Points, Volume 13 #6

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SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT CHURCH, TOO
You can become a Christian by going to church just about as easily as you can become an automobile by sleeping in a garage!
--Garrison Keillor

THERE IS NO OTHER
When [my brother] was in intensive care after his surgery, his wife, Carol, was standing by his bed, grieving and afraid. Wanting to reassure her, the nurse said, "Nothing is happening to him that doesn't happen to everybody."
And Carol replied, "I'm not everybody's wife."
--Wendell Berry

BEAUTY IS TRUTH...
W.H. Auden: "Art cannot make us want to be good, but it can preserve us from the illusion that we already are."

AND LESS BACKSTABBING
My grandfather once told me there are two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was less competition there.
--Indira Gandhi

AT THE END...
When the signs of age begin to mark my body (and still more when they touch my mind), when the ill that is to diminish me or carry me off strikes from without or is born within me, when the painful moment comes in which I suddenly awaken to the fact that I am ill or growing old, and above all at the last moment when I feel I am losing hold of myself and am absolutely passive in the hands of the great unknown forces that have formed me, in all those dark moments, O God, grant that I may understand that it is you (provided only my faith is strong enough) who are painfully parting the fibres of my being in order to penetrate to the very marrow of my substance and bear me away within yourself.
--Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

START SHAKING, YOU RICH!
Bob Goudzwaard and Harry de Lange: "Information from the world of the poor shows that many are becoming conscious of their situation. They have always known that they are poor. But now they also know why they are so."

NAKED: TAKE ONE
The difference between the naked and the nude is that the nude is suffused with social significance.
--Kenneth Clark

NAKED: TAKE TWO
The genius of Catholicism over the long centuries has been the ability to absorb local cults and enthusiasms. The Roman Januarius becomes San Gennaro, and the Celtic Bridgid, goddess of spring, reemerges as Saint Bridget of Kildare. It is important to recognize, however, that the traffic is two-way. Botticelli's Birth of Venus, as Camille Paglia has noted, emerges naked from the sea in the posture of a medieval Madonna.
--Dennis O'Brien

AND YET...
A bit of Scripture that we don't often let ourselves be consoled by: "O Lord, you have given everything its place in the world, and no one can make it otherwise. For it is your creation, the heavens and the earth and the stars: You are the Lord of all. (Esther 13:9-11)

THE SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS
The most dangerous feat in the world is to attempt crossing a chasm in two jumps.
--Lloyd George,
while prime minister of Britain

AH, YES!
In one of her mystical experiences, Teresa of Avila hears the question, "Who are you?"
"I am Teresa of Jesus," she answers, "and who are you?"
"I am Jesus--of Teresa."

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