Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Desert Fathers, Sunday, February 27, 2011

Poemen said, ‘To be on guard, to meditate within, to judge with discernment: these are the three works of the soul.
Sayings of the Desert Fathers, Benedicta Ward

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Listening to Tradition, Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Tabernacle

To love, suffer, and pray, always with the joy that comes from Jesus. Fiat! Deo gratias! I want to be Eucharistic, a hidden apostle of the divine heart. To practice complete, confident, and loving abandonment. To go to God through the cross, through the heart of Jesus, under the tender protection of Mary, my Mother. May I welcome whatever the future holds. Since it comes from the heavenly Father and the one Friend. As the future arrives, it will bring its own graces. Until then and even afterward, I must remember that “today’s trouble is enough for today” (Mt 6:34), and that I can work and suffer for others and for the glory of God only today.

Finally, inner depths, where he comes in communion, wonderfully uniting himself to us, making himself our guest, our friend, our spiritual food, living on in us spiritually after the actual presence has ceased; this is the tabernacle of his heart, the place of his delights, his repose and his joy. Oh, how I long to be for him at the same time a heaven, a tabernacle, and this appearance under which he comes to me! From beneath this veil where my Savior hides, I will let him shine forth, drawing those he wants to save.

Elisabeth Leseur, was a married lay woman (†1914).  Her cause for canonization is in progress.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Founders Friday, Friday, February 25, 2011

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All see, and most admire, the glare which hovers round the external trappings of elevated office. To me there is nothing in it, beyond the lustre which may be reflected from its connection with a power of promoting human felicity.

George Washington, letter to Catherine Macaulay Graham, January 9, 1790

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wacky Wednesday, Wednesday, February 23, 2011, Who's on first?

It's Wednesday, we've made it half way through the week, it's time to relax and enjoy a laugh.  This is one of the most famous comedy skits of all time, from Abbott and Costello.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Presidents Day Holiday

At least one cat has taken the idea of a day off seriously. Happy President's Day.

In celebration of the day, here's a quote from John Adams.

"I Pray Heaven to Bestow The Best of Blessing on THIS HOUSE, and on ALL that shall hereafter Inhabit it. May none but Honest and Wise Men ever rule under This Roof! "
John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams, November 2, 1800
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Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Desert Fathers, Sunday, February 20, 2011

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The Lord's Day is a mystery of the knowledge of the truth that is not received by flesh and blood, and it transcends speculations. In this age there is no eighth day, nor is there a true Sabbath. For he who said that `God rested on the seventh day,' signified the rest of our nature] from the course of this life, since the grave is also of a bodily nature and belongs to this world. Six days are accomplished in the husbandry of life by means of keeping the commandments; the seventh is spent entirely in the grave; and the eighth is the departure from it.

St. Isaac of Syria, The Ascetical Homilies.I

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Farthers Friday, Friday, February 18, 2011

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"I have examined all religions, as well as my narrow sphere, my straightened means, and my busy life, would allow; and the result is that the Bible is the best Book in the world. It contains more philosophy than all the libraries I have seen."

John Adams, December 25, 1813 letter to Thomas Jefferson
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wacky Wednesday, Wednesday, February 16, 2011

It's Wednesday, we've made it half way through the week, so it's time to kick back and have a laugh.  Here's Foster Brooks on the Dean Martin show.  Enjoy.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Desert Fathers, Sunday, February 13, 2011

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The Lord of all gave to His apostles the power of the gospel, and by them we also have learned the truth, that is, the teaching of the Son of God - as the Lord said to them, `He who hears you hears Me, and he who despises you despises Me, and Him Who sent Me' [Lk.10:16]. For we learned the plan of our salvation from no other than from those through whom the gospel came to us. The first preached it abroad, and then later by the will of God handed it down to us in Scriptures, to be the foundation and pillar of our faith. For it is not right to say that they preached before they had come to perfect knowledge, as some dare to say, boasting that they are the correctors of the apostles. For after our Lord had risen from the dead, and they were clothed with the power from on high when the Holy Spirit came upon them, they were filled with all things and had perfect knowledge. They went out to the ends of the earth, preaching the good things that come to us from God, and proclaiming peace from heaven to all men, all and each of them equally being in possession of the gospel of God.

St. Irenaeus, Against the Heresies, III

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Miscellaneous Musings, Saturday, February 13, 2011

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G. K. Chesterton had amazing insight, combined with some real common sense. Consider this, from What's Wrong with the World (That's not a question, by the way):

The fallacy is one of the fifty fallacies that come from the modern madness for biological or bodily metaphors. It is convenient to speak of the Social Organism, just as it is convenient to speak of the British Lion. But Britain is no more an organism than Britain is a lion. The moment we begin to give a nation the unity and simplicity of an animal, we begin to think wildly. Because every man is a biped, fifty men are not a centipede. This has produced, for instance, the gaping absurdity of perpetually talking about "young nations" and "dying nations," as if a nation had a fixed and physical span of life. Thus people will say that Spain has entered a final senility; they might as well say that Spain is losing all her teeth. Or people will say that Canada should soon produce a literature; which is like saying that Canada must soon grow a new moustache. Nations consist of people; the first generation may be decrepit, or the ten thousandth may be vigorous. Similar applications of the fallacy are made by those who see in the increasing size of national possessions, a simple increase in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. These people, indeed, even fall short in subtlety of the parallel of a human body. They do not even ask whether an empire is growing taller in its youth, or only growing fatter in its old age. But of all the instances of error arising from this physical fancy, the worst is that we have before us: the habit of exhaustively describing a social sickness, and then propounding a social drug.

We have undeniably fallen into this trap of thinking society can be cured of it's ills, rather than that society is ill because of the health or sickness of those individuals in it. We don't want to face the inconvenient truth that the person is more important than the group, and always will be. That's what makes the heresy of "group salvation" so popular and so plausible today, and so awful. It's awful because it strips us of the possibility of hope. If our ultimate destiny consists in what's going on with everyone around us, we're in real trouble. If our ultimate destiny depends on us and who, and what, we are, there's hope for improvment. And that hope is not just for ourselves. If each person recognizes the responsibility he or she has to do what is good, all will be made the better for it. If each is waiting for, and blaming someone else for all the misery in the world, nothing will be made better, it will be made worse.  Isn't hope better than despair?
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Friday, February 11, 2011

Founders Friday, Friday, February 11, 2011

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Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, (I conjure you to believe me fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.

George Washington, Farewell Address, September 19, 1796

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wacky Wednesday, February 9, 2011-A Bomb!!

It's Wednesday, we've made it half-way through the week, so it's time to kick back and relax a little.  Here's a clip from one of the funniest movies I think I've ever seen.  Enjoy!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Monastic Musings, Monday, Febuary 7, 2011

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Why do we need to know about our negativities? Because, such negativities surface without our ability to control them at times. Think, for instance, about being in a line at a grocery store. Make it a rather long line, say, with 10 people. Just as your turn is about to come, the manager comes and closes that line and you have to move to another line, which is as long as the first one originally was.

Listen to the feelings that go on within you. Some people can accept such happenings without any kind of negative reaction. Others cannot. The early monks and nuns were well aware that we must listen to our thoughts as they are provoked by our feelings and begin the battle for freedom at that level. In our present culture, there is at times an enormous emphasis on listening to our feelings and honoring them. That can be most misleading to any of us.

Certainly we need to know our feelings and in that sense honor them. Feelings are not yet actions or choices, but they condition our choices very often. It is not easy to resist anger if everyone around you is angry. On the other hand, a person of peace, walking into a crowd of anger, can change the atmosphere incredibly. The peace and love must be very deep, however, to resist the tug of the anger of others.
From Abbot Phillip’s (Christ in the Desert) Notebook, Wednesday, February 2, 2010

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Desert Fathers, Sunday, February 6, 2011

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St. Gregory The Great, Pastoral Care

He, therefore, who sets himself to act evilly and yet wishes others to be silent, is a witness against himself, for he wishes himself to be loved more than the truth, which he does not wish to be defended against himself. There is, of course, no man who so lives as not sometimes to sin, but he wishes truth to be loved more than himself, who wills to be spared by no one against the truth. Wherefore, Peter willingly accepted the rebuke of Paul; David willingly hearkened to the reproof of a subject. For good rulers who pay no regard to self-love, , take as a homage to their humility the free and sincere words of subjects. But in this regard the office of ruling must be tempered with such great art of moderation, that the minds of subjects, when demonstrating themselves capable of taking right views in some matters, are given freedom of expression, but freedom that does not issue into pride, otherwise, when liberty of speech is granted too generously, the humility of their own lives will be lost.
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Friday, February 4, 2011

Founders Friday, February 4, 2011

All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth-that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the Ground without his Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid?"

Benjamin Franklin, To Colleagues at the Constitutional Convention

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wacky Wednesday, February 2, 2011, Jonathan Winters As An Airline Pilot

It's Wednesday, we've made it half way through the week, time to kick back and enjoy some improv from Johathan Winters.