October 19, 2016

This & That

Sowing the seed. That was the gospel at Sunday's medicinal St John's Byzantine liturgy. I've heard or read that passage maybe a hundred times but today for the first time I heard it not as a forever binary thing, as if each of us is predestined to be either good soil or bad, and so less as a threat of Hell but as a reminder of the present moment. That the seed is not just down once and it's all over, but that God is continually speaking to us and our hearts may be stony or weedy or good soul in that particular moment.

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Quote happened across..."Here is the authentic voice of the Slav. These people hold that the way to make life better is to add good things to it, whereas in the West we hold that the way to make life better is to take bad things away from it."

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Valuable homily the other day about how there's no certainty like inner certainty, meaning the Spirit speaking to us from within. There are no external proofs to understand, for example, the problem of suffering. It takes a going inward not outward.  The homilist said that at first, when he was just out of seminary, he thought his experience was unique as far as receiving some quasi-mystical of experiences of certainty - but he said after hearing many confessions he realized it was a "universal experience".

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Went to a talk by a visiting Monsignor/professor on the subject of voting. He emphasized the legitimacy of single-issue voting on the pro-life issue.  In fact, the whole talk was geared around policy issues, while the elephant in the room for me is character. How can you possibly make a decision between two of such questionable and scary character?  I should've asked it in Q & A.

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Provocative passage from Dr. Keith Mano novel. He recently died and was a writer for National Review back in the '80s:
I learned one thing this morning - the disconcerting power of nakedness. Flesh signals to us. It engages the mind, the endocrine system - and, yes, even the spirit. All the resonance of Christian symbolism - cross and crucifixion, bread and wine - is gathered, it would seem, to counteract and answer the image of a single naked woman.

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