Dr Lucia Knoles, Assumption College: Commonplace Books: “a vital tool of erudition” (and why you’re going to be assigned one for my survey class) She quotes Confucius: If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant;if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains… Continue reading Links about Commonplace Books
From dear Mr John Wright: The invitation to join the “In Crowd” is always extended in terms that tell you that you are one of the chosen few, one of those capable of the “great moral and intellectual effort” needed to see things as they really are. It is the mating cry of Gnosticism…. Those… Continue reading The Inner Circle// The Mating Cry…
(besides “are you eating something? are you going to share it with me? are you going to drop something to eat on the floor? are you going to walk by the treat jar?”) Monsignor Pope on the mysteries of pets and the new creation: Perhaps the mystery of our pets is that they are ambassadors… Continue reading “What Are Our Pets Really Saying?”
“You know, the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don’t alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit their views. Which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that need altering.” —Dr Who
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One of the signs of the genuineness of inspirations, especially extraordinary ones, is peace and tranquility of heart in those who receive them, since the Holy Spirit is indeed powerful, but with a strength that is gentle, mild and peaceful… On the contrary, the evil spirit is turbulent, bitter and restless. Those who follow his… Continue reading Good idea? Or bad idea? Let St Francis deSales help
William Deresiewicz: A graduate student at the time, I was as arrogant as they come and didn’t think there was much anyone could teach me about life—especially not Jane Austen, the godmother of chick-lit. Imagine my surprise when she taught me not just how to grow up, but how to be a man. Like so… Continue reading ” How Jane Austen Taught Me to Be a Man”
Decadence, after all, is the belief that the undesirable is inevitable. — Theodore Dalrymple