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Shut your mouth and your mind

“An open mind is really a mark of foolishness, like an open mouth. Mouths and minds were made to shut; they were made to open only in order to shut.” G.K. 1,159 more words

General

The Girl Who Was Thursday (That's Me! :)

I used to sit in the back of a dim Adoration chapel and stare hopelessly at the monstrance. Very often, the God in it seemed as far beyond my spiritual reach as He was beyond my physical reach. 442 more words

Morgan Elizabeth

Heavy, Humdrum, and Safe

“People have fallen into a foolish habit of speaking of orthodoxy as something heavy, humdrum, and safe. There never was anything so perilous or so exciting as orthodoxy. 347 more words

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Bustle of Indolence

“It is customary to complain of the bustle and strenuousness of our epoch. But in truth the chief mark of our epoch is a profound laziness and fatigue; and the fact is that the real laziness is the cause of the apparent bustle. 270 more words

Language

A Sort of Spiritual Freedom

“The Catholic Church believed that man and God both had a sort of spiritual freedom. Calvinism took away the freedom from man, but left it to God.

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Anything worth doing . . . is worth doing poorly.

There is an old saying that goes something like this:

Anything worth doing is worth doing your best.

While this axiom conveys some kind of nobility in the tasks we undertake, it also strikes me as a little bit glib, and maybe even somewhat delusional (along the same lines as the cliché that you should “always give 110%,” which is outright nonsense).

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Almost Furious

“Christ had even a literary style of his own, not to be found, I think, elsewhere; it consists of an almost furious use of the…

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