March 09, 2010

Spanning the Globe to Bring You the Constant Variety of Posts

We humans are saved and sanctified in clusters, like grapes.- Blessed Pope John XXIII

The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern. - Lord Acton

I sat down in front of my little Pieta statue and looked at it, not really praying. But it hit me for the first time in a long time, that Christ suffered so that we don't have to. For the past I don't know how many years, I have thought, "Christ suffered so I have to suffer too." It was my excuse for everthing: "Well this is supposed to suck because it's exile, and Christ suffered so the least I can do is embrace the misery of not ever being able to do what I want...Wahh!" But the reality is not that I'm unhappy with life, but that I'm divided. I'm divided by concepts I have created. In unifying my hopes to what God has given me, there really is no suffering. - Betty Duffy

We can do nothing better than place ourselves and all that we have in God's sight: "Behold me!" Let us put away the fear that prevents us. Let us abandon the sloth, the pretense of independence, and the pride. "Look at the good! Look at the shortcomings! The ugly, the unjust, the evil, the wicked, everything -- look at it, O God!" Sometimes it is impossible to alter something or other. But let him see it at any rate. Sometimes one cannot honestly repent. But let him see that we cannot yet repent. none of the shortcomings and evil in our lives are fatal so long as they confront his gaze. The very act of placing ourselves in his sight is the beginning of renewal. Everything is possible so long as we begin with God. But everything is in danger once we refuse to place ourselves and our lives in his sight. - Msgr. Guardini via Dylan of "darkspeech"

I need to become a bit more Martha (In both the Biblical and the Stewart sense)...I also think that my "Mary-ism" is not the really the Biblical kind. It's a bit more self-oriented rather than Christ-oriented, and so is not really the "better part." - Betty Duffy

If you've ever wanted to find out what this Thomism stuff is all about, Ralph McInerny's 13 episode series on Thomism is available for free download as a podcast, only during March 2010, from EWTN. (Scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Since McInerny just passed away on January 29th of this year, this is a nice memorial. He's the sort of personality that attracts love and hate, though; so if you don't like his show, don't give up on Thomism. - Maureen of Suburban Banshee

If all spiritual paths lead to the same place, then why not create a religion based on your culture, to use Smith’s telling phrase, that allows you to sleep in on Sunday mornings? --Christopher Johnson via Terrence Berres of "The Provincial Emails"

Naaman the Aramean comes across as a believable human being in 2 Kings 5. This should not reassure the rest of us human beings, since his instinct is to prefer a lifetime of leprosy to an hour of humility. - Tom of Disputations

A quick story: two friends describe their spiritual masters. One boasts, "My master has supernatural powers and can even walk on water." The second replies, "My master forgives all who have harmed him." The first: "Your master is more powerful than mine." - Fr Peter Feldmeier via Dylan of "darkspeech"


Roz said...

Thank you for extracting the Betty Duffy quote. This should be my computer wallpaper so I see it several times a day.

TS said...

Me too Roz, me too!