networks, the 'blogosphere, or even the Internet itself as simply things? Obviously, a more complex understanding is in order. - Sancta Sanctis