Dr. Jerry Pournelle died in his sleep Friday, September 8th. Heavens, I’ll miss him.
“Men, a species that includes bishops, are left with a certain radical freedom, which constant intervention by the Deity would cancel. We have been already provided with what we need to know in the Deposit of Faith. There is nothing that Christ absent-mindedly forgot to tell us. Our task is not to supply what he overlooked or failed to anticipate, or to “update” the teaching for a human condition which does not, itself, change. Nor is it to murkily redefine terms long since clarified. Neither popes nor bishops are above that Revelation.” — David Warren
“Do not accept anything as the truth if it lacks love. And do not accept anything as love if it lacks the truth.” — St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
“People ask me what advice I have for a married couple struggling in their relationship. I always answer, “Pray and forgive”; and to young people who come from violent homes, “Pray and forgive”; and to the single mother with no family support, “Pray and forgive.” You can say, “My Lord, I love You. My God, I am sorry. My God, I believe in You. My God, I trust You. Help us to love one an other as You love us.” — Mother Teresa, A Simple Path
“When I am dead, I hope it is said,
‘His sins were scarlet, but his books were read’.” ─ Hilaire Belloc
Hilaire Belloc died July 16, 1953. He was 11 days short of his 83rd birthday.
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“Instead of asking themselves why they lost people’s trust, the media instead asked why the people had lost trust in them. A subtle, but important difference.” — Milo Yiannopoulos
“Political ideals will vary according to men’s views on human destiny. Those who are persuaded that the purpose of life is pleasure, or power, or honour, will reckon that State best arranged in which they can live comfortably, or acquire great wealth, or achieve great power and lord it over many. Others who think that the crowning good of virtue is the purpose of our present life will want an arrangement under which men can live virtuously and peaceably together. In short, political judgment will be settled by the sort of life a man expects and proposes to lead by living in a community.” — St. Thomas Aquinas: Commentary on Aristotle’s ‘Politics,’ Book II, lect. 1.
“You can spend your own money on yourself in which case quality and price are paramount. You can spend your money on others in which case price is paramount and quality less so. You can spend others’ money on you in which case you will have a fine lunch. Or you can spend other peoples money on other people in which case you have government.” — Milton Friedman
“There was a confused liberal notion that toleration was in some way a virtue in itself.” — Hilaire Belloc, Essays of a Catholic
“We make men without chests and expect from them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.” — C. S. Lewis