The “Snail” has broken cover! Come out from under a flower pot and is now rampant! Exposed to the rigours of the market.
It is said they only found one mad old man in the Bastille when they stormed it on this day in 1789. This info may well be fabricated and based on Dr Manette in “A Tale of Two Cities.”
We have all experienced the tug-of-war between the demands of everyday life and the very real desire to linger longer in the presence of Christ. The necessity of getting on usually takes precedence. But it is salutory to ask oneself at regular intervals – why am I (stilI) a Catholic?
Shut your eyes and immediately a picture comes into your head. We think in images from the moment we first open our eyes: frightening, vague, or peaceful.
Neither I nor anybody else can make you read the Catechism. In fact when you hear, “You just must read this, you’ll love it,” it is almost guaranteed to put you off. But we are urged by none other than the Holy Father – not a command, but a recommendation.
You can’t smell a Kindle – well, you can but it won’t have that slightly musty, fingered odor of a favorite old volume.
There can be no certainty about either the chosen man or woman, or about the quality of the future marriage. It’s a risk, a leap in the dark, however well-prepared. If this writer had a tenner for every time she had been asked how to be sure one had chosen the right mate, she would be a rich woman!
To find him let loose in the deepest countryside with his loathing of dogs, his total lack of knowledge concerning flowers, trees and everything else that goes to make up the countryside is somehow disarming and one admires the man’s courage in covering some 400 kms when he seems so ill-equipped to do so.
I think the majority of parents do care about the sort of Godless society their children are growing up in but they don’t know how to articulate their dislike of today’s moral climate, how to protest or how to change it.