Nov 30, 2010

Today's crib from CQOD

"For whatever reason God chose to make man as he is—limited and suffering and subject to sorrows and death—He had the honesty and courage to take His own medicine. Whatever game He is playing with His creation, He has kept His own rules and played fair. He can exact nothing from man that He has not exacted from Himself. He has Himself gone through the whole of human experience, from the trivial irritations of family life and the cramping restrictions of hard work and lack of money to the worst horrors of pain and humiliation, defeat, despair, and death. When He was a man, He played the man. He was born in poverty and died in disgrace and thought it was well worthwhile."

--Dorothy Leigh Sayers (1893-1957)

Christian Letters to a Post-Christian World, Eerdmans, 1969, p. 14

Nov 28, 2010

Stool samples.

Rise and shine.

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

Acts of the Apostles 1:8
New International Version (©1984)

On November 28, 1984, reality intruded upon my superstition.

Nov 27, 2010

Bouncing around.

"Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom."

"Far from idleness being the root of all evil, it is rather the only true good."

"In addition to my other numerous acquaintances, I have one more intimate confidant. My depression is the most faithful mistress I have known -- no wonder, then, that I return the love."

"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."

"Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it."

"People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use."

-- Soren Kierkegaard

Nov 25, 2010

Continuous prayer.

"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough."

-- Meister Eckhart

Nov 18, 2010

The Gardener

"I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves."

-- Ludwig Wittgenstein

Nov 3, 2010

Wake of the flood.

"A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them."

-- P. J. O'Rourke