Thursday, April 11, 2019

2019-04-12 - Benedict's Letter and Isaiah and Ephesians


  1. But that's also what's happening in the culture. A total inversion.

    I love that verse in the Psalm today. "Awake, O harp and lyre, I will waken the dawn." But that's just poetry. "Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light," St Paul says. That makes me think of the light of Earendil that Galadriel gives Frodo. Awake!
    David is waking up to his sin, and he repents.

    Are we supposed to be addressing each other with hymns and psalms and spiritual songs? That seems more complicated than not... What does Paul mean by that?

    1. I think he means we are to share our enthusiasm.

      The commentaries here about, "Awake, thou sleeper, and arise from the dead and Christ shall give thee light" are interesting -

    2. I quote/allude psalms and hymns all the time in my letters, just because they express certain things far better and more beautifully than I ever could. As for sharing enthusiasm, Chesterton has this to say in "The Slavery of Free Verse":

      "I have always had the fancy that if a man were really free, he would talk in rhythm and even in rhyme. His most hurried post-card would be a sonnet; and his most hasty wires like harp-strings. He would breathe a song into the telephone; a song which would be a lyric or an epic, according to the time involved in awaiting the call; or his inevitable altercation with the telephone girl, the duel would also be a duet. He would express his preference among the dishes at dinner in short impromptu poems..."

      There's lots more, but holding a book with one hand and typing with another is tough.

  2. This Sunday I am setting aside time to read Benedict's letter. Raymond Arroyo had some excellent commentary on it in the most recent episode of the World Over.

    "Fair is foul and foul is fair," eh? We all know what happened to Macbeth when he "put darkness for light and light for darkness." I pray that God will raise up saintly Macduffs to cleanse the Church and restore the hedge. I'll do my best to answer the call!

    I've tried to eat a wild grape. Very sweet, but the seeds get in between your teeth and are annoying at best and painful at worst.

    My prayers are with Benedict. Let us redeem the time! I'm tired of waiting for others to expose and fix things. It's high time that I hone my sword and burnish my shield.

    Anyhow, that my ramble for today.

    1. What happened to Macbeth?

      I'm assuming it's something bad, but I've never read it.

    2. After much witchcraft and treachery on his part, Macbeth got his head chopped off by Macduff, a Scottish nobleman aiding in the return of the true king.