2015-02-13

Pensees

"But the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob, the God of the Christians is a God of love and consolation: he is a God who fills the soul and heart of those whom he possesses: he is a God who makes them inwardly aware of their wretchedness and his infinite mercy: who unites himself with them in the depths of their soul: who fills it with humility, joy, confidence and love: who makes them incapable of having any other end but him."
-Blaise Pascal, Pensees (#449)

2014-03-18

unrelated subjects, inseparable precedents

All this from a man who legislated abortion by judging in favor of Roe:
...the focus is on the child and, further, it is on the child who is dependent. There is no more worthy object of the public's concern. The dependent child's needs are paramount, and only with hesitancy would we regulate those needs, in a scale of comparative values, to a position secondary to what the mother claims as her rights.

-Justice Blackmun, majority opinion of Wyman v. James.

2014-03-07

Clear Out the Idols

This bit of advice from Pope Gregory was originally sent to Abbot Mellitus on his departure for Britain [A.D. 601] and shows up in Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People:
"...the temples of the idols among that people should on no account be destroyed. The idols are to be destroyed, but the temples themselves are to be aspersed with holy water, alters set up in them, and relics deposited there. For if these temples are well-built, they must be purified from the worship of demons and dedicated to the service of the true God."

The temples themselves weren't bad; in fact, some of them were "well-built" and only needed to be cleared of the idols and "purified" (minus the holy water and the relics, please). Basically, Gregory says kick out the idols and put the true God in the center. This idea can apply to hip-hop, film, literature, etc.

Gregory continues:
"In this way, we hope that the people, seeing that their temples are not destroyed, may abandon their error and, flocking more readily to their accustomed resorts, may come to know and adore the true God."

2014-02-12

good words

From James Madison's Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments:
"Before any man can be considered as a member of Civil Society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe."

2014-01-14

body & soul




As someone who has probably (unfortunately) cited this quote as Lewis' at one time or another, this article was an interesting read.

It reminded me of this bit from chapter 8 of Screwtape:
"Humans are amphibians-- half spirit and half animal... As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time."
"I have gathered from the scattered memoirs of my predecessors whatever seem appropriate to this project, plucking, as it were, flowers from the literary fields of the ancient authors themselves."
-Eusebius of Caesarea: The Church History, Book 1: Section 1