Would Christianity, as regards truth and peace, faith and charity, fare worse, would it not fare better, without any Church at all, than with a thousand Churches, scattered through the world, all supreme and independent?
-Ven. John Henry Cardinal Newman
From the Confessions of St. Augustine, II.6.13:
For in vice there lurks a counterfeit beauty: pride, for instance–even pride apes sublimity, whereas you are the only God, most high above all things. As for ambition, what does it crave but honors and glory, while you are worthy of honor beyond all others, and eternally glorious? The ferocity of powerful men aims to inspire fear; but who is to be feared except the one God? Can anything be snatched from his power or withdrawn from it–when or where or whither or by whom?
Flirtatiousness aims to arouse love by its charming wiles, but nothing can hold more charm than your charity, nor could anything beloved to greater profit than your truth, which outshines all else in its luminous beauty. Curiosity poses as pursuit of knowledge, whereas you know everything to a supreme degree. Even ignorance or stupidity masquerades as simplicity and innocence, but nothing that exists is simpler than yourself; and what could be more innocent than you, who leave the wicked to be hounded by their own sins? Sloth pretends to aspire to rest, but what sure rest is there save the Lord? Lush living likes to be taken for contented abundance, but you are the full and inexhaustible store of a sweetness that never grows stale.
Extravagance is a bogus generosity, but you are the infinitely wealthy giver of all good things. Avarice strives to amass possessions, but you own everything. Envy is contentious over rank accorded to another, but what ranks higher than you? Anger seeks revenge, but whoever exacts revenge with greater justice than yourself? Timidity dreads any unforeseen or sudden threat to the things it loves, and takes precautions for their safety; but is anything sudden or unforeseen to you? Who can separate what you love from you? Where is ultimate security to be found, except with you? Sadness pines at the loss of the good things with which greed took its pleasure, because it wants to be like you, from whom nothing can be taken away
Published May 25, 2007
Culture , Quote of the Day
Joseph Sobran on the typical atheist’s argument against God:
Mean old nuns whacked my knuckles with a ruler, ergo God does not exist. This is less inductive reasoning than simple free association with a grudge.
(read the whole essay, too…)
Jacques Maritain on “bourgeois liberalism” (i.e. unrestrained capitalism):
Christian in appearance, it has been atheistic in fact. Too skeptical to persecute, except for a tangible profit, rather than defy religion, which it deemed an invention of the priesthood and gradually dispossessed by reason, it used it as a police force to watch over property, or as a bank where anyone could be insured, while making money here below, against the undiscovered risks of the hereafter–after all, one never knows!
I think this can be applied safely to our American society today…
(from The Person and the Common Good)
Published May 1, 2007
Politics , Quote of the Day
Liberals hold us individually responsible for nothing but collectively responsible for everything.
(Yes, this is true, but I think my brain just exploded trying to figure out how anyone could hold to something so self-evidently self-contradictory.)
Published April 26, 2007
Catholicism , Quote of the Day
Sorry for the lack of activity… 32 hrs work the past two days…
Anyway, here’s another quote for you, this time from a fellow blogger, the Roving Medievalist:
It is absolutely impossible to be a traditionalist Catholic and set yourself up in judgement over a Council of the Church. That is a completely irreconcilable form of arrogance. If you can’t accept the real Vatican II ( we’re not talking the non-existent “spirit” ) you’re not a traditionalist. You’re not even a Catholic. You’re a Protestant with delusions of orthodoxy.
(HT: Miss Cannonball)