Our 96th Parish Renewal Experience was held on the 24th and 25th of September. More from our PREX at the Mystical Geek
Jeff Mirus from Catholic Culture presents two interesting articles: one is the speech of Pope Benedict XVI to the German Parliament, and the other is a commentary on Fr. Herman Geissler’s understanding of Cardinal Newman’s concept of Conscience.
I would sub-title it “living life Stoically”. And it is inspired by Stoicism, that philosophy of contentedness meant for those who would like to get much out of this life without trying too hard, like the Epicureans.
“Desiderata” was written in 1927 by Max Ehrmann (1872-1945). In 1956, the rector of St. Paul’s Church in Baltimore, Maryland, used the poem in a collection of mimeographed inspirational material for his congregation. Someone who subsequently printed it asserted that it was found in Old St. Paul’s Church, dated 1692. The year 1692 was the founding date of the church and has nothing to do with the poem.
Confused History of Desiderata
In ancient times, defective children were either killed or abandoned and left to die. With present advances in technology, one can detect “defective” infants even while yet in the womb of the mother and prevent their birth. “Defective” can refer to the unborn having “Down’s syndrome” or in some cultures, a female child.
(T)he world is full of these unfulfilled ideas, these uncompleted temples. History does not consist of completed and crumbling ruins; rather it consists of half-built villas abandoned by a bankrupt-builder. This world is more like an unfinished suburb than a deserted cemetery.
G. K. Chesterton, “What’s Wrong with the World?” (a collection of essays)