Daily Archives: August 12, 2008

St. Methodius — Quotable!

Apparently, St. Methodius of Olympus, apostle to the Slavs, had a somewhat puckish side — one which would either have made him a very misunderstood blogger or an awesome purveyor of T-shirts.

In Discourse 6 of the Banquet of the Ten Virgins (put in the mouth of St. Agatha), we have a very witty (and beautiful, and moving) section which talks about Christian rewards for virgins in terms of the famous pagan initiation rites (showing how much cooler it was to be Christian and a virgin, of course). So after St. Agatha talks about meeting Jesus in the clouds at the end of the world, Chapter 5 begins with this line:

These are the orgies of our Mysteries.”


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Miss Eden Goes to Washington

The GOP congresscritters have taken over the empty chamber, in a protest against recessing the House and not having a vote about drilling for oil. We haven’t been hearing much about this on the news, alas, and C-SPAN’s not allowed to show it. This hasn’t discouraged House Republicans. Dissenting with wit and fighting when nobody else cares — that’s what the GOP does best! So it’s back to being eager Young Republicans who refuse to be oppressed, for our eager Congresscritters.

Dawn Eden, intrepid blogger, has an extensive report on her day in the midst of all this fun, which is free and open to the public. You too can go on the floor of the chamber!

Apparently, there’s also a blogger in the House:

….Texas Rep. John Culberson, who makes it clear right off that he is a techie. The rep has found ways to beat the media’s near-blackout by posting video updates on Qik.com and short blog items on Twitter.com.”

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The Heart and Reason Meet

“… The theory of evolution sees the truth, but it sees only half of it. It does not see that behind evolution there’s the Spirit of creation.

“We are struggling for the expansion of reason, and thus for a form of reason that is open to the beautiful, not leaving it aside as something totally different or irrational. Christian art is a rational art – think of Gothic art or the great music or, in this case, our Baroque art – but it’s an artistic expression of a greatly amplified reason, in which the heart and reason meet.

“This is the point. This, I think, is in some ways the proof of the truth of Christianity: the heart and reason meet, beauty and truth touch one another.

“The more we live in the beauty of the truth, the more the faith can return to being creative also in our time, and express itself in convincing artistic forms.”

From Pope Benedict XVI’s vacation Q&A session with priests in Northern Italy.

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Luminous Wake

“However, if we look to the saints, this great luminous wake with which God has passed through history, we truly see that here is a force for good that survives through millennia, here is truly light from light.

“In the same way, if we contemplate the beautiful works of art created by the faith, they represent, I would simply say, the living proof of the faith.

“If I look at this beautiful cathedral, it is a living proclamation! It speaks to us, and starting from the beauty of the cathedral we can visually proclaim God, Christ, and all God’s mysteries: here they have taken form, and they look at us. All the great works of art, the cathedrals – the Gothic cathedrals and the splendid Baroque churches – are a luminous sign of God, and thus are truly a manifestation, an epiphany of God.

“In Christianity it’s precisely a matter of this epiphany: that God has become a veiled Epiphany – he appears and is resplendent.

“We just heard the organ in all its splendor, and I think that the great music born in the Church is a way of rendering audible and perceptible the truth of our faith: from Gregorian chant to the music of the cathedrals up to Palestrina and his epoch, through Bach and Mozart and Bruckner and so on … Listening to all these works – the Passion of Bach, his Mass in B Minor, and the great spiritual compositions of the polyphony of the 16th century, the Viennese school, all the great music even of minor composers – suddenly we feel: ‘It’s true!’

Where things such as these works are born, there’s the truth. Without an intuition about the true creative center of the world, such beauty cannot be born.”

From Pope Benedict XVI’s vacation Q&A session with priests in Northern Italy.

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Bush Senior with the US Women’s Saber Medalists

Am I the only one who noticed him giving one of the ladies his handkerchief?

Sigh. That’s old school.

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