July 20, 2010

Spanning the Globe to Bring You the Constant of Variety of Posts

An open scent bottle soon loses its scent. An open mind is often a vacant mind. There is something to be said for corks. - Arnold Lunn

Have been enjoying the most delectable babymoon, which has left me with less than no desire to sit at the computer and compose. The immediate reality of baby's presence transcends the secondary reality of writing about it. I want to be with her, not analyze and analogize (I say it's a word, so there). As we all know, comparisons are odious...But rest assured (and I'm doing just that this week) that I shall write you up a full account of baby's birth soon enough. The only problem is that no one will believe me… - Mrs Darwin of "Darwin Catholic"

St. Thomas says that, in order for us to take pity on someone, we must make their defect, their cause of misery, our own; and, further, that we have only two reasons for doing this:

Due to union of the affections: We are so united through love with the person that we necessarily regard their defects as our own.

Due to real union: We are aware of the possibility that we too might suffer in the same way.

The latter reason, he says, is common among both "the old and the wise" -- who know better than to pretend they're beyond the reach of evils that befall others -- and among "feeble and timorous persons," whose find it easy to imagine themselves suffering. Whichever reason (or combination of both) we have for being merciful, it involves a defect, a cause of misery, within ourselves. It's a conclusion that has some significant implications -- and they aren't merely of academic interest, at least not for people who want to follow both commands of Jesus quoted above. - Tom of Disputations

Self-pity is I think the least Christian emotion in the history of ever..in general, if you have to entertain negative emotions toward the Church.. I highly recommend bitchy and bitter over self-pitying comfort. That's my considered aesthetic judgment and I'll stick to it until you pry my rosary out of my cold, dead hands. - Eve Tushnet

We finally get to find out what Christoher Hitchens loves after a career of sharing what he loathes: His friendships with Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie and James Fenton; scotch, fighting opressors and the corrupt, the English language and the opportunities from his new homeland. Barely any words on his brother, two wives and three children but the most affecting words are dedicated to his mother and her suicide when he was in his early 20s. The chapters where he loses faith in his Left ideology when confronted with the hard realities of the world and the brutal dictators who leave bodies in the wake of their madness should be required reading for anyone whose instant reaction is that everything is America’s fault. Hitchens learned this by keeping his eyes open and we are the richer for it. - Phil Albinus of "A Musing"

Belief you can change in - title of Terrence Berrence post regarding malware known as Obamacare

“A moderate ascetic? That’s a little extreme, isn’t it?” asked John. “If you’re into denying yourself things and then you deny yourself even the pleasure of denying yourself things, that’s got to hurt.” - Arthur Philips "Prague"

I do hope that Mr. Stupak is at least finding it difficult not to intone the words of Lando Calrissian at his disatisfaction over Imperial treatment, "This deal is getting worse all the time." - blogger at Korrektiv

The Catholic Church speaks a lot of languages. I have a really hard time with natural-law talk, for example, and also with Carmelite spirituality, even though both of those are really different! Whereas I respond really strongly to "theology of the body" and, to a certain extent, Christian neo-Platonism. But the great thing about the Church is that you do not have to buy in to any one particular vocabulary. - Eve Tushnet


mrsdarwin said...

Love that last Eve Tushnet quote (why don't I read her? I always enjoy quotes from her on other blogs), though I do respond to natural-law arguments. On the other hand, Franciscan spirituality leaves me cold. I love Benedictine thought and reading about (though not practicing, alas!) contemplative prayer.

TS said...

I don't read Eve very often either, but should! Ironic that you went to a Franciscan school, 'eh!?