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Chief Justice John Roberts: “The premises supporting the concept of natural marriage”

1 July 2015

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“The premises supporting th[e] concept of [natural] marriage are so fundamental that they rarely require articulation. The human race must procreate to survive. Procreation occurs through sexual relations between a man and a woman. When sexual relations result in the conception of a child, that child’s prospects are generally better if the mother and father stay together rather than going their separate ways. Therefore, for the good of children and society, sexual relations that can lead to procreation should occur only between a man and a woman committed to a lasting bond.”

– Chief Justice John Roberts, in his dissent from the majority in the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision.

Nikolai Berdyaev: “The whole economic system of Capitalism is an offshoot of a devouring and overwhelming lust”

1 July 2015

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“The whole economic system of Capitalism is an offshoot of a devouring and overwhelming lust, of a kind that can hold sway only in a society that has deliberately renounced the Christian asceticism and turned away from Heaven to give itself over to exclusively to earthly gratifications. It is quite obvious that Capitalism is unthinkable as a “sacred” economy. It is the results of a secularization of economic life, and by it the hierarchical subordination of the material to the spiritual is inverted. The autonomy of economics has ended in their dominating the whole life of human societies: the worship of Mammon has become the determining force of the age. And the worst of it is that this undisguised “mammonism” is regarded as a very good thing, an attainment to the knowledge of truth and a release from illusions. Economic materialism formulates this to perfection when it brands the whole spiritual life of man as a deception and a dream.

Socialism is only a more consistent development of this system, the definitive victory and diffusion of principals latent in it.”

– Nikolai Berdyaev

Elder Sophrony: ““The most important thing in the spiritual life”

30 June 2015

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“The most important thing in the spiritual life is to strive to receive the grace of the Holy Spirit. It changes our lives (above all inwardly, not outwardly). We will live in the same house, in the same circumstances, and with the same people, but our life will already be different. But this is possible only under certain conditions: if we find the time to pray fervently, with tears in our eyes. From the morning to ask for God’s blessing, that a prayerful attitude may define our entire day.”

– Elder Sophrony

Dávila: “the guilty party in a conflict”

29 June 2015

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“The left claims that the guilty party in a conflict is not the one who covets another’s goods but the one who defends his own.:”

– Nicolás Gómez Dávila

The “Benedict Option” and the Dazzled Pagan Eye

28 June 2015

Originally posted on Spiritual Friendship:

After yesterday’s SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage (about which more here), there’s been a lot of chatter in my Twitter feed and email inbox about the so-called “Benedict Option”—the view that we traditionalist Christians, who continue to believe that marriage is the lifelong union of one man and one woman, are in a kind of cultural exile and that our calling, therefore, is to “a limited, strategic withdrawal… from the mainstream of American popular culture, for the sake of shoring up our understanding of what the church is, and what we must do to be the church” (as Rod Dreher puts it). In other words, a lot of my orthodox Christian friends are asking what it looks like to be faithful to Christian teaching now that the state’s definition of marriage diverges so widely from the church’s biblical and traditional definition.

One of the earliest posts I read…

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J.R.R.Tolkien: “he that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.”

28 June 2015

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“‘For I am Saruman, the Wise, Saruman Ring-maker, Saruman of Many Colours!’ “I looked then and saw that his robes, which had seemed white, were not so, but were woven of all colours, and if he moved they shimmered and changed hue so that the eye was bewildered. “ ‘I liked white better,’ I said. “ ‘White!’ he sneered. ‘It serves as a beginning. White cloth may be dyed. The white page can be overwritten; and the white light can be broken.’ “ ‘In which case it is no longer white,’ said I. ‘And he that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.’”

– J.R.R.Tolkien, The Two Towers

C.S. Lewis: “those who keep silence”

28 June 2015

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“I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.”
– C.S. Lewis

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