People without hope not only don’t write novels, but what is more to the point, they don’t read them. They don’t take long looks at anything, because they lack the courage. The way to despair is to refuse to have any kind of experience, and the novel, of course, is a way to have experience. The lady who only read books that improved her mind was taking a safe course—and a hopeless one. She’ll never know whether her mind is improved or not, but should she ever, by some mistake, read a great novel, she’ll know mighty well that something is happening to her.
Flannery O’Connor, Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose (via habitofbeing)
Apparently this has gone mini-viral since I last checked my Flannery O’Connor tumblr.
It is only in the revelation which God makes of himself on the basis of his Word that we learn to understand and to say after him that the God-Man can surrender himself to God-abandonment, without resigning his own reality as God, because, as God, he is as interior to the world he has made as he is superior to it.
That a dead man should begin to live again is not, in the world of the Bible, an entirely unique occurrence. But it is not, in any case, what the Resurrection of Jesus expresses. The meaning of the Resurrection lies, rather, in Jesus’ passage to a form of existence which has left death behind it once for all, and so has gone beyond, once for all, the limitations of this aeon in God.
Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.
The more I considered Christianity, the more I found that while it had established a rule and order, the chief aim of that order was to give room for good things to run wild.
Men represent the deliberative and democratic element in life. Woman represents the despotic.
The One who asked that the cup of rejection might be removed from his lips does not summon his disciples to a life of moral rigor alone. He is not appealing for them courageously to transform their torment into understanding. Nor does he speak out of dread for his own imminent and supremely unjust death. He is pleading that his Kingdom might come by some other means than the cruciform suffering that his disciples will surely encounter because of their faithfulness to him and his gospel. As with the silent but firm answer that Jesus receives in Gethsemane, so with the equally clear though implied answer to Sunday’s hard query: There is no other way than the Cross.
I recently reached a nice round number of Tumblr followers, a number that honestly kind of shocks me given how absent I’ve been lately from Tumblr and from the internet in general (my pageviews are way lower now than they were when I had 100 followers though, so someone explain that to me).
General housekeeping things:
The acquisition of truth is the result of effort and struggle and engagement, of mistakes and wrong turns and dead ends - in sum, of experience. Easily achieved truth is a delusion.