This is the best quote I have read over the last few days about Jorge Bergoglio (Pope Francis I). The original source for this quote is from an article in The Weekly Standard that can be found here. I was made aware of this article through Peter Leithart’s blog over at …
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This is seed-time, not harvest. God sows the seed, and some time or other he will do the reaping. The one thing I must do is to make sure the seed falls on fertile ground. And I must arm myself against the pain and depression that sometimes almost defeats me. If this is the way God has chosen-and everything indicates that it is-then I must willingly and without rancor make it my way.
-Father Delp (died 1945) was a German Jesuit priest condemned to death by the Nazis in Berlin, Germany.
Music So here’s the thing, I am not a big fan of the new Mumford and Sons album Babel. I think that Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis of the Sound Opinions podcast nailed it in their review of the album. Also, here is a controversial article from Curator Magazine by Nathan Chang entitled …
Christ subverted all worldly systems – political, familial, financial: not for the sake of being subversive, but because acting with utter integrity is automatically subversive. He was left of the furthest left and right of the furthest right, both radically liberal and radically conservative. In one breath he could say, “Honor your father and your mother” (Mark 7:10) and in another, “Let the dead bury their own dead” (Luke 9:60)
I am much enjoying Dissolution, a splendid mystery novel by C.J. Sansom set during the time of the 16th century English Reformation. I am a little over halfway through and was delighted today to come across this particular passage. This is a conversation between the main character, Matthew Shardlake, and …
Jazz and quantum physics have a lot in common. Two weeks ago I stumbled across the John Coltrane album Live at the Village Vanguard and Brian Greene’s book “The Fabric of the Cosmos” at a library used book sale. That same week PBS was scheduled to play the Nova series devoted …
I get the feeling that a lot of us, privileged Americans, as we enter our early 30s, have to find a way to put away childish things and confront stuff about spirituality and value…It seems to me that the intellectualization and aestheticizing of principles and values in this country is one of the things that’s gutted our generation. All the things that my parents said to me, like “It’s really important not to lie.” OK, check, got it. I nod at that but I really don’t feel it. Until I get to be about 30 and I realize that if I lie to you, I also can’t trust you. I feel that I am in pain, I’m nervous, I’m lonely and I can’t figure out why. Then I realize, “Oh, perhaps the way to deal with this is really not to lie.” The idea that something so simple, and, really, so aesthetically uninteresting – which for me meant you pass over it for the interesting, complex stuff – can actually be nourishing in a way in a way that arch, meta, ironic, pomo stuff can’t, that seems to me to be important. That seems to me like something our generation needs to feel.
This passage from a work by Caryll Houselander is perhaps one of the most profound and straightforward meditations I have read in regards to a Christian approach to human relationships. Houselander was a lay Catholic writer and artist who was born in 1901 and died of breast cancer in 1954 …
We live in a post-authentic world.
-Bruce Springsteen (during keynote address at SXSW 2012)
What cannot be said must be passed over in silence. But what cannot be said is most important of all.
Discarnate man is not compatible with an incarnate Church.
Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate.
-Someone On Facebook
One of my favorite quotes comes from the man who not only wrote many of his own books and articles, he also, “…edited the translation of several hundred theological writings into English from other languages, including the English translation of the thirteen-volume, six-million-word Church Dogmatics of Karl Barth, as well …