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Tolerance and intolerance

Fr Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange OP, from somewhere in his 2-volume “God, His existence and His nature: a Thomistic Solution of Certain Agnostic Antinomies”:

The Church is intolerant in principle because she believes; she is tolerant in practice because she loves. The enemies of the Church are tolerant in principle because they do not believe; they are intolerant in practice because they do not love.

Structured procrastination!

Finally, a coherent explanation of why I’ve always avoided doing the most important things on my todo list.  This is why I did well with 19 class hours in my first semester at college (Fall 1984) and watched MTV all day while taking 12 hours of classes in my second semester (Spring 1985): in the second semester, the few things I had to do were all The Most Important Things, and therefore to be avoided.  In my first semester I could always avoid working on The Most Important Things by futzing around with stuff from another class whose deadlines weren’t as urgent.

Fine, I’ll do it myself

My employer recently gave me a huge unexpected bonus upon my fifteenth anniversary of employment with them, so we bought a Nexus 7 tablet.  Since it arrived I’ve been terribly busy downloading books!  My current read is James Schall’s Another Sort of Learning [book, website], which is basically a guide to all the books you need.  And in downloading and perusing hundreds of ebooks, I’ve found the essential problem with them: they’re hard to navigate.  The Project Gutenberg Complete Shakespeare, for example, has no table of contents at all.  Some ebook apps will attempt to build a table of contents but the results aren’t much more useful than blind browsing.

So, I’m hatching a project: given a Project Gutenberg text, convert it into a fully-usable and easy-to-navigate ebook.

Lewis and Wright on neopaganism

Modern play-pagans would be horrified by the real thing:

Having read those, I see the need for a more serious and “physical” worship of God along the lines set out by Gabriel Bunge, OSB, in his Earthen Vessels: The Practice of Personal Prayer According to the Patristic Tradition.