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QOTD – Divine Intoxication

In its ascent, love, without losing order, loses measure and finds intoxication. – Jan von Ruysbroeck 

The Ecstasy of St. Theresa by Giovanni Bernini

In all things we desire to, at least in nascent form, arrive at completeness, whether that being completing a task or being completely drunk. Our society is all or nothing, or apathy all around. We ascend mountains or the corporate ladder; either way it is measurable. The ascent of Divine Love, though, is like diving into the depths of space. It may seem measurable but relationally it loses all measurement, and that is where true intoxication (i.e. completion) occurs.

QOTD – For What He Is Man is Precious

In the economy that we are in coupled with the culture that we live it’s always good to remember:

A man is more precious for what he is that what he has. – Gaudium et Spes

Courtesy of Bandini

QOTD – God Attracts Us

On this day of rest, rest in this:

It is only because God, in His love, attracts us that we find the strength in our turn to join him. – Blaise Arminjon, SJ

Visiting the poor, illustration from ‘Le Magasin Pittoresque’, Paris, 1844 by Karl Girardet

QOTD – Common Good and the Character of Citizens

John Wanamaker Citizen
taken by Smallbones

 The common good must include concern for the character of citizens. – J. Brian Benestad

Relativism has so ingrained itself in our government that this seems contrary to the American government’s understanding of itself.

QOTD – Baptism, God’s Most Beautiful Gift

Just in case you haven’t thought about your baptism in awhile.

Baptism is God’s most beautiful and magnificent gift … We call it gift, grace, anointing, enlightenment, garment of immortality, bath of rebirth, seal, and most precious gift. It is called gift because it is conferred on those who bring nothing of their own; grace since it is given even to the guilty; Baptism because sin is buried in the water; anointing for it is priestly and royal as are those who are anointed; enlightenment because it radiates light; clothing since it veils our shame; bath because it washes; and seal as it is our guard and the sign of God’s Lordship. – St. Gregory of Nazianzus

QOTD – Continuity and Renewal, Conservative and Progressive

In effect, continuity and renewal are a proof of the perennial value of the teaching of the Church. – Bl. John Paul II

People often speak within the Church about conservative and progressive. The Church is both, but without the political connotations. It remains perennially in continuity with the Apostles and their successors both in government and in teaching. However, it is forever renewing and progressing in its evangelical mission, which requires reaching people in their own situation. This allows for a deepening of understanding of the teaching of the Church which Bl. John Henry Newman called the development of doctrine, but it also pushes forward those who proclaim the good news of the saving mystery of Jesus Christ.

QOTD – The Paschal Mystery Can Only Be Received

We cannot bring about the Paschal Mystery for ourselves; as the mystery of death and resurrection, by it’s very nature it can only be received. – Josef Cardinal Ratzinger

Lord, help us to receive from you the cross you will for us. That through that reception we my rise to newness of life.

QOTD – Rest in the Lord

Some might already be looking back to this past summer’s vacations. Well:

To rest in the Lord and to see his joy is like a banquet, and full of gladness and tranquility. – St Ambrose

QOTD – Gradualism

After much though, we will return somewhat to the roots of this blog. Quotes. We will begin having a quote of the day. We won’t stick to any particular genre (although it will be coming from what we are reading). So here is the first QOTD for Reverenced Reading:

Gradualism is the pervading modus operandi of our times. My peers’ pressure is subtle but relentless. Who can hold it back? – Angus Graham, The Father’s Tale by Michael O’Brien

P.S. We, of course, will be continuing to write new content about books and things we read from books and movies about books and the occasional other fancy.

Doesn’t This Make You Feel Smart!

For everything that is easily grasped is easily despised, but what is beyond us increases our admiration in proportion to our difficulty in apprehending it; and everything that succeeds our reach whets our desire. – St. Gregory Nazienzen