Monday, February 1, 2016
Friday, January 29, 2016
Adrian Thomas and Andrey Boreyko talk about Henryk Górecki's Fourth Symphony, The Tansman Episodes, and about Górecki himself. These two talks are very interesting. Listening to Andrey Boreyko talk about the fourth symphony I wanted to weep.
"The eternal battle in the soul of every human being, between good and bad, between God and the devil, between light and darkness."
Thursday, January 28, 2016
"Now man's soul has a twofold comeliness; one from the refulgence of the natural light of reason, whereby he is directed in his actions; the other, from the refulgence of the Divine light, viz. of wisdom and grace, whereby man is also perfected for the purpose of doing good and fitting actions. Now, when the soul cleaves to things by love, there is a kind of contact in the soul: and when man sins, he cleaves to certain things, against the light of reason and of the Divine law... . Wherefore the loss of comeliness occasioned by this contact, is metaphorically called a stain on the soul." --St. Thomas Aquinas, Of the Stain of Sin, from the first article
"You know, Chesterton, if we opened your head, we would not find a brain but only a lump of white fat." --Elementary school teacher to the future genius G.K. Chesterton
“We call this man a dumb ox, but his bellowing in doctrine will one day resound throughout the world.” --St. Albert on St. Thomas Aquinas
Ah, bellissimo. I always knew Chesterton was a Thomist and St. Thomas Aquinas was a Chestertonian.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Monday, January 25, 2016
|I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God...|
"The overflowing mercy of God is the sole reason upon which Paul’s ministry is based and at the same time it is that which the Apostle must announce to everyone. ...
..."Here we touch the mystery of mercy and of God’s choice. The Father loves us all and wants to save us all, and for this reason He calls some people conquering them through His grace, so that through them His love can reach all people. The mission of the whole people of God is to announce the marvelous works of the Lord, first and foremost the Paschal mystery of Christ, through which we have passed from the darkness of sin and death to the splendor of His new and eternal life. " --Pope Francis' homily for Christian Unity Vespers
"We have to put mercy before judgment, and in any event God's judgment will always be in the light of his mercy." --Pope Francis' homily for Holy Mass and Opening of the Holy Door
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:
Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. --1 Corinthians 1,2:1-5
He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the sabbath day. He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.
Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down,
and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him.
He said to them, “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.” --Lk 1:1-4; 4:14-21
"...they were all filled with fury.
They rose up, drove him out of the town,
and led him to the brow of the hill
on which their town had been built,
to hurl him down headlong."
Sunday, January 24, 2016
When pooling at the root that consumes it
wax is most itself - yielding, topmost aglow;
bee-keeping cell as new creation.
More than hexagonal honey poured
from the primary ward, the light astride
cord soot, is all open and ovoid.
When the crown gone cold by breath is bared
with a rim fang and fetal wick, entrails
spilled and stiff, it will go for eons
uneaten by decay, unburning, simple wax;
highest of nature we burn to stub before
the springing life from rolled, stone door.