February 02, 2010

Spanning the Globe to Bring You the Constant Variety of Posts

I find it harder and harder every day to live up to my blue china. - Oscar Wilde via Betty Duffy

I find it harder and harder every day to live up to the brilliance of Oscar Wilde's epigrams. - Mrs. Darwin

Drank many cups of coffee and related to one another our adventures during our time apart. Strange to have something to report over dinner, to have spent time doing things that feed our interests and intellects. - Betty Duffy at Williamsburg with her husband

This dialogue, like all the others in which Jesus was involved, is not in the past but is always occurring. To every disciple who asks Him - as we ourselves do - to be at His right hand in glory and to have the joy of His Spirit, Jesus lovingly shows the way: to drink His cup, to receive the baptism He received. - the book The Sober Intoxication of the Spirit"

But keep this in mind: Religion is more about God loving us than us loving God, or loving others, or loving ourselves. The first thing we have to catch is that God loves us, now, as we are. Before doing anything else, we need simply to let ourselves be on the receiving end of the goodness of the Lord. - Bishop Ken Untener

I'm darkly amused by the picture of a pro-abortion counter-protestor to the March For Life carrying a sign which says, "Won't Get Laid Without Roe v. Wade". Why, precisely, does the bearer think that anyone else should be worried by this? - Darwin Catholic

I’m always thinking that Jesus came to suffer with us. He didn’t take away the suffering of the man on His right or His left, or of His mother, or the apostles—He didn’t. Sometimes you wish He would have but you understand that He didn’t because He loves us and He wants us to fulfill our vocations. He doesn’t want to take our vocations away from us. - Vincent Nagle, "Life Promises Life" via Frederick

Aristotle argued that the purpose of tragedy is to make us feel pity and fear, and that through experiencing these emotions intensely while watching (and participating as an audience member in) a drama we purge ourselves of our pent up feelings and thus arrive at the end of the play refreshed and calmed. The thing is, I find myself a lot less eager put myself through excess pity and fear these days...This is not to say that I only want to watch pop-corn movies, but looking over some of my old favorites that I no longer want to watch, I recognize a certain sort of artistic brutality -- not necessarily movie violence, though some of them were indeed very violent movies, but rather some sense in which they were movies that treated their audience to the more extreme ends of the human experience. While these days, I seldom feel so venturesome. -Darwin Catholic

Despair is the conclusion of fools. -Disraeli

Christ is the apotheosis of loveliness. There is nothing about His person that is unlovely. If we are put off by Him, as sometimes we are, it is because His perfect light exposes the flaws in us--we think for all to see. However, Christ is altogether lovely in this as well, for more often than not, our own unloveliness is for ourselves alone--it is not shared nor bruited about nor a cause for rejoicing or ridicule. Christ, in His loveliness, holds up a mirror to us and asks us to transcend it and to reflect Him instead...Jesus Christ is altogether lovely and altogether worthy of everything we can muster in the way of love. Jesus Christ embraces us, loves us, nurtures us, protects us, and gathers us back to the Father. - Steven of Flos Carmeli

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