Dixisti

Imple Pater quod dixisti, nos tuis iuvans precibus.

Aug 17
“Many people don’t understand the difference between a vocation and your own idea about something. A vocation is a call—one you don’t necessarily want.” Mother Prioress Dolores Hart | The Ear of the Heart

Aug 8
“Goodness no more changes with time than it changes with space, geography, or culture. Historicism says it does. (Hegel is the main villain here). The historicist often silences proposals to arrest our moral decay with the cliché “you can’t turn back the clock”… When the clock goes wrong, that is exactly what you do, unless you are its slave. Instead of being master of time and servant of truth, modern man thinks he is master of truth and the servant of time—an illustration of the law that if you will not worship the true God, you will inevitably bow before some silly idol.

The argument that “you can’t turn back the clock” is very similar to the argument you always hear for fornication (and condoms) and abortion: “They’re going to do it anyway” (frequently followed by “you can’t turn back the clock”). This is an argument that is never given for anything unconnected with sex. Try giving it for racism, rape, or even smoking, and you will see how logical and consistent it is.”
Peter KreeftC.S. Lewis for the Third Millennium

Jul 27
“Noe av det dummeste jeg vet om i den norske politikken er den moralismefobien som folk tuller med. Det å tenke moralsk, og opptre moralsk er et helt selvfølgelig og ufravikelig krav. Jeg tror ikke folk tenker over hva de egentlig sier når [de] stempler alt mulig som moralisme. Da sier de jo i virkeligheten at vi ikke skal ha moralske kriterier for det vi gjør. Det får du aldri av meg.” Rasmus Hansson | Håpet er grønt. - I: Klassekampen 27. juli 2013

Feb 5
“Liberalism, back to John Locke, has understood religion to be a fundamentally private matter. It has a difficult time understanding the existence of loyalties outside the law, and often views them as dangerous (unless the demands of faith are harmless and picturesque, like the Amish). But this is not the way many religious people understand religion. They view it as the grounding for a vision of justice, and the source of standards for a community of believers.” Michael Gerson | Obama’s new contraception rules try to fool Catholics

Jun 11
“Life without moral rules is not more free; it’s less free. It’s chaos. If the rules don’t rule, then power rules. If right doesn’t rule, then might rules. Bullies win. The strong take advantage of the weak. To see what life is like without rules, watch untrained babies or animals fighting. True morality is the way to freedom: freedom from tyrants and bullies, freedom from chaos and misery.” Peter Kreeft | Because God is Real

Apr 30
quaerere-deum:

Life of Raymond Lull. 14th century manuscript. 

quaerere-deum:

Life of Raymond Lull. 14th century manuscript. 


Apr 22
“At en som setter spørsmålstegn ved et syn på arkitekturen som har fått råde mer eller mindre uimotsagt i over 80 år, er reaksjonær og ikke radikal, kan virke som en selvmotsigelse. Men det er logisk ut ifra den selvforståelsen som hersker iblant funksjonalismens våpendragere: Funksjonalismen var og er progressiv, og alle som mener noe annet tar feil. Kort sagt, de har adoptert Vladimir Lenins elitepartimodell, som sier at revolusjonen allerede har funnet sted, og at den heretter forvaltes av Partiet. Et angrep på Partiet og dets verdier er dermed et angrep på revolusjonen, og sånn sett dypt reaksjonært.” Tommy Sørbø | Begrav funksjonalismen! i Klassekampen, 21. april 2012

“Ellers merker jeg meg at [sivilarkitekt Øyvind] Mo gjentar le Corbusiers påstand om at det å pakke konstruktive elementer i arkitekturen inn i historiske stilarter er absurd. Men like lite som sitt forbilde er han i stand til å begrunne en slik påstand. Skjønt hvorfor skulle han det? Funksjonalismen er en stil i slekt med 1900-tallets totalitære ideologier, og har hatt det kulturelle hegemoniet så lenge at dens tvilsomme påstander er blitt til natur. Og naturen trenger jo ingen begrunnelse.” Tommy Sørbø | Begrav funksjonalismen! i Klassekampen 21. april 2012

Mar 7
“Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Pope Paul VI | Evangelii Nuntiandi (1975)

Oct 17

Randall Smith asks whether it is possible to create a ‘safe place’ in which ‘authentic dialogue’ can take place. The answer: Not really. Dialogue is rather like sex: It can be safe, or it can be effective. When people dialogue there’s always the risk that one of the parties will have to change his mind or his behavior; apologies may be necessary; feelings might get hurt. The most effective dialogue involves all three of these elements.


Authentic dialogue cannot be safe, but it can be respectful. Respectful dialogue is not castrated dialogue that tiptoes around the truth; it is dialogue that speaks with genuine respect for the personality and free will of the other person.

Melinda Selmys | Replies in New Oxford Review, September 2011