“There is no good in making of Christianity easy and pleasant; “Youth”, or the better part of it, is more likely to come to a difficult religion than to an easy one. For some, the intellectual way of approach must be emphasized; there is need of a more intellectual laity. For them and for others, the way of discipline and asceticism emphasized; for even the humblest Christian layman can must and live what, in the modern world, is comparatively an ascetic life. Discipline of the emotions is even rarer, and in the modern world still more difficult, than discipline of the mind; some eminent lay preachers of “discipline” are men who know only the latter. Thought, study, mortification, sacrifice: it is such notions as these that should be impressed up the young - who difffer from the young of other times by merely having a different middle aged generation behind them. You will never attract the young by making Christianity easy; but a good many can be attracted by finding it difficult: diffficult both to the disorderly miund and to the unruly passions.”
T.S. Eliot - Thoughts after Lambeth (1931)
Interest thoughts, given Lambeth 1930 was when the Anglican Communion approved birth control.
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10:59 am • 12 October 2013 • 22 notes
An Italian woman playing the part of Mary during a Holy Week procession.
5:58 pm • 27 September 2013 • 125 notes
The high altar of the Servite church of Santa Maria in Via, Rome.
The church houses the miraculous image of the Madonna del Pozzo (Our Lady of the Well) and is one of Rome’s most popular Marian shrines. All day long devotees are found in the small side chapel, drinking water from the well in which the image was found.
More about the Madonna del Pozzo
5:46 pm • 27 September 2013 • 58 notes
“Know to what extent the Creator has honored you above all the rest of creation. The sky is not an image of God, nor is the moon, nor the sun, nor the beauty of the stars, nor anything of what can be seen in creation. You alone have been made the image of the Reality that transcends all understanding, the likeness of imperishable beauty, the imprint of true divinity, the recipient of beatitude, the seal of the true light. When you turn to him you become that which he is himself…There is nothing so great among beings that it can be compared with your greatness. God is able to measure the whole heaven with his span. The earth and the sea are enclosed in the hollow of his hand. And although he is so great and holds all creation in the palm of his hand, you are able to hold him, he dwells in you and moves with you without constraint, for he has said, ‘I will live and move among them.’”
St Gregory of Nyssa (via onancientpaths)
Chew on this a while.
Wow. Be reminded of your identity, brothers & sisters.
5:38 pm • 27 September 2013 • 681 notes
Catholic wedding - Princess Claire (Lademacher) Of Luxembourg and Prince Felix Of Luxembourg depart their wedding ceremony at the Basilique Sainte Marie-Madeleine on September 21, 2013 in Saint-Maximin-La-Sainte-Baume, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Claire Lademacher is seeking a doctorate degree in the study of organ donation ethics at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome.
The part in italics is what gets me - like, she looks pretty and all, and it’s cool that she’s a princess, but that she’s that into studying ethical philosophy is really frickin’ cool.
1:01 am • 22 September 2013 • 32 notes
Every time we give in to selfishness and say “No” to God, we spoil his loving plan for us. - Pope Francis
11:16 pm • 20 September 2013 • 116 notes
Notions & Notations of a Novice Cook: Making Matcha Ice Cream
When you’re trying to make ice cream without the aid of an ice cream maker, there are typically two ways to go about it. One is the relatively simple no-churn method, where you take a can of condensed milk and add your preferred flavorings into it, then folding it into some whipped heavy…
10:44 pm • 20 September 2013 • 315 notes
“There are those who hate Christianity and call their hatred an all-embracing love for all religions.”
— G.K. Chesterton (via josephmaniaci)
8:18 pm • 16 September 2013 • 157 notes
On being wifed up at 23:
I’ve often seen people share that quote, something like “getting married at 22 is kind of like leaving a party at 9:30.” This does not offend me. I agree. I left with the hottest and funnest person at the party and we picked up a pizza on the way home and are snuggled up watching Mad Men together, and everyone else is still at the party getting super wasted and barfing on themselves and making regrettable decisions.
1:40 pm • 16 September 2013 • 21,599 notes
“Is the idea of Catholicism old and therefore unacceptable? —The sun is older and has not lost its light; water is more ancient, and it still quenches the thirst and refreshes us.”
— Point 937, The Furrow, St. Josemaria Escriva (via randomnoisegenerator)
1:39 pm • 16 September 2013 • 29 notes
Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows by Adriaen Isenbrant, 1535
5:28 pm • 15 September 2013 • 35 notes