words belong to each other

Words survive the chops and changes of time longer than any other substance, therefore they are the truest. …The moment we single out and emphasize the suggestions as we have done here they become unreal; and we, too, become unreal — specialists, word mongers, phrase finders, not readers. In reading we have to allow theContinue reading “words belong to each other”

professional descendants

You could say we’re professional descendants. …You see, what no one ever realized until about two hundred years ago is that The Nice and Accurate Prophecies was Agnes’s idea of a family heirloom. Many of the prophecies relate to her descendants and their well-being. She was sort of trying to look after us after she’dContinue reading “professional descendants”

seems like everything means something

It was useless, except for the use they made of it, remembering together. There wasn’t much that felt worse than losing that shawl. There is no speech nor language; their voice is not heard. That’s true about things. It’s true about people. It’s just true. …Lila told the child, “The world has been here soContinue reading “seems like everything means something”

part of the dance the fireflies are dancing

From A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle: You human beings tend to want good things to last forever. They don’t. Not while we’re in time.” “…Let’s feel the twirling of the earth,” Beezie said, “That’s part of the dance the fireflies are dancing, too. Can you feel it?” Chuck squeezed his eyelids tightly closed.Continue reading “part of the dance the fireflies are dancing”

closer in a way to the original day of the crucifixion

Working to capture the first step of Charles Taylor’s argument within A Secular Age, James K.A. Smith summarizes five pre-modern ways of understanding (or of inhabiting life) that served for centuries as powerful obstacles to unbelief: Understanding of the individual person as “porous” and subject to the influence of many powerful outside realities (i.e. asContinue reading “closer in a way to the original day of the crucifixion”

St John saw the true temple restored, and this is the earliest picture we have of Christian worship

The fact that we call Jesus the Messiah, the Christ, which means the Anointed One, shows that Christians live and think in a world where the lost anointing oil and everything it stood for has been been restored. The perfumed anointing oil was fundamental to the original temple world. Tradition remembered that it represented oilContinue reading “St John saw the true temple restored, and this is the earliest picture we have of Christian worship”

that universe is not human

A non-religious man today ignores what he considers sacred but, in the structure of his consciousness, could not be without the ideas of being and the meaningful. He may consider these purely human aspects of the structure of consciousness. What we see today is that man considers himself to have nothing sacred, no god; butContinue reading “that universe is not human”

driven by a kind of flywheel

He was giving me the picture of a man snarled in a tangle, helpless to get free. I knew that he didn’t have the strength to get free. His life was driven by a kind of flywheel. He had submitted to it and accepted it. It was turning fast. To slow down or stop itContinue reading “driven by a kind of flywheel”

love your crooked neighbour

As I Walked out One Evening by W. H. Auden As I walked out one evening,      Walking down Bristol Street, The crowds upon the pavement      Were fields of harvest wheat. And down by the brimming river      I heard a lover sing Under an arch of the railway:      “Love has no ending. “I’ll love you, dear,Continue reading “love your crooked neighbour”