12 December 2009

Daily Quotation

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors.  It is the democracy of the dead.  Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around.
~ G. K. Chesterton - Orthodoxy ~

11 December 2009

Daily Quotation

He must increase, but I must decrease.
~ St John the Baptist - John 3.30 ~

09 December 2009

Daily Quotation

The things you own end up owning you.
~ Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden - Fight Club ~

07 December 2009

Daily Quotation

Christianity was preached by the [Catholic] Church before the New Testament was written--that is simply a [sic] historical fact.  It is also a fact that the apostles wrote the New Testament and the Church canonized it, deciding which books were divinely inspired.  I knew, from logic and common sense, that a cause can never be less than its effect.  You can't give what you don't have.  If the Church has no divine inspiration and no infallibility, no divine authority, then neither can the New Testament.  Protestantism logically entails Modernism.  I had to be either a Catholic or a Modernist.  That decided it; that was like saying I had to be a patriot or a traitor.
~ Dr Peter Kreeft - Hauled Aboard the Ark ~

01 December 2009

Be careful what you ask for...

Asking God to make you a stronger person can be a dangerous thing to do.  Just as bodybuilders like to say, 'No pain, no gain,' the same concept applies to virtue as well.  Just as a warrior cannot become a Marine without first undergoing The Crucible so we cannot become stronger people without first undergoing suffering.  You cannot get something for nothing.  The point?  When you ask God to make you strong, don't expect Him to just give it to you.  After all, He doesn't owe you anything, He's God.  He will make you strong, but you probably won't like the way He goes about doing it.  Suck it up and stick it out and when you look back you'll see how all the shit you went through was totally worth it.

Daily Quotation

A distinguished man should be as particular about his last words as he is about his last breath.  He should write them out on a slip of paper and take the judgement of his friends on them.  He should never leave such a thing to the last hour of his life, and trust to an intellectual spurt at the last moment to enable him to say something smart with his latest gasp and launch into eternity with grandeur.
~ Mark Twain - The Last Words of Great Men ~