A couple of odds and ends for you this week. The first is a bit out of season, now. That's my fault, not Marion's.
I have been reading Lent meditations from Loyola Press this season. Here is one from The Sign of the Cross by Bert Ghezzi.
When we make the sign of the cross we invite the Lord to join us in our suffering. We touch our forehead and move down to our breast, telling the Lord with this gesture that we want him to bend down to us. Then we cross our shoulders in a movement that asks him to support us-to shoulder us-in our suffering. In many psalms, David sings of taking refuge beneath the Lord's wings, which the Church Fathers understood as a prophecy of our finding safety in the shadow of his crucified arms (see Psalms 17:8; 36:7; 57:1; 61:4; 63:7). The Lord's outstretched arms pledge that he understands our suffering and shares it with us.
Have a fruitful Holy Week and Happy Easter!
Marion Johnson [Thanks, Marion.]
Related to Marion's nugget and "The Lord's outstretched arms", how many of you have seen Clint Eastwood's movie Gran Torino? Did the final scene stay with you?
Also, about a month ago I mentioned a video of Peter Kreeft talking about "The 10 Books Nobody Should Be Allowed to Die Without Reading", and my resolution to re-read Kreeft's book editing and explaining Pascal's Pensées, Christianity for Modern Pagans. I'm nearly finished with the book, and have been highlighting lots of nuggets. Here are a couple of very short ones to give you the flavor:
Not one of the three greatest teachers and most influential men in history -- Jesus, Socrates, or Buddha -- ever wrote a word, except in sand
Men despise religion. They hate it and are afraid it may be true.
Christianity is not a hypothesis, it is a proposal of marriage.