Saturday, September 11, 2004 +

Notes 21

Almighty God, so dependent on men!

Did You create chance, by any chance?

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Friday, September 10, 2004 +

Notes 20

Feelings are stronger than facts when it is a question of bringing a civilization to its close; for the particular feelings that demand renewal at any cost have behind them the tremendous force of unreasoning hate against what must seem to a passionate man an endless series of cages. "I feel something within me," said the Chieftain from the North, "that compels me to burn Rome."
-- Jacques Barzun, in Garrity and Gay, eds., The Columbia History of the World, 1972, 1155

To appear wise is already to have failed.

I know, at least, that I am not good.

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O is home with a fever. Please bless her, and please bless M. Love, L

Even though I don't see You in other people, I shall try to remember that as I do to them I do to You.

Thursday, September 09, 2004 +

Notes 19

You lived at the time, in the place, among the people most likely to accept You.

How would You have been better off with wealth and status?

You were most fortunate in Your parents.

Notes 18

Why does the priest say, "the poor," and not "the poor among us"? Why does he say, "our less fortunate brothers and sisters" - are they not in our church?

Did You really shed tears in front of Padre Pio? Are You really so desirous of our love?

Notes 17

Art: some take it like food, others like medicine.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004 +

Notes 16

Written over the doors of our churches is "Ichabod" - the spirit has departed.
-- Donald R. Vroon, American Record Guide, Jul/Aug 2004

We do not need to be shoemakers to know if our shoes fit.
-- Hegel

If the priest is another Christ, why always start the homily with a joke?

The priest used to face God. Now he faces the congregation. Or did God also move?

The priest used to represent the people before God. He now represents God before the people.

The altar server, once an attendant, is sent to the sidelines.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004 +

Notes 15

Don't put on airs: the spirit is in you.

We need a Catholicism of the gut.

Forgive ungrudgingly and quickly.

Monday, September 06, 2004 +

Notes 14

"We Catholics" - a phrase that has lost its meaning.

I asked: "Isn't ___ Catholic? She replied: "I don't know. It's Jesuit."

Let not Jesus obscure the Trinity.