June 17, 2008


The great difficulty in raising a son is making him feel he is loved while at the same time not giving him a sense of entitlement. - Tim Russert

While I completely understand [Anne] Rice's decision never to visit any of her dark sub-created universes again, I think that her Vampire Chronicles are as ad maiorem dei gloriam as her new novels. There may not be any redemption for her characters or any hope for readers, but the same can be said of Dante's Inferno. Rice's Interview with the Vampire is as devoid of faith as it is full of passion, but its message is that a world without light--a world without answers--indeed, a world without God, is hell. - Sancta Sanctis

The Marian dogmas may well “look” late to us, but in fact, as far as we know, we are still in the “early” days of the Church. In the fourth century, many considered the homoousion of Athanasius to be an innovation and novelty and rejected it on that basis...Put aside, for the moment, the alleged novelty of the Catholic dogmas of the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption. Consider, rather, the novelty of Protestant rejection of Marian veneration. Consider the novelty of Protestant rejection of the “practical” sinlessness of Mary and of her perpetual virginity. Consider the novelty of a form of Christianity in which the person of the Theotokos is absent in Protestant preaching, worship, and devotion. And all of this is justified in the name of the plain reading of Scripture, yet who before the 16th and 17th centuries ever read the Scriptures so as to reduce Mary to one sinner among many? How many Protestants are happy to say with St Augustine: “Every personal sin must be excluded from the Blessed Virgin Mary for the sake of the honor of God.” When the “direct” reading of the Bible leads to such drastic reduction of the faith catholic, then I suggest that it is time to stop reading the Bible with one’s “brain on” and start reading it in faith *with* the Church...Or as Stanley Hauerwas provocatively puts it: “No task is more important than for the Church to take the Bible out of the hands of individual Christians in North America.” - Al Kimel of "Pontifications" comment on Internet Monk's blog

Try to find someone who has gone a similar journey and follow their lead as far as sprituality and spiritual reading. In spiritual reading, accept what is useful to you, reject what is not. -Rev. Hayes O.P.

I love a good iconic film moment as much as anyone else (and I love iconic 80s films even more), but let's not be distracted. There's something wrong about that adorable rubbery alien from the sky turning out to be Elliot's saviour. Those stupid scientists treating E.T. like a lab experiment were bad enough and blind enough: the only revelations they wanted out of our little hero were scientific data. That's as bad as someone traveling back to Palestine to meet Jesus, only to ask him whether it's a sin to watch Pushing Daisies. The resulting questions would be just as nitpickingly brainless as any that the Pharisees might have asked him...Not that E.T. makes much of a messiah. I mean, what are we supposed to make of his coming? What does this tell us about the universe? How are we to let it influence the way we live? - Sancta Sanctis

The yellow rose that just bloomed today in my garden brings me a repeated and sustained pleasure that verse, especially on the page, is not likely to match. - poet Heidi Staples on the charisma of the real

Hillary Clinton's professed favourite film is Out Of Africa. Interesting. Out Of Africa is... a recollection of a pastoral Eden, where a benign aristocracy treats both nature and natives with misty reverence. It suggests that everything would still be nifty on the Dark Continent if the Dutch, British and Germans had just applied a sterner degree of courtliness. - The Guardian

If you want to know what the United States will be like under Barack Obama, look at Canada. If you want to know what Canada is like, consider the case of Mark Steyn and the Human Rights Commission. Be afraid. Be very afraid. - Henry of "A Plumbline in the Wind"

A couple of days ago, walking through the parking garage in the morning, it crossed my mind to pray for patience. I recalled a conversation from the night before where a friend said that he didn't pray for patience because he didn't want to be sent occasions to practice. So he would pray for the other people, the ones who were causing him grief. We shouted with laughter over this idea that he had found a loophole...Then I went on to have one heckuva day. Holy Moly, did it test my patience repeatedly...As I wearily returned to my car, much later than usual, the morning's thought came back to me. I told God, "Look, it was a stray thought. Not an actual prayer!" And then had a hearty laugh at myself for my silliness. Later I realized that perhaps that had been a nudge because I was going to need patience and a prayer for help would have given me some extra grace. Oh so foolish as we are to think that we can outsmart God. - Julie of "Happy Catholic"

America says to foreign producers: We prefer not to pump our oil, so please pump more of yours, thereby lowering its value, for our benefit. Let it not be said that America has no energy policy. - George Will, via Elena of "My Domestic Church"

I have run into confusion in the past about the name of our publishing business: Requiem Press. Most people recognize that "requiem" has something to do with those who have died. In fact someone once said, "Requiem Press? Dead Press? What's that supposed mean?" (I could have replied, "It means you don't know Latin.")...First, "requiem" literally means rest; as in the prayer:
Requiem (rest) aeternam (eternal) dona (give/grant) eis (to them) Domine (Lord).
Because "requiem" is the first word of the prayer, it has become associated with the departed: Requiems are Masses said for the dead. In the same sense we use the word requiem (as in Requiem Press); it was selected to bring this prayer to mind (so more people would say it). We have a special devotion to praying for the holy souls in purgatory. - Jim of "Bethune Catholic"

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