Saturday, July 18, 2009

Non è solo un' icona "gay"

Fascinating info about a L'Osservatore Romano article on Oscar Wilde, including a link to the article (in Italian), and links to the reactions of some of the denser journalists out there.

Hat tip to the CIN Blog.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Sanity

We believe that the dynamic unconscious exists and that unconscious motivation does play an important role in the moral life of mature people. This does not mean, however, that the classical principles of moral theology, though more sensitively applied in the light of recent psychological insights, are outmoded.

George Hagmaier, CSP, and Robert Gleason, SJ, Counselling the Catholic : Modern Techniques and Emotional Conflicts (Sheed & Ward, 1959), p. 216

Monday, July 13, 2009

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Hart Crane

The earth may glide diaphanous to death;
But if I lift my arms it is to bend
To you who turned away once, Helen, knowing
The press of troubled hands, too alternate
With steel and soil to hold you endlessly.
I meet you, therefore, in that eventual flame
You found in final chains, no captive then --
Beyond their million brittle, bloodshot eyes;
White, through white cities passed on to assume
That world which comes to each of us alone.

Accept a lone eye riveted to your plane,
Bent axle of devotion along companion ways
That beat, continuous, to hourless days --
One inconspicuous, glowing orb of praise.


from "For the Marriage of Faustus and Helen"

Countee Cullen

The meek are promised much in a book I know,
But one grows weary turning cheek to blow.


(I forget the name of the poem these lines come from; I do remember that it's a sonnet.)