June 27, 2006


I Came, I Saw, I Contemplated - title of a new blog

I post with some trepidation, since I've noticed that whenever I slip into inactivity I start picking up subscribers (mostly people who sign up for any and all library blogs whatsoever), but when I make an effort to post more frequently I lose them. Extrapolating from this trend, if I never posted I would attain the popularity of an Instapundit, but probably the strategy has diminishing returns. So here's a post for form's sake. - blogger at biblioblog.blogspot.com

Posting something even in not-even-trying-not-to-be-fake Latin is like telling your fellow Knights of Columbus you have too much beer in your refrigerator. People will lend you a hand without being asked twice. - Tom of Disputations

The real problem isn't that the Herald's light is under a basket. The Herald is the basket. For example, when a local pastor, Fr. David Cooper, permitted a prayer service for women's ordination at St. Matthias Church, Archbishop Dolan demanded he apologize. Yet our Catholic Herald recently ran this column by Fr. Richard McBrien taking the same problematic position. - Terrence Berres of "The Provincial Emails"

As we wandered the arena, we fell into conversation with Art, a representative of the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario. He was taken aback, to say the least, that (1) we were not pig farmers, (2) not from Ontario, and (3) we had wandered over from the Shakespeare Festival where we were spending our honeymoon. Since an industry gathering isn't the best place to find Christian fellowship walking by, he was probably genuinely glad to chat with us for a while about his organization, his family's roots in farming, and his hopes (however remote) that one of his children might take over the farm someday. One of his daughters gave us a small New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs. I haven't had one of those since my college days. They're very handy to keep in a purse, so I accepted with thanks. As we strolled away, Henry began paging through it and found a favorite passage. He began to read it aloud, as he does so well. It was delightful, but one of the more improbable romantic moments one might hope to encounter during one's honeymoon. And that's how to came about, boys and girls, that Roz's dear husband ardently declaimed to her Proverbs 31's praise of the excellent wife in the middle of the Ontario Pork Congress. - newlywed Roz of "Exultet" speaking of Henry of "A Plumbline in the Wind"

This was the spirit of the time--an awakening, some might say, from the torpor and sleep of Victorian prudery and oppression. Others might describe it as a long slide into the slough of sin. The truth probably lay somewhere between the two. The excesses of Victorian prudery and were well laid to rest, but they were only replaced by the excesses of the decadents from whom too much was never enough. - Steven Riddle on the opera Salome derived from Oscar Wilde's play

I honestly have my doubts as to whether, as a whole, Protestant preaching is any better than Catholic homiletics...Most of the evangelicals of every stripe are repetitive, and if they're not repetitive, they're disjointed, and they more often than not lapse into self-helpfulness. The mainstream Protestants I hear on television or on the radio don't strike me as particularly engaging, either. They are earnest, and that is about it. I am tough on priests and homilies...But I do think that there is also no agreement out there (and I mean among people who write and teach about this) as to what Catholic homiletics should be all about, anyway, and some of that even goes back to the disarray in Catholic Scripture scholarship over the past few decades. The fundamental question is: if the bottom line of Scripture scholarship has been the skeptical line (and it has)...from where can the power of preaching come? - Amy Welborn

A wise judge will not give the wrong decision in the face of a hard case. He will allow himself to appear to have hardened his heart, because he knows that truest mercy lies in not making a bad law. - Ghandi

Honestly, it breaks your heart to see the traditional Episcopalian wonder what is going to happen to their church.  As my wife said to me, imagine how you would feel if some group or social movement tried to take over the Catholic Church?  Well it almost happened.  I distinctly remember being in grade school (1970’s) and hearing a liberal priest telling a friend’s parents, “Just wait by the end of this decade all of the barriers of this Church will come crashing down.”  I distinctly recall trying to figure out what that meant as this friend’s parents grew angry.  I was reminded of this conversation a few years ago. This man is no longer in the priesthood and I don’t think he even attends a church anymore.  It was all about an agenda for him. - David Hartline of "Catholic Report"

The Episcopal Church: doing its part to make the USCCB look good. - John at "The Inn at the End of the World"

"[Henry Kissinger] is fascinated with how national characteristics translate into [soccer] playing styles: Brazil’s unbridled joy, England’s noble purpose, Germany’s grim determination.” Wow! You can interpret the psyche of a nation through soccer? Perhaps that is the reason why, although an anti-globalist, I prefer international sporting events to national ones. American Football would be much more interesting if the Buffalo Bills' and the Miami Dolphins' playing styles were influenced by climate and local cuisine, not which club had more money. - Josue of "Katholik Shinja"

What saying "And With Your Spirit" can teach us...The Liturgy is the work of the Holy Spirit, not the individual presider. In fact there is no "individuals" in the liturgy save the Body of Christ. Our response acknowledges the one Holy Spirit poured upon the presider and reminds us that the work we witness in this Eucharist is the Opus Dei...the work of God. - Michael Dubruiel of "Annunciations"

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