in gk chesterton’s st. thomas aquinas - the dumb ox - which i’m listening to care of audible.com, highly recommeded to anyone who is behind on books you’reÂ hoping to read in this lifeÂ - he tells a funny little anecdote of the pope standing back admiring his new palace and observing with great satisfaction, “Peter can no longer say, ‘gold and silver I have not,’” to which St. Francis replied, “No, neither can he say, ‘Arise and walk’!”
for anyone who’s following the UAE port management handoff, michelle malkin strikes a good balance between “the tone-deafness of the White House” and the “craven political opportunism of the Democrats” here.
Remember not the events of the past
the things of long ago consider not;
See, I am doing something new!
Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
In the desert I make a way,
in the wasteland, rivers.
am heading to a camaldoleseÂ hermitage (above pics from their website) in big sur tomorrow to take a few days apart before continuingÂ through a steady stream of crossroads…
working on some transcription, thought i’d pass along this classic keyesÂ passage.Â i especially like the lineÂ about fighting over which method to fornicate…Â
When are we going to get fed up with this spectacle?Â I think weâ€™re going to get fed up with it when we remember who we are supposed to be.Â Now I realize that there are forces in this country who donâ€™t want us to do that, absolutely donâ€™t want us to remember who we are supposed to be.Â They want us to think of ourselves as consumers, they want us to think of ourselves in terms of our sexual identities and fight over which method we use to fornicate and so forth and so on.Â They want us to think of ourselves as if the whole goal and purpose of our life is materialism and hedonism and consumption and whoever gives us the best deal in terms of our next little set of pleasures, thatâ€™s what weâ€™re for, and thatâ€™s what weâ€™re about; and elections should be decided by a popularity contest, whoever is able through their demagoguery to promise that they will give us the most pleasure and give us the most material goods in exchange for our own hard earned dollars, weâ€™ll elect them like the fools they expect us to be.Â See?Â Theyâ€™re looking at us and theyâ€™re saying, oh these fools, what fools these mortals be, they keep electing us while we bribe them with their own money.Â
i read the other day that when C.S. Lewis first came to believe in God, he was deeply frustrated that he could never come to know anything beyond that He was. he considered coming to knowledge of God to be as impossible as Hamlet being able to come to know Shakespeare. he reasoned that the only way that Hamlet could come to know Shakespeare is if Shakespeare wrote himself into the play as a character accessible to Hamlet. and then, a ways down the road, he realized that that is precisely what God did with the Incarnation…