Sunday, October 19, 2014

Some autumn thoughts:

But when fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays a while like an old friend that you have missed.  It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.
It stays on through October and, in rare years, on into November.  Day after day the skies are a clear, hard blue, and the clouds that float across them, always west to east, are clam white strips with gray keels.  The wind begins to blow by the day, and it is never still.  It hurries you along as you walk the roads, crunching the leaves that have fallen in mad and variegated drifts.  The wind makes you ache in some place that is deeper than your bones.  It may be that it touches something old in the human soul, a chord of race memory that says Migrate or die--migrate or die.
                                                                               -Stephen King, 'Salem's Lot

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

In Principio

Julie Davis over at Happy Catholic quoted this from Ronald Knox's translation of the Bible:
God, at the beginning of time, created heaven and earth. Earth was still an empty waste, and darkness hung over the deep; but already, over its waters, stirred the breath of God. Genesis, The Holy Bible, Knox Translation
I love that, "already, over the waters...". God has cared for us from the beginning.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Gladdened by the Thought of God

Our little Morning Prayer booklet up at church this morning contained this:
Morning prayer is intended and arranged to sanctify the morning.  St. Basil the Great gives an excellent description of this character in these words:  'It is said in the morning in order that the first stirrings of our mind and will may be consecrated to God and that we may take nothing in hand until we have been gladdened by the thought of God.'  (from the General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours)
How apt is it to speak of being "gladdened by the thought of God"!  

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Mystery of the Cross

“This was my first encounter with the Cross and the divine power it imparts to those who bear it—it was the moment my unbelief collapsed and Christ began to shine his light on me—Christ in the mystery of the Cross.”
The quote above is from an article about Husserl's students, and is Edith Stein talking about Husserl;s death.  The article is quite interesting, and can be found here.

Friday, March 07, 2014

The thing about music is you never know the shape of anyone's desire.
from Orfeo, by Richard Powers Wouldn't this apply to prayer as well?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Weep Before Your Father in Heaven

This is from A Song For Nagasaki by Paul Glynn, S.M. Takashi Nagaii is writing to his two young children:
"My death will leave you orphans, vulnerable and alone in the world. You will weep. Yes, you might even weep your hearts out, and that will be good--provided you weep before your father in heaven. We have it on the authority of his Son, and I have experienced the truth of it personally: 'Happy are those who weep, for they shall be comforted.' Spill your tears before him, and he will always dry them."
Dr. Nagaii was a pioneer in Japan in the use of X-rays, a convert to Catholicism, a survivor the the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, and revered in Japan as Gandhi is in India. The story is fascinating.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Wisdom from Padre Pio

I saw this on Pinterest:
You don't have to be worthy, you only have to be willing.
This quote came in an email from Loome Theological Booksellers. It is from Romano Guardini, who more often than not challenges me. The book is titled "The Last Things".
“The central position of man in Christianity confers on the Sacraments, especially on the Eucharist, a meaning wholly new. What did Christ mean when He said, ‘He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood hath everlasting life, and I will raise him up on the last day’? (John 6:55). Why did He not say, He that attaches his spirit to My spirit, who undertakes to do My will? Because what matters is not ‘spirit,’ but the living, human-divine reality of Christ, which has its point of decision precisely in that which any spiritualizing tendency first relinquishes – namely, the body, or, in the precise language of St. John, ‘the flesh.’ Because in man it is the living whole that matters, not the soul. The point of decision is the physical act of ‘eating’ and ‘drinking,’ in contrast to any attempts at vaporizing this solid reality. The fruit of this sacred ‘eating’ and ‘drinking’ is the resurrection on the last day. Truly a ‘hard’ saying, for it involves the end and purpose of the Christian life. The doctrine of the Eucharist is guaranteed by the doctrine of the resurrection”.
I think I'll have to chew on this for a while.