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“Good Lord! Sounds like old Mottram again.”

The Footsteps at the Lock
#RonaldKnox

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It was she who drove (while he, as he said, did the thinking) on the motor-infested journey to Oxford.

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I’m afraid I found The Footsteps at the Lock overly contrived, less believable than the most fanciful of John Buchan.

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Paul Selmer · @PaulSelmer ·
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“But no act resolves itself of itself. There’s the will, the imagination, and the risk. Else we are lifted and set down as idly as summer dust.”

The Velvet Horn, p 201, The Wake

Two camps divide conservatism today: those who get it, and those who don’t — the woke and unwoke.

Bill Barr's woke.
So is Josh Hawley.
So is Tucker Carlson.

For the right to survive and thrive, these men must stay on top.

My Spectator cover.

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Reading “Catholic Korea: Yesterday and Today” -

Amazing how many false starts & attempts at evangelization before things took off.

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What a lovely way to start a day — reading “Uncle Fred Flits By” #PGW

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#FrHoughton #BryanHoughton #Houghton #SSPX

The Priests Who Disliked Mass: Fr. Byran Houghton Website of the Society of Saint Pius X's USA District. The SSPX was founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and is dedicated to the formation of priests and in consequence, of preserving Catholic... http://archives.sspx.org/news/the_priests_who_disliked_mass.htm

“No one can stand not being forgiven. That’s God’s privilege.”

#GrahamGreene
Travels with my aunt

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“I had discovered for the first time in myself a streak of anarchy.”

#GrahamGreene
Travels with my aunt

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“A long life is not a question of years. A man without memories might reach the age of a hundred and feel that his life has been a very brief one.”

#GrahamGreene
Travels with my aunt

@PaulSelmer “I have never planned anything illegal in my life,” Aunt Augusta said. “How could I plan anything of the kind when I have never read any of the laws and have no idea what they are?”

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Richard Feynman visits Iseokitsu @Wrathofgnon

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Well you’d like this one @Wrathofgnon - p 86 Feynman meets Queen of Belgium & Fr Georges Lemaitre , p 87 home built in traditional Belgian style, p 89 notes on Warsaw rebuilt new but “old”

It is always distressing to find that a priest has been disappeared after running afoul of the chancery or media. Where do they go?

“The trouble is,” said the Librarian, “that everybody sneers at restrictions and demands freedom, till something annoying happens; then they demand angrily what has become of the discipline.”

#dorothysayers
“Gaudy Night” Ch 5

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“I have met so many murderers when visiting prisons; and most of them are very harmless, stupid people, poor creatures, when they aren’t definitely pathological.”

“You might feel differently about it,” said Harriet, “if you’d happened to meet the victims...”

#dorothysayers
“Gaudy Night” Ch 2

“I don’t know if you’ve ever worked out the finance of really first-class coffee for two hundred people.”

#dorothysayers
“Gaudy Night”

“I sometimes wonder whether a little normal, hearty wickedness wouldn’t be good for a great many of us.”

#DorothySayers
“Gaudy Night”

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“To me, on the other hand, Carlton, it is like two and two make four; and you make two and two five, and are astonished that I won’t agree with you.”

#lossandgain
#JHN

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“Not at all,” said Sheffield; “rigid adherence to old customs surely may be the badge of a party.”

#LossAndGain
Part 2, Chapter VII

Reading S. John Henry Newman’s #LossandGain as recommended by @eccles - it’s impressive and it’s a repeated shock to realize the author was one of the greatest men, or minds, of his age.

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Bateman’s guide for an Anglo-Catholic to read the 39 Articles in a Catholic sense - “we have merely to explain ambiguities and harmonize discrepancies” - I would be surprised if that excuse was not offered verbatim for the Second Vatican Council! #lossandgain #JHN

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#LossAndGain Part 2, Chapter 1 - Reding & Carlton mention the societal influence of the unrepresentative Commons, the system of newspapers, and the system of agitation.

#JHN really was seeing the dawn of modernism.

@PaulSelmer #lossandgain Part 2, Ch VI

“...who shut his eyes and speculated, when he might open them and see.”

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History is indeed what Gibbon said it was⁠—a long tale of crimes and follies. But it is more than that; it is also the story of genius and daring and dumb, boxlike persistence⁠—virtues without which mankind would not have got as far as discovering that living in caves was a good idea. Not just to know but to feel these truths is to confirm Burckhardt's dictum about the value of cultivating history: not to be cleverer the next time, but wiser forever." #Barzun "Where Is History Today?",𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘞𝘦 𝘋𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘦

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“Think how peaceful our lives would be if we were not so busy hanging on the latest sayings and doings of others, or getting involved in things that do not properly concern us.”
#TheImitationOfChrist
1.xi
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“..the lowly peasant who lives as a child of God is more to be admired than the learned astronomer who can plot the movement of the stars but who completely neglects his spiritual life.”
#theimitationofchrist
1.ii

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“The person who listens to the eternal Word is not likely to pose as an opinion-maker.”
#theimitationofchrist
1.iii

@PaulSelmer “If each of us were to cut away the root of one vice every year, we would soon become perfect.”
#theimitationofchrist
1.xi

@PaulSelmer Prune and cart away the evil in my soul;

Trim lustful desire from every root and bole.

But give me growth in patience,

True charity, obeisance;

Bless with every virtue more to make me whole.

@PaulSelmer “If we really cared only for God’s opinions of us, we would not become so upset whenever others oppose us in our opinions. As it is, we are very likely to get swept up by some interior or external force and conform our opinions to it.”

#theimitationofchrist 1.xiv
#thegreatawokening

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@PaulSelmer “Doing a thing well means doing it for the sake of the common good, rather than out of self-interest.”

#theimitationofchrist 1.xv

@PaulSelmer “So be patient with whatever defects and infirmities you find in others. Keep in mind that you yourself are in some ways a burden to others.”

#theimitationofchrist

As one philosopher wrote: “Whenever I have been with others, I have returned less a man” [Seneca, Epistles vii].

#theimitationofchrist
@Waisberg

“It should not surprise you that, if you hunger after the latest news, its unpleasantness disturbs your heart.”

#theimitationofchrist 1.xx

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“If we thought more about our eventual death than about how long our earthly lives will be, we would work harder at amending those lives.”
#theimitationofchrist 1.xxi

@PaulSelmer “Let us consider, then, who is happiest in this life. Is it not obvious that they are those willing to suffer for God?”

#theimitationofchrist 1.xxii

@PaulSelmer “Let us delay no more, but stand and proclaim:

NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT,

NOW IS THE TIME TO FIGHT,

and NOW IS THE TIME TO AMEND MY LIFE.”

@PaulSelmer “By learning to die to the world now, you learn to live now with Christ.”

#theimitationofchrist 1.xxiii

@PaulSelmer “There are basically two ways in which you can improve yourself. First, take yourself away from those vices toward which our weak nature inclined us. Second, pray hardest for the graces you most need.”

#theimitationofchrist 1.xxv

“I am writing all this in terms of the year 1944, about a people who thought in terms of the year 1520, and that always implies a lot of guessing, as it is very difficult and well-nigh impossible for us to climb into other peoples’ skins. None of us quite understand our own fathers and so what are we to make of the good people of five centuries ago?”

Hendrik Willem #VanLoon
“Adventures and Escapes of Gustavus Vasa”

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#VanLoon is a strange delight:

“The ‘a’ [in Skoane] should have a little circle above it...But its use always causes considerable inconvenience among our printers, who have few of these Swedish, Norwegian and Danish (not to speak of the Icelandic) doodads, which look almost like early mediaeval runes and in the wartime year of 1944, when the printer does you a favor if he prints one of your books at all, it is better to make things as easy as possible for him. And so I shall write oa whenever there should be an a with a little hole over it and you pronounce it like oh and all will be well.”

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A welcome bonus to #VanLoon charming history of King Gustavus Vasa of Sweden - artwork by the author

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Sohrab Ahmari · @SohrabAhmari ·
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Getting realistic about the coronavirus death rate.

Alex Berenson’s important op-ed in today’s New York Post.

His critics seem to be able only to muster emotional outbursts rather than ARGUMENTS.

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