"The materialist philosophy (whether true or not) is certainly much more limiting than any religion. In one sense, of course, all intelligent ideas are narrow. They cannot be broader than themselves. A Christian is only restricted in the same sense that an atheist is restricted. He cannot think Christianity false and continue to be a Christian; and the atheist cannot think atheism false and continue to be an atheist."
"I do not know by what extraordinary mental accident modern writers so constantly connect the idea of progress with the idea of independent thinking. Progress is obviously the antithesis of independent thinking. For under independent or individualistic thinking, every man starts at the beginning, and goes, in all probability, just as far as his father before him. But if there really be anything of the nature of progress, it must mean, above all things, the careful study and assumption of the whole of the past."
— G. K. Chesterton, Heretics
One year ago today, at the Love and Life Centre hosted by the Sisters of Life and the Knights of Columbus in Madrid.
Left: 12,000 of us Anglophone pilgrims joined in a Theology of the Body a capella performance with Sisters of Life, Franciscan friars, and lay musicians.
Right: Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, S.V. speaks about the “Civilization of Love.”
Someone sped past me today while I was walking and yelled: “BOOK OF MORMON!” This, despite the fact that I was holding my Rosary beads in my hand.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for walking in black slacks and carrying a journal”?
Us Canadians with some Aussies as the World Youth Day celebrations in Madrid began this day, last year.
- Camera: SONY DSC-H10
- Aperture: f/3.5
- Exposure: 1/400th
- Focal Length: 6mm
"Arise, O Lord, into thy resting place: thou and the ark, which thou hast sanctified."
— Psalm 132:8 (Psalm 131:8
as numbered in the Douay-Rheims Bible)
Inside Sagrada Familia Basilica, this day last year.
Statues of four apostles at the cathedral in Barcelona, where I was this day, last year. I’ve realized that I’m a pretty horrible Catholic, since I know the one on the far left is St. James the Just and the one on the far right is St. John, but I don’t know who the other two are.
- Camera: SONY DSC-H10
- Aperture: f/9
- Exposure: 1/160th
- Focal Length: 14mm
"Let fire and the cross; let the crowds of wild beasts; let tearings, breakings, and dislocations of bones; let cutting off of members; let shatterings of the whole body; and let all the dreadful torments of the devil come upon me: only let me attain to Jesus Christ."
— St. Ignatius of Antioch’s Epistle to the Romans. Translated by Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson. Found at newadvent.org
"Bigotry is an incapacity to conceive seriously the alternative to a proposition."