23 September 2010

On Faith

Faith is then an interpretation of life which I accept.
-- Peter Van Breeman, S.J.

21 September 2010

More on the depression quote below

I read in Psalm 139 that the Lord lays his hand on me. In Jeremiah and in other places he talks of the heaviness of the hand of the Lord upon them. A weight. It appears to be a sensible thing. I'm wondering if this hand of the Lord for them was a kind of depression.

18 September 2010

A prayer I heard Bishop Tutu pray

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of thy faithful people and kindle in them the fire of thy love. Send forth thy spirit and they shall be made and thou shalt renew the face of the earth. Amen.

17 September 2010

On Depression From Parker Palmer

"Parker, you seem to look upon depression as the hand of an enemy trying to crush you. Do you think you could see it instead as the hand of a friend pressing you down onto ground on which it is safe to stand?"

From Speaking of Faith radio program, 2004

10 September 2010

A prayer for a child

"Rescue my soul from the sword,
my only child from the teeth of the dogs."
-- Psalm 22

09 September 2010

On Forgiving Too Freely

What we forgive too freely doesn't stay forgiven.
--Mignon McLaughlin

I think we might say the same for belief: what we believe too easily doesn't stay believed.

06 September 2010

Newest Generation Gap

Eighty-two percent of those ages 18 to 29 (and 79% of those 30 to 74) believe there is "a generation gap" in America, according to a Pew Research Center poll last year. The gap was defined as "a major difference in the point of view of younger and older people today." That's up from 60% of Americans in a similar poll in 1979, and it's even higher than the 74% registered in a 1969 poll, taken at the height of the youth-rebellion movement.

From Wall Street Journal, SEPTEMBER 1, 2010, "Want My Advice? Um, Not Really" by JEFFREY ZASLOW

05 September 2010

An appeal to the individual conscience

“I am not advocating world-movements or public meetings... my appeal is rather to the individual conscience than to the public ear; my hope is rather to see the emergence of a Saint, than that of an organisation...
“There is no harm in besieging heaven for the canonization of such and such holy persons now dead. But should we not do well to vary these petitions of ours by asking for more Saints to canonize?"

-- Ronald Knox, in God and the Atom

03 September 2010

Hermes Baby, 1950s


If you have any doubt about it, know that the desert
begins with the creosote.

—Mary Austin, The Land of Little Rain