Thursday, February 19, 2015

"less than enthusiastic"

And Peter taking him, began to rebuke him. Who turning about and seeing his disciples, threatened Peter, saying: Go behind me, Satan, because thou savorest not the things that are of God, but that are of men. Mark 8:32-33
Was Peter less than enthusiastic about Jesus, and Jesus less than enthusiastic about Peter? Each loved and rebuked the other.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Earnest Atheists

Earnest atheists, unlike many Catholics, are obsessed with God. They are right to blame God for evil, for without God there would be no good and evil, only what Nietzsche proposed, good and bad. Ah, the problem of evil! How atheists get worked up over that! It is their road to salvation, if they solve it. God bless them all!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Jesus' First Miracle

Fr. Brucker said, "She didn't bother about Him. She knew He wouldn't refuse her."

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

My Writing is a Form of Prayer

I do it like a dog walking on his hind legs.

Religion Is Not Geometry

I came not to send peace, but the sword. Matthew 10:34

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you. John 14:27

Monday, February 9, 2015

The Trouble with "Lives" of Jesus

They are much less important than their authors make them out to be. This is what is important about the life of Jesus: He was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary: Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried.

God's love for man

If one person is saved, and that person not I, I shall still believe in God's love for man.

The "problem" of evil

Even if the answers men offer are unsatisfactory, why assume that God can't answer satisfactorily?

May I have a word with you?

One word from Jesus is enough, if I hear it.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Oh, what a rogue and peasant slave am I!

Music—and every other art—is expressive in the same sense as a cry or a gesture.… When Hamlet says, Oh what a roque and peasant slave am I! he is not giving information to the census-taker; he is exhibiting his whole being's consciousness at that moment. — Jacques Barzun, The Meaning of Meaning in Music