February 23, 2010

Spanning the Globe to Bring You the Constant Variety of Posts

Dr. Kheriaty begins by remarking how the architects and builders of the great medieval cathedrals didn't seem to want any credit for the remarkable work they had done. Their names are not carved into cornerstones. They aren't immortalized with bronze plaques. No portraits of architects hang on the vestibule walls of cathedrals. These men preferred to be anonymous. Now, I had already known this interesting fact, but unlike Dr. Kheriaty had never given it much thought. The author goes on to describe how such personal humility is completely at odds with today's attitudes, and traces the change to the kind of self-adulation typical of Rousseau and his Enlightenment contemporaries. - Blogger at "Being is Good" on a First Things article

In the past two weeks my children have been to school once, on a two hour delay. I like having them home. I prefer being snowed in to wanting to go out and having nothing to do. It's a different kind of "stuck at home." There's some psychology at work that says it's good and right to be where you are, because there is no other option. Options, for whatever reason, create dissatisfaction in me. - Betty Duffy

The problem with the metaphors that stress the unchosen aspect of conversion is that they can make it sound like what you need to do, if you want to find God, is simply wander around waiting to be struck by lightning. Pray, go to church, but mostly wait for the experience that will dissolve your doubts. But, in fact, if you are "seeking," you might be best served by doing philosophy. Find a community or a group of friends with whom you can fruitfully argue; take the Symposium, not the Song of Songs, as your guide...Do not do this alone. Do it with friends. Loving friendship is the irreplaceable foundation of philosophy. Accepting a conclusion of philosophy is not the same as encountering the living God. But it is like that encounter, insofar as it can be the result of philosophical seeking. It is something you can work hard to find, and yet when you find it, it reshapes you. Philosophy, taken seriously, makes you change your life. But it's easy to understand that philosophy is a practice over the long term, not an unexpected epiphany. - Eve Tushnet on "Inside Catholic"

As a cradle Catholic at this point of my spiritual journey I feel like being a Catholic is like being married to the most obnoxious publicly scandalous spouse, no, it is like being born into a family (that you can't get out of no matter how hard you try) that is schizophrenically preoccupied about everything unimportant, and yet is drawn into the stillest silence from their soul of souls at the Consecration of the Mass only to return to their complete mayhem argumentations and tirades about the music, the furniture, the language, the order as if that would really cure the lack of the 24/7 Union with Christ. - "Mother of Two Sons" on "Inside Catholic"

I look at my own chicken soup posts as bread upon the waters: If there's a duck out there who eats it (and some uninspired posts of mine have been reported to really hit the spot), good! But I shouldn't insist on it happening, or even bet on it, and I certainly shouldn't think of writing it as a solemn duty. - Tom of Disputations

Jesus was gay, reveals Elton John. Any thoughts on Mohammed, Elt? - Mark Steyn of "The Corner"

I think the key difference between TR and Wilson is that TR was a fighter while Wilson was a hater. Colonel House's advice to those seeking a favor from Wilson was: "Discover a common hate, exploit it, get the President warmed up, and then start on your business."...Wilson was a categorical thinker and detested categories of people. Roosevelt was a man who disliked categories of people, too, but his categories weren't abstractions. He detested slackers and the like, but he could admire men of any race or station if they weren't slackers. They were both moralists, but TR's moralism wasn't an abstraction; Wilson's was. Disagreement with TR was invitation to a battle for victory. Disagreement with Wilson was proof that that the dissenter was evil. The difference explains why TR had an authoritarian bent, but Wilson a totalitarian one. In this sense (as well as many, many others), TR was simply the better man. - Jonah Goldberg of "The Corner"

The Catholic war paint: Just because I only get one shot at this per year. - Blogger at Defensor Veritatis picture here

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