Friday October 28 2016
This week after 13 years of service in the Diocese of Westminster as Director for Pastoral Affairs and then Director for Marriage and Family Life I am moving on to take up a new post in Portsmouth Diocese Catholic Academies and Schools Office.
I am still pondering on whether or not to continue with this weekly blog [thought for the weekend] but as so many of you have kindly thanked and encouraged me for it, then it’s most likely I will. And I have my good friend and former colleague Charlotte McNerlin to aid me in this as I am [almost] a complete technophobe!
So, as all of us in some respects stand on the shoulders of giants as we look back to look forward…my blog this week is just a wee selection of some of [and these are tiny] my favourite quotes. As you can see there is a variation on a theme here especially when we think about the truth of the family. Enjoy. They have all helped me in different ways.
“We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures. We are the sum of the Father’s love for us and our real capacity to become the image of his Son…” Pope Saint John Paul II
“To see the miraculous within the ordinary is the mark of highest wisdom.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The dogma of equal opportunity is the most influential of all and is maintained stoutly by some who would shrink from what seems to me its probable consequences. It is an ideal which can only be fully realized when the institution of the family is no longer respected and when parental control and responsibility passes to the State. ” TS Elliott Notes Towards Definition of Culture p 103 Faber and Faber 1948
“Banishment of the corporeal, or sexual, into pure biology, all the talk about the ‘merely biological,’ is consequently the exact antithesis of what faith intends. For faith tells us of the spirituality of the biological as well as the corporeality of the spiritual and divine. On this point the choice is between all or nothing. The attempt to preserve a spiritual, distilled remainder after the biological element has been alienated denies the very spiritual reality which is the principal concern of the faith in the God made flesh” (Ratzinger, Daughter Zion, p. 53. 1977).
“The law was given that grace might be sought. Grace was given that the law can be followed.” St Augustine
“The holy house of Nazareth was to the eye commonplace while for God it was divine and human perfection” Cardinal Manning
“There will be no renewal [..] without renewal of the Catholic Church, and no renewal of the Catholic Church without renewal of the Catholic family, and no renewal of the Catholic family without a bold proclamation of the sacred truths regarding the transmission of human life.” Archbishop Charles Chaput
“To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize” Voltaire
Artful denial is a common disposition of those who will not compromise their ideology with reality, lest they be discomfited by the fact of evil.