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Archive for January 19th, 2007

The Ascent of Mount Carmel continues, with reasons why you shouldn’t put all your joy into supernatural good (that’s not God). This is a very cogent chapter for anyone who has charismatic gifts, and very interesting for the rest of us. Again, the saint’s not saying this stuff’s bad; he had some of these gifts himself. He’s just saying that the gifts are given by God to be used for others, and only at such times and in such ways as God pleases. They’re not given to folks so they can play with them, get attention, or spend their time thinking, “Wow, I’m so cool and holy. Yay me.”

*Maureen thinks about writing, “Fortunately, I’m not likely to ever have to deal with this sort of problem”, but decides that’s a Bad Idea. The Holy Spirit has a sense of humor.*

Book 3, Chapters 30-32

25:02.

Btw, WordPress has introduced a new mp3 player we can put in our blog posts. Let’s see if this works:

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Lent is coming up. The Ascent of Mount Carmel will come to an end right before Lent. I think I’ll be taking a break before I go on with The Dark Night of the Soul, though. No one writer speaks to everyone, even a great Doctor of the Church, and I want to have things of interest to everyone.

I’m also going to start The Everlasting Man by G.K. Chesterton this week. It’s not obscure or anything, but the book certainly is good spiritual reading. The idea is that I’ll try to finish the first half, on the state of humanity, before Lent. Then I can do the six chapters about Christ during the six weeks of Lent. (Subject to reassessment due to time, chance, throat problems, etc.) Later on this year, I’d like to hit up his books on St. Francis of Assisi and St. Thomas Aquinas. (Heck, St. Francis would probably be a good one for Eastertide. But we’ll see how that goes.)

I would like to read: some St. Teresa of Avila, St. Francis de Sales’ Introduction to the Devout Life, St. Thomas More’s thing about comfort in time of tribulation, Newman’s Development of Doctrine, and some other stuff as well. I feel that I’ve only scratched the surface of the public domain stuff out there which deserves wider circulation. I would really like to read more Catholic fiction and other forms of literature, too.

Gerusalemme Liberata and Belloc keep reminding me that I haven’t finished with them, either. Belloc I haven’t decided about. But I will probably move Gerusalemme into the Monday slot as soon as Cabbages and Kings is done (which should be soon), since I have only six books left and there are six weeks of Lent.  Allowing for extra large chapters, the whole thing should fit there just fine.

After Lent, I hope to start “Musical Mondays”, doing literature which has inspired operas and musicals. (Which Gerusalemme did, so that counts.) Yes, I am insane. But I also have been meaning to read The Girl of the Golden West since this podcast began. Belasco and Puccini wills it! (And honestly, if you know the backstory (which didn’t need to be in the opera, because the contemporary audience had seen Belasco’s popular play and read his novel), the opera makes much more sense. Also, David Belasco made his money as a great American theater producer, but he grew up in a California mining camp and wrote the novel from his memories of that world. In many ways, it’s a slap at the dime novel picture of the West.

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