“Sometimes I ask myself—the wisest, deepest men I have known—are they not all Roman Catholics? Yes, they are…You can’t be a Roman for nothing. There is a tension here, a heroism, an other-worldliness. If you don’t feel it, then it’s your fault. There must be some change in you.” —BARON VON HÜGEL, found at Shirt of Flame.
“We are entering a golden age of journalism. I do think there has been horrible frictional costs but I think when we look back at what has happened, I look at my backpack that is sitting here, and it contains more journalistic firepower than the entire newsroom that I walked into 30 to 40 years ago. It’s connected to the cloud, I can make digital recordings of everything that I do, I can check in real time if someone is telling me the truth, I have a still camera that takes video that I can upload quickly and seamlessly.” —David Carr reflects on the future of journalism. (via nprfreshair)
“They wanted a lifestyle radically and distinctively different to everyday life.” But, she adds, they didn’t meet the pious stereotype. The women had friends, strong family bonds and active social lives. They dated and had career prospects. “What surprised me was how much like me they were.” —A BBC reporter, as quoted by the Anchoress in this multi-point post on the youth and the Church.
“God evidently wants variety and not standardization. He asks for conformity, but not for uniformity. The conformity here is conformity with His plan, with His truth, with the pattern provided by His Son. Conformity with the mind of God is freedom. Uniformity among the minds of men is the opposite of freedom.” —
by Dom Hubert Van Zeller, Holiness for Housewives
Via (who else?) Happy Catholic. Well Said: Conformity but not uniformity
“Yours is more than mortal beauty; every word you speak is full of grace.” —
“Let me speak only for myself, before I converted, when I say the people who refuse to attend Mass on principle are the last people who want everyone around the table: they want themselves and “the poor.” What they can’t stand is the thought of being associated with the wealthy, the Pharisees, the war-mongers, which would lower them in the eyes of their peers, which would be a terrible blow to their identity, which would require them to actually try to love their enemy” —I’m starting to really love Shirt of Flame. From her post, THE BETTER CHURCH
“Theologians need to meditate on God’s inexplicable habit of wading inot the river with us sinners. Clothing Adam and Eve. Giving a break to Cain. Hanging out with Abraham, Moses, Noah, David and Elijah. None of them were great theologians. All could be petty and were frequently wrong. They were notorious sinners. The theologians are down at the temple, oiling up the big religion machine that only they understood. God’s favorites are chopping down Philistines, writing poems and romancing women. Now there’s a God I can appreciate.” —Michael Spenser, Internet Monk, via Happy Catholic