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On Reading Hard Books

Posted by Remy on July 25, 2009

A true literary work is one that makes us see the world or ourselves in a new way. Most writers accomplish this through an imaginative and original use of language, which is why literature has been defined as writing that needs to be read (at least) twice. Great books tend to feel strange. They leave us uncomfortable. They make us turn their pages slowly. We are left shaken and stirred.

But who now is willing to put in the time or effort to read a real book? Most people expect printed matter to be easy. Too often, we expect the pages to aspire to the condition of television, and to just wash over us. But those who really care about literature nearly always sit down with a pencil in their hands, to underline, mark favorite passages, argue in the margins. The relationship between a book and reader may occasionally be likened to a love affair, but it’s just as often a wrestling match.

Michael Dirda

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You Must Read Poetry

Posted by Remy on July 13, 2009

We don’t dare to do paintings of you as we want to:
you are the early dawn, from whom the whole morning rose.
We haul out of the ancient color boxes
the same strokes and the same brilliant light
with which the Great Saint kept you secret.

We construct paintings all around you like walls,
so that thousands of walls are standing around you now.
Our pious hands lay a cover over you
whenever we feel that you are open toward us.

Rainer Maria Rilke
Number 3 from A Book for the Hours of Prayer
translated by Robert Bly

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Women in the Church : Points for Discussion

Posted by Remy on July 4, 2009

  1. Women do not get to lead the liturgical worship (liturgical worship in this case meaning: a covenant renewal service climaxing at the table).
  2. Only elders may lead the liturgical worship and only men can be elders. But that doesn’t mean “men” get to lead lead worship. Male genitals do not qualify you to lead the worship.
  3. Anything laymen do in the worship service, women may also do.
  4. The deaconate is not a liturgical role. Anything deacons do deaconesses can also do.

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