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From "Pentecost"

By Rev. Ronald Knox, May 1948.

A sermon preached at Ampleforth Abbey.

In those six weeks before Pentecost the apostles had already lived through, as it were, the whole cycle of Church history; there was nothing callow, nothing tentative, nothing inexperienced about their methods from the very first. And, because she was born old, the Church remains ever young. That is why men fear her and hate her; they are conscious, even when they are furthest from believing in her claims, that she is neither new nor old, but eternal. She retains the memory of the cenacle and of the catacombs, yet for her Pentecost is continually repeating itself, making all things new. May the Holy Ghost who descended this day guide her and us in these disillusioned times, as in that first joyful dawn of her history.

[Pastoral Sermons and Occasional Sermons, ed. Philip Caraman, S.J., p. 475.]

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Sun. 06/08/03 11:52:49 PM
Categorized as Religious & Speeches and Suchlike.


Gerard Manley Hopkins: God's Grandeur

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
   It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
   It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
   And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
   And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

And for all this, nature is never spent;
   There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
   Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs—
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
   World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

[Poems (fourth edition) ed. W. H. Gardner and N. H. MacKenzie, 31.]

P.S. GMH died this day, 1889.

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Sun. 06/08/03 10:10:32 PM
Categorized as Religious.


Schism Time Again?

Nothing new under the sun.

You have probably already heard of the choice by the Episcopalians of New Hampshire of a putatively homosexual man to be a bishop. This man left his wife and two children for another man — and says he did so to follow God's will.

Christopher Johnson blogs yesterday about the negative reaction from several Episcopalian bishops in the USA, including the Bishop of Pittsburgh:

.... This is not about a person or a diocesan election process; it is about a radical change in church doctrine....
I stand where I do because I believe the election represents a fundamental departure from the restraints of Holy Scripture and the practice of the catholic Church....

With all due respect, Right Reverend Bishops, you are more than four centuries too late to be making that kind of objection: this is the very stuff of which the Anglican Church was made. Lodge your complaints with Thomas Cranmer and Elizabeth Regina.

[Follow-up: Bingo! So To Speak.]

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Sun. 06/08/03 08:33:53 PM
Categorized as Religious.


"A World Split Apart": Twenty-Fifth Anniversary

Twenty-five years ago today, Alexander I. Solzhenitsyn delivered the commencement address at Harvard:

.... Harvard's motto is "VERITAS." Many of you have already found out and others will find out in the course of their lives that truth eludes us as soon as our concentration begins to flag, all the while leaving the illusion that we are continuing to pursue it. This is the source of much discord. Also, truth seldom is sweet; it is almost invariably bitter. A measure of truth is included in my speech today, but I offer it as a friend, not as an adversary....

(See also "A World Split Apart": Harvard's commencement address by Alexander I. Solzhenitsyn, June 8, 1978.)

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Sun. 06/08/03 03:51:54 PM
Categorized as Social/Cultural.


Diana West Seems to Agree With Me

Maybe I'm not alone after all.

She writes about Palestinian terrorism and the new official US willingness to support a Palestinian state, in WaTi, June 6:

.... In a recent interview in the Atlantic, terrorism expert Bruce Hoffman explained that one strategy of such terrorism is "to provoke the [Israeli] government into undertaking actions that the terrorists feel they can manipulate for propaganda purposes" — such as crackdowns by the Israeli Defense Forces — "which will also portray them as victims rather than as perpetrators." He continued: "I think that's where the Palestinian terrorist groups have been remarkably successful, not necessarily with public opinion in the United States, but certainly in Europe." As Mr. Hoffman put it, "terrorists have gotten people to sympathize much more with the perpetrators of the violence than with the victims."
If so gruesome a shift in sympathy is even part of the driving impetus behind the road map, more than the lines in an atlas or even the destiny of a people may be changing. The moral fundamentals of civilization itself may be in flux, and where that takes us leads off the map.

Cf. my Roadmap to Terrorism?

As I'm sure you know, Faithful Reader, Bush & Blair have published a "roadmap" for the future of the Middle East, on which prominence is given, as I understand, to a new Palestinian country. (I believe this is often referred to as "the two-state" solution: Israel and Palestine.)
Surely, I am not the only person who thinks that such a move — coming after years and years of terrorism against Israel, Israelis, and Israeli interests — will be taken by millions of people as a sign that terrorism can be successful. And that such a sign will be the trigger for more acts of terrorism by those who think their political/social/cultural/religious aims can be achieved if they kill enough innocent people over a long enough time. Isn't that what it looks like?
I'm not alone here, am I?...

(Thanks, Charles.)

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Sun. 06/08/03 07:54:29 AM
Categorized as International.


Lutheran Group Threatens to Kill Pope

No. Wait. That can't be right. Let's try again.

Jewish Group Threatens to Kill Pope

No. Wait. That can't be right, either. Let's try yet again.

Hindu Group Threatens to Kill Pope

No. Wait. That can't be right, either. Let's try one more time.

Muslim Group Threatens to Kill Pope

Oh. Yes. That's right.

Muslim group threatens to kill the Pope
Croatia's state-run news agency HINA reported Friday that it and a Croatian Catholic news agency had received e-mails threatening to kill Pope John Paul II "in the name of Allah."
The e-mails, signed by the "Islamic Front of el-Mujahadeen" and addressed to "the infidels," appeared to have originated in neighboring Bosnia, said Interior Ministry spokeswoman Zinka Bardic.
She said Croatian and international police agencies were investigating, but that there was no danger to the pontiff because of the heavy security around him.
Papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls told reporters aboard the pope's plane Saturday that the Vatican receives such threats "from time to time" and turns them over to local authorities.
He indicated there would be no changes in the pope's schedule in Croatia.
John Paul was holding a Mass on Saturday in Osijek, just over the border from predominantly Orthodox Serbia. Organizers were preparing for up to 200,000 pilgrims from Croatia and Serbia as well as neighboring Bosnia and Hungary.

How's come a reference to the "Religion of Peace" is the only one that even sounds possible?

(Thanks, Charles.)

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Sun. 06/08/03 07:35:16 AM
Categorized as Religious.



Sermons by Ven. John Henry Newman.

At Newman Reader:

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Sun. 06/08/03 07:22:05 AM
Categorized as Historical & Religious & Speeches and Suchlike.


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