May 23, 2007

         

Simply said, you are my best friend - I don't know any of my friends that would send me money when I'm broke or work three jobs to help make all of my dreams come true. You are there for Ebes and me day and night, 365 days a year, and don't think that goes unnoticed. I don't know how you balance everything in your life and continue to always be such a wonderful mom. You are going to have to share your secret with me one day. You are the definition of unselfish - you put your family before everything, even yourself and for that I just want to say thank you and I love you. - Bill Luse's daughter's tribute to her mother

Our news cycles move so fast now, so incredibly, terribly fast. All of [Va Tech] was just a month ago - April 16. One month. That's all. It filled the news for a few days, but now the news has moved on to something else, back to other things. But hundreds have not. You know, when I was younger - actually not much younger - the life of a contemplative was unimaginable to me. How, I wondered, could anyone pray all day? What could keep you down on your knees so much? How could you think of enough to pray for? Slowly, I'm beginning to figure it out. And now I think there are not enough hours in the day or night. Not nearly enough. Trusting that the prayers rise out of the grief, making their way, not into the air where they cannot be answered, but into the waiting embrace of Life and Love Eternal. - Amy Welborn

Good thing Ascension Thursday Sunday doesn't have an octave. Then we'd have Ascension Thursday Sunday Monday, and Ascension Thursday Sunday Tuesday, etc. ... commenter on CWN's "Off the Record" via Terrence Berres

Unlike the Clinton administration, which lied with a fluency and bravado that will impress PR hacks for decades to come, the Bush administration stumbles, flusters, and eventually disheartens even its staunchest supporters. Or, as my friend Bill Walsh puts it, they cannot even tell the truth convincingly. - David Frum of NRO

As I see it, Lambeth didn’t legalise contraception it legalised sexual perversion. Once you allow emission of semen from its proper designated place, well, it ends up anywhere. -- commenter on "What's Wrong With the World"

Fr. Byrne decided he would operate the CSC by a straightforward rule: the Center would be about Catholic kids doing Catholic things with other Catholic kids. If it wasn't 100% Catholic, he wasn't going to invest time, money, or effort in it. One good thing about a culture in which tolerance is the only virtue is that it's easy to recognize how radical is the claim, "God loves us, and His Son is here in the tabernacle." Fr. Byrne began with that 100% Catholic claim, and once (but not until) his flock got a firm handle on that, he worked his way out from there. He says weekly Mass attendance has gone from 350 to 1,000 in the eight years he's served as chaplain; attendance has also increased from 12 at the one daily Mass to 50 across the two daily Masses. - Tom of Disputations

One thing to also note is that most all of Jesus’ famous sayings came from the OT. This means that we can see the struggle of the OT Hebrews between knowing their God as love and one as a tribal sponsor defeating all their enemies. Jesus came with the authoritative answer. He pointed back to the parts of the OT that are of God’s nature...I respect your search through these questions. These were my own questions as I moved from agnosticism to faith. For me, the questions finally went away as I started working in service to other people. Love is a verb, not a noun. And so there are many, many questions I don’t have the answer to. But what I do know is that God exists, He is love and He has called me to participate in His providence. - commenter on "Roman Catholic blog" to another commenter seeking answers

Conservatives tend to make a big deal about the occasional irruption of straightforward anti-Catholicism, from Amanda Marcotte to Tony Auth. But that kind of anti-Catholic bigotry, the kind of day-to-day stuff that gets Bill Donohue all riled up, is often the sincerest form of flattery: When you’re as big and old and imposing as the Church of Rome, of course a lot of people are going to hate you, and when the Marcottes of the world stop spewing venom in the Church’s direction it’ll be a sign that Catholicism is on the way out. Nuland’s anecdote, by contrast, gets at something that should actually bother Catholics, and something worth struggling against: Namely, the fact that our culture’s entire self-understanding – the story it tells itself about its own past, about where it’s been and where it’s going – is steeped even now in an Anglo-Protestant interpretation of history, and shot through with anti-Catholic assumptions and prejudices. Most Americans don’t think that John Roberts and Sam Alito are secretly loyal to Rome, for instance, but everybody knows that the Middle Ages were dark and brutal and barbarous, everybody knows that Protestantism freed the Western mind from bondage and that the Protestant work ethic built the modern world, everybody knows that the Church has always been an inveterate foe of scientific inquiry (Galileo! Galileo!), and so on and so forth. And that everybody includes an awful lot of American Catholics, the unwitting heirs of a Whiggish interpretation of the past that downplays, denigrates and dismisses their own religious patrimony. - Ross Douthat of "American Scene"

The dog's very lawlessness is but an extravagance of loyalty; he will go mad with joy three times on the same day, at going out for a walk down the same road. The modern world is full of fantastic forms of animal worship; a religion generally accompanied with human sacrifice. Yet we hear strangely little of the real merits of animals; and one of them surely is this innocence of all boredom; perhaps such simplicity is the absence of sin. I have some sense myself of the sacred duty of surprise; and the need of seeing the old road as a new road. But I cannot claim that whenever I go out for a walk with my family and friends, I rush in front of them volleying vociferous shouts of happiness; or even leap up round them attempting to lick their faces. It is in this power of beginning again with energy upon familiar and homely things that the dog is really the eternal type of the Western civilisation. - GK Chesterton

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