“The people who look like they have everything they want are actually the people who are most clear on what they are willing to give up.” ~Penelope Trunk Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but… Read more »
“It costs God nothing, so far as we know, to create nice things; but to convert rebellious wills costs Him crucifixion.” —C.S. Lewis
“As recently as 1945, most deaths occurred in the home. By the 1980s, just 17 percent did. Lacking a coherent view of how people might live successfully all the way to the very end, we have allowed our fates to be controlled by medicine, technology, and strangers.” ~seen on the internet Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord… Read more »
There is a (likely apocryphal) story that tells the tale of an encounter between famous novelist Ernest Hemingway and famous photographer Ansel Adams. In the story, Hemingway is purported to have praised Adams’ photographs, saying, “You take the most amazing pictures. What kind of camera do you use?” Adams frowned and then replied, “You write the most amazing stories. What… Read more »
United with her Lord, and reunited with Mom, September 19, 2014.
Miserable can be quite good. Some of C. S. Lewis’s best work was written out of misery. Miserable people can give deeply illuminating advice, too. I harp on this because the focus on happy is precisely where they go wrong. Their vague conception is that marriage is like a continuous dose of IV cocaine — you’re just happier all the… Read more »
As the historian Gertrude Himmelfarb observed more than a decade ago, “What was once stigmatized as deviant behavior is now tolerated and even sanctioned; what was once regarded as abnormal has been normalized.” But even more importantly, she added, “As deviancy is normalized, so what was once normal becomes deviant. The kind of family that has been regarded for centuries… Read more »