Thursday, July 19, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
We are accustomed to think of our good things as in reversion, but here we are told that we shall have them in possession.
Not all the malice and cunning of our enemies can work our destruction: they shall fall into the pit which they have digged. Our inheritance is so entailed upon us that we shall not be kept out of it, nor so turned out of the way as to miss it.
But what have we now?
- We have a quiet conscience through the precious blood of Jesus.
- We have the love of God set upon us beyond all change.
- We have power with God in prayer in all time of need.
- We have the providence of God to watch over us,
- the angels of God to minister to us,
- and, above all, the Spirit of God to dwell in us.
In fact, all things are ours. "Whether things present or things to come: all are yours." Jesus is ours. Yea, the divine Trinity in unity is ours. Hallelujah. Let us not pine and whine and stint and slave, since we have good things in possession. Let us live on our God and rejoice in Him all the day. Help us, 0 Holy Ghost!
Thursday, July 5, 2007
One of the highlights of the day for me was a speech by a Theodore Roosevelt impersonator (below) who did a really great job, and presented one of Roosevelt's moving speeches.
"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."
~Theodore Roosevelt "Citizenship in a Republic,"Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Okay, I must say, this book was just strange. Perhaps I am just not deep enough, or not in the right frame of mind. Gregory Maguire writes "twisted fairy tales", retellings of the famous fables that we all grew up with, and this was his take on "Snow White". But they aren't the innocent versions of the stories that we are used to. Instead of Dopey, Sleepy and Grumpy, there are Heartless, MuteMuteMute (who talks), and BlindEye, among others. I was longing for my sweet and bumbling dwarfs.
This retelling cast the infamous Lucrezia Borgia as the wicked and jealous stepmother...and it intrigued me in her story enough that I am going to pick up a biography about her life at the library. So if the purpose of reading is to expand the mind...the book succeeded...but for sheer entertainment value...I'd skip it and move to the Borgia biography. She sounds like the real character study.