Sunday, April 21, 2013

Who has seen... ?

Fr. C. gave an awesome sermon today, on the Lord's being seen and not seen
Modicum, et non videbitis me...
This is what happens on the Third Sunday After Easter, in the Extraordinary Calendar. Fr. brought out something of the mystic sense of see and shall not see: already before the third hour, one of the twelve is in spiritual despair and ten more have fled, unable to see the Present Divinity.

It brings to mind one of the recurring motifs in John's Gospel: from time to time, one or another heap of people sought to stone Him or make Him king-of-the-narrow-land, “... but Jesus hid himself... ”; and now He is telling the Twelve that something like that is about to happen to them, if only for “a little while”. Hearing this, they do not hear.

There is far too much here to say, so I shan't. Take a break and read the thing. Start early: context is like a good neighbour.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Natural Law really is prior law and superior

First Things is, of course, a mixed bag, as are well-nigh all human efforts; but this one seems solid and sound, easily up to its cautious aspirations.

The thing reminds me of a moment at... actually, I'm not sure when. Something to do with Halbardiers and English clerics or would-be-such of some sort... Guy Crouchback in something of a lightened state urges the other fellow "... but surely, wouldn't you say the supernatural is actually the only really natural thing there is... ?" to which the other responds "Up to a point...", which is funny both if you've also read Scoop and also because Guy really is closer to true things here than he usually is elsewhere.

Anyways, have-at-'em; Happy spring to you, from a land of blowing snow and hail.


I'm sure it's terribly amusing; 'twas 22℃ just yesterday