{Catherine L. Addington}
Julio 21, 2014
Autonomy and Automation in Old Age

(Fuente: theamericanconservative)

Julio 20, 2014

the martyr Mother Maria of Paris (1891-1945)

Mother Maria Skobtsova, by then already a survivor of the Russian Revolution, reflects as the Second World War rages through Europe:

Human nature, fallen, permeated with sin and its consequences, is a heavy thing.

If we try to understand what happens to the human soul in moments of terrible catastrophe, loss, or sometimes perhaps in moments of the creative transfiguration of the world, we will be able to give only one explanation of these phenomena. The gates of eternity are opened to us by way of a personal apocalypse; personal eschatology abolishes time, in which we are used to living, and space, by which we are used to measuring everything. And by somehow accepting these other laws, man is able to keep himself in eternity. The fall back into everyday life and a peaceful occupation with everyday things is by no means inevitable. Let them take their own course: eternity can be seen through them, if man is not afraid, if he does not run away from himself, does not renounce his awesome, not only human but divine-human, destiny. That is, his personal Golgotha, his personal bearing of the cross, accepted by his own free will.

This necessity of choice always stands before each man: the warmth and coziness of this earthly home, well-protected from wind and storms, or the endless space of eternity, in which there is only one firm and unquestionable thing, and this firm and unquestionable thing is the cross.

And I think that anyone who has at least once felt himself in this eternity, has at least once realized what path he is following, has seen at least once the One who walks ahead of him, will find it hard to turn from this path; to him all coziness will seem flimsy, all riches without value, all companions unnecessary, if he does not see among them the one Companion bearing the cross.

To put it more simply: a man’s whole life will seem dull, worthless, meaningless to him, if it is not pierced through with eternity.

-“Insight in Wartime,” from Essential Writings

Julio 20, 2014

"It’s like this… All your life you’re yellow. Then one day you brush up against something blue, the barest touch, and voila, the rest of your life you’re green." - Tess Callahan

(Fuente: bryan-cranston)

Julio 19, 2014
"The takeaway message is this: no one needs churches to be nice or tasteful. If churches have a future, it’s in addressing our existential darkness: sin and death."

— Giles Fraser: In Sweden, human darkness is confronted by the arts not the church

Julio 19, 2014

There’s a lovely SoulPancake series about getting to know members of different faiths. This is the Orthodox one and it’s wonderful!

Julio 19, 2014

Monumentour: New Politics & Paramore & Fall Out Boy
Columbia, MD 07.18.14

Julio 18, 2014

We are wild.

(Fuente: undergroundairway, vía merchel)

Julio 18, 2014

shortbreadsh:

I am seriously soooo over the idea that we’re not actually supposed to have a RELATIONSHIP with God and all of the human emotions that entails. I’m not just responding to that post. This is something I see disturbingly often—that we’re somehow less spiritual if we thank God for good things or complain about bad things or beg for justice. I can’t recall any psalm that’s like, “my enemies torture me all day—thank you god for this!” (Let alone, “not even gonna mention this suffering because that would be unbecoming!”) It’s more like—I’m suffering, please deliver me, or I have faith you will save me because you are so great, or I am comforted by memories of your blessings. The point isn’t to have some static relationship about a philosophical concept but to maintain a faithful relationship with God throughout the good and bad.

This concept is damaging and it is more closely related to Cynic or Stoic philosophy than Scripture. Lenalot recently said something that struck me which is that those who are angry at God can be the closest to God because anger is a sign of intimacy with (and faith in) God.

So please, anyone who’s afraid that they’re somehow less of a Christian for feeling anger or fear or for being happier when times are good—read a few psalms, or Paul, or basically any other part of the Bible. It’s okay.

^Bolding mine. Thank you.

Julio 17, 2014
theamericanconservative:

Twitter has revolutionized the way constituents interact with their representatives in Congress. Will Wikipedia be the next interactive legislative platform?

theamericanconservative:

Twitter has revolutionized the way constituents interact with their representatives in Congress. Will Wikipedia be the next interactive legislative platform?

Julio 17, 2014
"When you face these lonely and deserted isles, when find yourself surrounded by these huge, dark cliffs, when the harsh, unwelcome character of these seas hits you, you realise what sort of strength and faith St Cuthbert must have had. We all idealise the lives of the early Celtic saints; it’s unavoidable. We imagine these romantic characters, washed in light and supported by grace; pain, fear and disease never seem very real in relation to them. It’s almost as if they’re faking it, we image they go through these temptations untouched by weakness, unaffected by suffering.

And then, you come here. And all you see are bare rocks coming out of the sea; not one tree, not one place of shelter; no detail to catch one’s eyes. There’s nothing frail, nothing delicate about these small isles. To live here must have been hell. Pure hell. The only thing I could think of was Christ descending into Hell; my thoughts could not let go of this image. These saints came here to confront hell, and to wait for their Saviour."

— Fr. Serafim of the Orthodox monastery in the Hebrides makes a pilgrimage to St. Cuthbert’s hermitage.

Julio 16, 2014

fuchifilm:

Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (A Separation)

Julio 16, 2014

recitation ha dicho: wait, so you support empire? through colonization, economic or otherwise?

No, obviously, come on now. I didn’t write that article, I was simply saying I really benefit from all the different points of view my summer job is exposing me to, especially the ones that make me question what I’d always assumed is just the natural state of things (McCarthy’s point is that liberal democracy is no accident, it’s contingent upon imperial power securing the whole possibility of liberalism — I don’t have to agree to find it instructive).

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Julio 16, 2014

You know the guy you accidentally race to the Metro station, the one who clearly doesn’t know the timing of the lights, but you do, so even though he jaywalks and powerwalks you beat him there, and when he catches up with you on the platform, he’s visibly annoyed to see you?

I can literally always count on that guy, every day at about 6:14pm, and it makes my day.

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Archivado en: silliness dc metro blog home 
Julio 16, 2014
Working across the street from this place has been my literal saving grace. (at Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle)

Working across the street from this place has been my literal saving grace. (at Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle)

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Julio 16, 2014
"Calm and consistent, today’s work is given direction and importance by future needs—the needs of others, who will come later. Others’ flourishing is the object. Today."

Learning from the Bees