The Lord said to his disciples, "All things have been delivered
to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father,
and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom
the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all who labor and
are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon
you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy,
and my burden is light."
working on the Nanty Glo Home Page video collection most of my working
hours in the past day, so decided to use as today's "life-in
photo" one that passed through my notice in the process that
records my first long visit to County Donegal, nearly two years ago.
Marda and Ward Stothers, who I was working with at the time in Belfast,
had rented a cottage with a view of the sea on Donegal's Fanad Peninsula,
so we all went there for a week away to recharge. The video above
actually appeared in one of my blogs
at that time, on July 9, 2013. This version, however, is streamed
from YouTube, which has the advantage that it should run on any platform.
Ramelton, the beaufiful little town in the early portion of this short
video is just up the road (Ramelton Road, actually) from where I am
became another beautiful day after mid-afternoon. This morning was
misty when I walked to the cafe and it now is a totally light grey
day. It's a bit warmer than a week ago, however. «
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quote in today's meme doesn't quite "sound" like Alice to
me, so I'm dubious about its authenticity, but am not above using
it anyway for the point it enables me to discuss. It certainly seems
ambiguous, suggesting that modern people are too credulous about magic
on one hand but not as believing in it as they should be for it to
work, and magic is unreal but we should still keep believing. In some
sense it echoes the Gospel's record of the miracle-seeker who professed:
"I believe; Lord help my unbelief," and St. Paul's admission
that the things he wanted to do he found himself not doing and those
he wanted to avoid kept coming out.
that the architects of modernist or liberal "Christianity"
are saying much the same thing about orthodox doctrine. We're too
enlightened to believe in miracles and an eternal God who created
everything out of nothing, they seem to be saying, but for the sake
of the cohesion such "faith" seems to give social mechanisms,
let's not jettison it as long as we all knownudge-nudgeno
one actually believes this stuff.
Then they reinterpret all the contents of the Creed in naturalistic
substitutes. There are still some powerful world leaders who profess
this kind of Christianity, even though it has been imploding upon
itself for at least the past two generations. "I believe in magic
so you'll vote for me," they appear to be saying.
If there is
no God, to paraphrase C.S. Lewis, we probably aren't intelligent enough
to know it. But if we did know it, we should get rid of it as delusion
and let the party begin. But I can't stop believing. «
matter what bitterness has befallen you, no matter what unpleasantness
has happened to you, say, "I shall endure this for Jesus Christ!"
and it will be easier for you. For the name of Jesus Christ is powerful.
Through it, all unpleasantness is calmed, and demons disappear. Your
disappointments will also be calmed and your pusillanimity will be
Anthony of Optina «
except God has some natural superior; everything except unformed matter
has some natural inferior.
S. Lewis «
study notes: Jesus
makes it clear in the few verses from today's Gospel selection
that no one knows the Father except those who come by way
of Him; He is the only one (the only "religious teacher")
who has real access to God the Father of all, and any who
want to know the Father has to first become acquainted with
the Son. Does this have implications too for the emphasis
in the church of the Apostles that Jesus can be approached
through saints who are less holy than He is, but are more
holy than most of us, especially His mother?
A word with
God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, have mercy on us. Teach
us your commandments and help us choose your way at each intersection
we approach this day. «
important things; A word from God; a word
with God; taking stock of our place now; catching up on world and
social concerns ("headlines"); an inward reflection (worldview);
something to get you out; something to laugh about; some thoughts
to sharpen your thinking.
on "headlines"; links to articles on current issues—news,
features, research and opinion that may signify how the cultural winds
are blowing. Note that most 'news reports' are not 'objective' and
if some are 'neutral' it's because the writers and editors are disinterested
(could care less about the topic). Neither are 'news reports,' in
general, highly accurate or unbiased; try to discern the bias of any
report's source; always read aware and at your own risk. «
specified otherwise, none of the message memes used in this blog are
the creation or property of the author, but are reposted here from
the social networks. «
usually have not been vetted (and thus may be falsely attributed). «
used here are embedded from video websites (most frequently YouTube),
removed from the sites from which they were embedded, or permissions
on those sites change, causing them to "disappear" from
these pages. This is also likely to happen to links to articles
outside this site. This is beyond the control or remedy of this blog. «
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19-month visit to Northern Ireland, but also including several hundred
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