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…the virgin birth, the incarnation, the resurrection…are the true laws of the flesh and the physical. Death, decay, destruction are the suspension of those laws….[It] would never have occurred to human consciousness to conceive of purity if we were not to look forward to a resurrection of the body, which will be flesh and spirit united in peace, in the way they were in Christ. The resurrection of Christ seems the high point in the law of nature.
Flannery O’Connor
[The Passion] lives, because it involves the staggering story of the Creator truly groaning and travailing with his Creation; and the highest thing thinkable passing through some nadir of the lowest curve of the cosmos. And it lives, because the very blast from this black cloud of death comes upon the world as a wind of everlasting life; by which all things wake and are alive.
GKC quoting one of the most popular yet cryptic passages of St. Paul. I didn’t see it that way before, but once again, GKC made the apt connection quite effortlessly.
“Noah feels ‘empathy’ for the child and his human ‘kindness’ overwhelms his willingness to obey God whom he believes wants him to kill it. Now this is such a distortion. When we live in a world where it is the ‘Unbelievers’ […] who believe that it’s ‘okay’ to drive scissors into the skull of a baby and do this kind of abortion even after it was born (let alone abortion in the womb). And here they twist it to make it that God wants him to do that. And that his human empathy stops him. Now this is twisted. Totally.”

http://youtu.be/FSi_hDpPEN4?t=35m00s

I was buying a hotdog at an airport one time and in a real hurry. And the guy was a student, we were talking, and he said he was studying Art. And I said (to him) ‘when you do art, do it to express what is beautiful not to express yourself. It’s not about you!’ And he said, ‘no no no I got to express who I am!’ ‘No. People would be bored with who you are, you’re selling hotdogs. Instead seek something beyond you and greater than you and seek the truth and the beauty and you will find that people respond to your expression and the way you do it.’ So I said, ‘seek the beautiful, the good and the truth.’
Fr. Mitch Pacwa, http://youtu.be/FSi_hDpPEN4?t=16m33s
Mysticism in its noblest sense, mysticism as it existed in St. John, and Plato, and Paraceleus, and Sir Thomas Browne, is not an exceptionally dark and secret thing, but an exceptionally luminous and open thing. It is in reality too clear for most of us to comprehend, and too obvious for most of us to see. Such an utterance as the utterance that “God is Love” does in reality overwhelm us like an immeasurable landscape on a clear day, like the light of an intolerable summer sun. We may call it a dark saying; but we have an inward knowledge all the time that it is we who are dark.
G. K. Chesterton
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