Odds & Enns

First of all, forgive the pun, but you can hardly blame me.

Here you will find a collection of poems, prayers, photos, thoughts, quotes, links—whatever—that I find interesting or helpful. Perhaps you will as well.

Incarnational Analogy in Divino Afflante Spiritu

From Pope Piux XII’s 1943 encyclical Divino Afflante Spiritu

37. Nevertheless no one, who has a correct idea of biblical inspiration, will be surprised to find, even in the Sacred Writers, as in other ancient authors, certain fixed ways of expounding and narrating, certain definite idioms, especially of a kind peculiar to the Semitic tongues, so-called approximations, and certain hyperbolical modes of expression, nay, at times, even paradoxical, which even help to impress the ideas more deeply on the mind.
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We are commanded by Jesus to forgive others, even those…especially those…who have wronged us. He commands us to do so, because, when we forgive, especially those who have wronged us terribly, we are most like him.

Forgiveness does not mean that we make believe the injustice never happened, or make light of it. It means we cease harboring ill against the other. We let it go.

It does not depend on our ability to bring the other to the same realization. We cannot control the other. We can only control ourselves.
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Thomas a KempisFrom Thomas À Kempis

4. All perfection in this life hath some imperfection mixed with it; and no knowledge of ours is without some darkness.
A humble knowledge of thyself is a surer way to God than a deep search after learning.
Yet learning is not to be blamed, not the mere knowledge of any thing whatsoever, for that is good in itself, and ordained by God; but a good conscience and a virtuous life are always to be preferred before it.
But because many endeavour rather to get knowledge than to live well; therefore they are often deceived, and reap either none or but little fruit.
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A Prayer of St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622)

images-11.jpegDo not look forward in fear to the changes in life. Rather, look to them with full hope that as they arise, God, whose very own you are, will lead you safely through all things; and when you cannot stand it, God will carry you in His arms.

Do not fear what may happen tomorrow.The same understanding Father who cares for you today will take care of you then and every day.

He will either shield you from suffering or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.Be at peace, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.

Prayer of St. Patrick (of Ireland, 5th Century)

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ’s birth and His baptism,
Through the strength of His crucifixion and His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection and His ascension,
Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of cherubim,
In obedience of angels,
In service of archangels,
In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In the prayers of patriarchs,
In preachings of the apostles,
In faiths of confessors,
In innocence of virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

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Run Off to Meet Jesus

Run off to meet Jesus. Tell him the problem.

Ask him why he didn’t come sooner, why he allowed that

awful thing to happen.

And then be prepared for a surprise….

Jesus will meet your problem

with some new part of God’s future that can and will burst

into your present time, into the mess and grief,

with new possibilities.

– N.T. Wright, Simply Christian