“God is dead but given the way of men there may be caves for thousands of years in which his shadow will be shown. And we will have to vanquish his shadow, too.” — Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, # 109 “He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become one. And… Read More “Straying, as through infinite nothingness”: The Collapse of Nietzsche
Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us …Mass at :50 seconds.
“You ape, you assent to get the better of me. Hold your tongue… If there is no God, then I am God.” – Fyodor Doestoevsky, Demons
Fundamentalist Protestant incomprehension of the Catholic doctrine regarding Mary as the Mother of God is largely and essentially an incomprehension of the Incarnation itself, whereby the Word, who is God, was made flesh (John 1:1; 14). It is rooted in a failure to contemplate, with the Catholic Church, the stupendous implications of this wondrous mystery.… Read More Our Blessed Mother in the Order of Grace
According to St. Thomas Aquinas, God created the diversity of creatures because no single creature can adequately reflect the perfection of God: “We must say that the distinction and multitude of things come from the intention of the first agent, who is God. “For He brought things into being in order that His goodness might… Read More “The Whole Universe Together” and the Diversity of Creatures
“.. why not simply turn things over to the secular court system, as has now been done, and as seems popular with so many, in the spirit of “let the secular courts clean the rot out of the church”? First, because the secular authorities will use that power to strangle the church, as is already… Read More Thomas Beckett Defended This Principle With his Life.
“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for‘ (Apropos of that hymn, ironically, Cornell West insisted Obama was no political Progressive. He served, West says, the status quo, especially the Military Techo-Industrial-Banking Complex with gusto, as much as any modern Republican. He only shared Progressive values relative to traditional morals) “I feel confident that I… Read More Revolutionary Con Man Saul Alinsky. Inciting “Power Responses”
“Our Lady of Walsingham is a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary venerated by Roman Catholics, Western Rite Orthodox Christians, and some Anglicans associated with the Marian apparitions to Richeldis de Faverches, a pious English noblewoman, in 1061 in the village of Walsingham in Norfolk, England. Lady Richeldis had a structure built named “The Holy… Read More Holy Mass. Daily from Walsingham.
THIS IS A question which has, in a sense, a frantically comic side. For the real question is not what are we to make of Christ, but what is He to make of us? The picture of a fly sitting deciding what it is going to make of an elephant has comic elements about it.… Read More What are we to make of Jesus Christ? by C.S. Lewis.
Plato paints the picture of a Charioteer (Greek: ἡνίοχος) driving a chariot pulled by two winged horses: “First the charioteer of the human soul drives the pair. “The Charioteer represents intellect, reason, or the part of the soul that must guide the soul to truth; one horse represents the rational or moral impulse, the positive… Read More Avoiding the Crash. Plato’s Chariot & the Passions
“We’ll get you through your children.” —Allen Ginsberg, 1958 The core of the heresy of the Free Spirit lay in the adept’s attitude towards himself: he believed that he had attained a perfection so absolute that he was incapable of sin. Disclaiming book-learning and theological subtleties, they rejoiced in direct knowledge of God- indeed, they… Read More The Beat Generation… cultural catastrophe. By Roger Kimball
When a friend called me this morning with the news that Susan Sontag had died at the age 71, just about the first thing I thought was, “well, we’ll have a huge, hagiographical, front-page obituary tomorrow in The New York Times.” Check to see if I am correct. In the meantime, as you prepare yourself… Read More Susan Sontag: a Prediction by Roger Kimball. 2004