Monday, September 10, 2007

The View From Here

"In the last resort, becoming a believer always means the same thing: another reality looms before the man who was formerly enclosed in his own being, in his own world; before him, in him, or above him---however we may express it, it is another reality, belonging to another world, from above, from beyond. This reality, this 'beyond', becomes more concrete, grows in strength; its truth, goodness, and holiness become more definite and demand the allegiance of him who has been called. The decision to entrust one's own existence to the strange reality that surpasses it, the sacrifice of one's own self-sufficiency and of the independence of one's own world will be difficult. It will mean a rude shock and a gamble. Christ has said, "He who possesses his life, will lose it; but he who gives his life, will find it." Hence the soul must first lose itself by recognizing that there is a second goal, and then must recognize that beyond that lies the true goal."

Romano Guardini

Image, "Landscape with a Specific View" by David Ligare


"If we try to find what truth is by arguing, there will always be good arguments on both sides. At some point we must risk the dangerous decision for faith. And that means always standing on the side of the weak, always on the side of the poor, always on the side of the victims. As a rule that will make us unpopular."
-Richard Rohr, Simplicity: The Art of Living

Images: Searching for the lost Coin, the second by Millais

Saturday, September 08, 2007

“Let us blow trumpets”

Ritualism will always attract much of healthy humanity, merely because ritualism is emphatically wearing your heart upon your sleeve; that excellent practice. It says in essence, “Wear your heart upon your sleeve; wear it blazoned in crimson and embroidered in gold. Break out into songs and colours as lovers do. Let others pretend to an inhuman delicacy and a quite sophisticated silence. Let us cry out as children do when they have really found something. Let us blow trumpets and light candles before the thing that we have, to show at least that we have it. And let them keep a decorous silence and a moderate behaviour, let them raise a wall of stone and draw a veil of mystery across something that they have not got at all.”

- The Illustrated London News, 28 July 1906.

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