He was a wise man who invented beer. - Plato
Does anyone know the reference for this, or is it apocryphal?
As for the depiction of God the Father, such images appear even in the monasteries of Mount Athos, the sanctum sanctorum of Orthodoxy itself. There is one where God the Father is sitting in paradise with God the Son (a small child) on His lap, done in a very Byzantine style. And the Holy Spirit is always portrayed as a dove in the Theophany icon, and He is not God the Son. I think while the principle that the Word of God is the true revelation of God is something to always be kept in mind, it is not a reason to disparage other forms of art that are done devoutly. Nowhere have such rules been applied with universal rigor, and so a depiction of God the Father is not at all blasphemous. Maybe less correct, but not blasphemous.
• After vowing to eschew private fundraising and take public financing, he has now refused public money.Check out Dick Morris' whole article on the subject over at Real Clear Politics.
• Once he threatened to filibuster a bill to protect telephone companies from liability for their cooperation with national security wiretaps; now he has voted for the legislation.
• Turning his back on a lifetime of support for gun control, he now recognizes a Second Amendment right to bear arms in the wake of the Supreme Court decision.
• Formerly, he told the Israeli lobby that he favored an undivided Jerusalem. Now he says he didn't mean it.
• From a 100 percent pro-choice position, he now has migrated to expressing doubts about allowing partial-birth abortions.
• For the first time, he now speaks highly of using church-based institutions to deliver public services to the poor.
• Having based his entire campaign on withdrawal from Iraq, he now pledges to consult with the military first.
• During the primary, he backed merit pay for teachers -- but before the union a few weeks ago, he opposed it.
• After specifically saying in the primaries that he disagreed with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (D-N.Y.) proposal to impose Social Security taxes on income over $200,000 and wanted to tax all income, he has now adopted the Clinton position.
Obama's breathtaking flips and flops are materially different from McCain's. While McCain had opposed offshore oil drilling and now supports it, the facts have obviously changed. Obama's shifts have nothing to do with altered circumstances, just a change in the political calendar.
That’s a claim many Catholics might dispute, but the reading groups and seminars devoted to contemplating John Paul’s “theology of the body” mean that Catholics disposed to defend the church’s teaching now have a more formidable set of resources than they did when Paul VI wrote “Humanae Vitae.”Take a look:
R. Yose said: They were figs, as may be inferred from the context.Whether it was a fig or not, the English word "apple" is an appropriate translation, because etymologically, the English word "apple" is a generic term including all fruits, berries, and nuts. For example, the Old English word for cucumbers is eorþæppla - literally, "earth-apples" or "earth fruit". Thus, the forbidden fruit could have been an apple, fig, etrog fruit, banana, or even a cucumber - all of these kinds of fruit would be encompassed by the generic English word "apple" in its traditional sense.
A parable of a king's son who disgraced himself with one of the maidservants. When the king heard of it, he deprived his son of high rank and expelled him from the palace. The son then went about to the doorways of the other maidservants, and none would take him in. But she who disgraced herself with him opened the door of her house and received him.
So, too, when Adam ate of that tree, the Holy One deprived him of lofty status and expelled him from the Garden of Eden. Adam then went about among all the trees, but none would receive him [ie. take even one leaf ].
But the fig tree whose fruit Adam had eaten opened its doors [so to speak] and received him, as is said, "They sewed fig leaves together." (Bereishit 3:7) Gen. Rabbah 15:7.
Much is spoken today of diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. By analogy, their symptoms can, at times, be found even in our own Christian communities. For example, when we live myopically in the fleeting present, oblivious of our past heritage and apostolic traditions, we could well be suffering from spiritual Alzheimer’s. And when we behave in a disorderly manner, going whimsically our own way without any co-ordination with the head or the other members of our community, it could be ecclesial Parkinson’s.Wow! His comment about "going whimsically our own way without any co-ordination with the head" is an obvious allusion Anglicanism's rejection of the Pope. As a result, Anglicanism could suffer from "ecclesial Parkinson’s". Finally no fluff. Just shooting it straight.
In communion with the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the Angels and Saints, I commend this Lambeth Conference to God Almighty, and I pray that, through it, He may shower countless blessings on the Anglican Communion all over the world. With Cardinal John Henry Newman, an important figure for Anglicans and Catholics alike, I join you in praying the Holy Spirit:Read the whole text of Cardinal Dias' address over at Stand Firm.
Lead, kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home:
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet: I do not ask to see the distant scene:
One step enough for me.
“I declared first to those at Damascus, then at Jerusalem and throughout all the country of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God and perform deeds worthy of their repentance (Acts 26:20).Here Paul explains that he preaches not only that people should repent, but also that they should “perform deeds worthy of their repentance”. This is the very definition of the word “penance”. However, all Christians should be careful that their performance of “deeds worthy of their repentance” actually corresponds to an inward conversion of heart. Otherwise, such penances become sterile and false (CCC §1430).
"To acquire a taste for it is almost to become naturalised in the Middle Ages."More on Boethius later.
— C. S. Lewis, The Discarded Image : An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature (1964) 75.