Wednesday, August 31, 2005

An Army of Stars

These kids are trying to start up a literary sort of blog qua onion-esque-Catholic-tilt. They're sophomores from TAC and I know absolutely nothing about them. Their blog is a leetle sparse (yes, look who's talking), but then, they just started - could be interesting, though. T-t-t-time is the tester. Little ventures like these are good to encourage. Sometimes they turn out well.

*Appropriate Maritain Quote arrrrrrrrrrrrr*

This is to say that instead of being grouped and assembled, as in the Middle Ages, in a homogeneous and integrally Christian body of civilization, limited however to a privileged portion of the inhabited earth, it seems that the unity of Christian culture must now extend over the whole surface of the globe, but, in return, represent only the order and living network of Christian temporal institutions and Christian centers of intellectual and spiritual life spread throughout the world in the great supra-cultural unity of the Church. Instead of a mighty fortress raised up amidst the lands, we should rather think of the army of stars distributed in the sky. Such a unity is not any less real, but it is diffuse instead of being concentrated.

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Inform your mind

I found all these lovely biographies of Catholic authors, written by Ralph McInerny, on the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture website. Read them, do.

The "Joy in the Truth" annual fall conference (at Notre Dame) looks like a lot of fun - I would love to attend it, but unfortunately, am saving up for the completion of my edumacation rather than running about the country hobnobbing with philosophers.

Females my age are quite batty if they decide to drool over Gucci handbags or Jessica McClintock prom-gowns when there is -- this! . . . Incidentally, the McClintock prom-gowns are nothing short of special. So is the home-page boast on their website: "Designed to be unforgettable by JESSICA MCCLINTOCK, INC."

Emphasis mine.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Rest in Peace

God bless him.

To quote a Chinese priest:

"While persecution is a trial, tribulation and temptation, it is also an opportunity, a grace and beatitude. It cannot be forfeited without impunity before conscience and God. The time of persecution is the day of the Lord. It is the useful time for salvation. So is also martyrdom. It is not a death nor defeat. It is a grace, victory and glory. It is the fatal hour that God has made for his divine glorification. It comes according to a schedule of God's Will. When it comes, it cannot be postponed. Martyrdom is not a death or destruction. It is a birthday and a new beginning where Christ comes to make everything anew. It is an inauguration of the Kingdom of God in its glory. No one can mistake it as a ruin without an error in faith and in understanding. This error has made so many to throw away the Cross instead of embracing it. This error is in the heart of CCPA as an Institute. It is also in the hearts of its members and their fellow travelers as individuals."