Sunday, 23 November 2008

The wisdom of Newman for our time

"Do you think (the Prince of Lies) is so unskillful in his craft, as to ask you openly and plainly to join him in his warfare against the Truth? No; he offers you baits to tempt you. He promises you civil liberty; he promises you equality; he promises you trade and wealth; he promises you a remission of taxes; he promises you reform. This is the way in which he conceals from you the kind of work to which he is putting you; he tempts you to rail against your rulers and superiors; he does so himself, and induces you to imitate him; or he promises you illumination, -- he offers you knowledge, science, philosophy, enlargement of mind. He scoffs at times gone by; he scoffs at every institution which reveres them. He prompts you what to say, and then listens to you, and praises you, and encourages you. He bids you mount aloft. He shows you how to become as gods. Then he laughs and jokes with you, and gets intimate with you; he takes your hand, and gets his fingers between yours, and grasps them, and then you are his." ...The Venerable John Henry CARDINAL Newman.

Friday, 7 November 2008

They will all wither and die. Something new and beautiful will emerge.

From Father James Fargaglia at The Sunday Homily:
Ignore the Bishops and clergy that did nothing to stop Barack Obama. Ignore the majority of Catholics that voted for a pro-abortion candidate. They have no fecundity. Their seminaries are empty, their parishes are closing, and their dioceses are still riddled with scandals. They will all wither and die. Something new and beautiful will emerge.