31 Jan 2005

The future is here. Try not to miss it.

posted by John H. Doe @ 12:03 am

I am a child of the future. That is how I feel, at least sometimes: I look and see how the technology moves me, and I move the technology, how far flung the advances that have occurred even just in my lifetime have been. Interesting how, though, everyone’s yesteryear vision of the future was how outreaching that technology was going to be, and yet, how different, how inward it all went, how compactified the future turned out. No cities in space, but instead, the internet, by which you can sit anywhere and the whole world can appear on a screen. Just a little observation, this all is. Having missed the sixties, I would have to say that this is my high and beautiful wave, and I know that it is not always so high, and not always so beautiful, but it never was in the past, either. But something to ride: it’s a trip, man. Far out. Groovy and a half.

posted by John H. Doe @ 12:02 am

29 Jan 2005

Bosch: Garden of Earthly Delights

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posted by John H. Doe @ 12:37 am

28 Jan 2005

Lord, let this fire in me not die until I forge something from its heat. Nor let it consume me, so that I have nothing left when it burns out. This fire — I know not from where it came, for I was sleeping before its flames caught hold; I remember not the days when I was not within its steady burn (before it is like a memory of another life, another world, irreal in quality and less substantial than a passing dream). This fire: may it be directed toward the good: I know my finite means of discernment cannot see all ends, so I may only ask this of you, Lord, that none are scorched along its path. And blessed Savior, may this fire not lift me to any false height, that I may think somehow I am more graced than the next human being — for there are some who have held the darkness at bay with the most meager of candles, while I, instead, have wasted much light. Let it be that I not have wasted it all; and let me not have burned in vain. Amen.

posted by John H. Doe @ 12:03 am

27 Jan 2005

Hate is not the opposite of love — love has no opposite. Love, if anything, is the opposite of every bad thing there is.

posted by John H. Doe @ 12:02 am

Threshold

I have stood as if at the threshold of an arbitrary infinity,
with accelerated eyes, gazing instantaneously
at the epiphenomena of the Physics.
Dreams do not rush so, hopes are never this fast:
I race headlong against Death, and I know I shall lose in the end,
but let’s see, now, how far I may cheat him —
for he exacts the same fare of everyone, however much
or little you have paid in your living. Life, I think,
is hurried along in mostly needless fashion,
in mostly heedless fashion, in mostly
deedless fashion, much ado about the ado, and I wonder
as if I am the first one to ever wonder, and will be the last one,
then forget what I was wondering about….
Here I stand, just for this moment, deciding on eternity
by a toss of the coin — yet somehow, impossibly,
there is meaning in it all: this life is sweet
even when it is sour, and in all the racing we do
we accomplish things we are meant to. And I sleep
as if I were the first and the last ever to do so,
and then I wake, forgetting all the dreaming I have done.

posted by John H. Doe @ 12:01 am

25 Jan 2005

It is in the deepest dark of a countryside night where one can see best the blazing of the myriad stars. Such is a lesson of life: that one must brave the black of blindness to see most clearly what the heavens above us hold. For it can be said of our frail faiths — that seem about to break under a stiff wind — there have been such saints that have been able to summon the power of an archangel with less. It just slips our thoughts so easily that the Lord is everywhere, I think, even in the darkest of the unholy places in this world. Do not forget that you are a child of God, and you do not go unarmed into the valley of the shadow of death. The will of God follows, and you, my friend, should fear no evil therefore….

posted by John H. Doe @ 12:08 am

24 Jan 2005

Death is the one secret that is shared by everyone.

Faith is the mystery nearest to us: a breath that can move mountains.

He who understands is often himself misunderstood.

The sound of a thought sometimes makes the heart stop to listen.

He who knows nothing is one better than he who knows it all.

If life were fair, we’d complain about the monotony.

A broken heart, in love, is learning the first words of the vocabulary.

posted by John H. Doe @ 12:05 am

22 Jan 2005

You can always ask why.

posted by John H. Doe @ 12:18 am

Lord of all pots and pans and things, since I’ve no time to be
A saint by doing lovely things, or watching late with Thee,
Or dreaming in the dawn-light, or storming Heaven’s gates,
Make me a saint by getting meals and washing up the plates.

Although I must have Martha’s hands, I have a Mary mind,
And when I black the boots and shoes, Thy sandals, Lord, I find.
I think of how they trod the earth, what time I scrub the floor:
Accept this meditation, Lord, I haven’t time for more.

Warm all the kitchen with Thy love, and light it with Thy peace;
Forgive me all my worrying, and make my grumbling cease.
Thou who didst love to give men food, in room or by the sea,
Accept this service that I do — I do it unto Thee.

– Cecily Rosemary Hallack

posted by John H. Doe @ 12:05 am

I have had apocalyptic visions of chocolate,
awesome revelations about the coming of the cheese pastries.
The land of milk and honey ne’er tasted such sweet prophecy….

posted by John H. Doe @ 12:02 am

21 Jan 2005

Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen.

[1 John 4:20 NRSV]

It is not God, I think, whom they love who do this. And I know I am guilty of it, too: to love a concept of someone, something, not anything truly of essence like the reality. Now, I am a believer, and so I conceive that God is an actuality, even if such existence is beyond my ken. But often, He is a convenient vision in my eye, one who is always on my side, and who opposes whom I oppose. It is instead of relying on such apparitions that I must love my brother and sister, for it is here that God may oft be found — for Our Lord said that whosoever does kindness to the least of them does it to Him (see Matthew 25:40). I think it is nothing of love, that of whoever says, “I love God”, and loves none else — and I think it neither God of whom he speaks. All that remains, the “I”, is the tell of whom he truly intends when he speaks of the adoration: when he speaks in words that have no basis, that hide, instead of show, his heart.

posted by John H. Doe @ 12:07 am

20 Jan 2005

Here the wonders we have forged dissipate into the ether, like so much mist in the mountains. Yet somehow, we remember: the face that launched a thousand ships, the life and death of a Savior, chivalric armor and honor, the Mona Lisa, the Fifth Symphony: people, things, ideas that were all in their ways mortal, carried down the paths of time upon new backs every generation. There are dreams we still dream, experiences we yet share with the first man, the first woman…. Here the wind carries off the souls of the departed, yet memory persists past the deterioration of the flesh and of the written word. Miraculous is it all, to stand with our feet rooted in the ancient, eyes raised to the starlight of what is to come — let us climb our one hundred feet of history’s vine and hand off the baton, our portion of immortality. This mass organism called civilization, being born and dying as it moves on its way: may it not stray too far from its quest ever higher.

posted by John H. Doe @ 12:08 am

18 Jan 2005

Midnight Philosophy

Night comes, like a womb
jeweled in stars, from which
we will be born like
forms defined from the darkness.
(Anything goes, I think,
when one does not consider
that even the unlit streets
have eyes.) Strange,
in even the most unholy places
walk saints who fear
nothing but God, and I imagine
it is no bravery to believe in things
when everyone else does,
too, when it costs you nothing.
(O Lord, may I not be
too comfortable.) And dreams:
how much is one worth
plopping out, prepackaged,
from a vending machine?
I think I would rather bleed.
I think I would rather
be defeated than handed victory;
I think I would rather
die than waste life; I think
I would rather hope
for what is impossible than
gain the world and hope nothing.
(Now, wondering at what I
say….) Dawn comes soon,
and this midnight
philosophizing: shall it be
we do more in dreaming
than we do in waking?
Better that we should sleep.

posted by John H. Doe @ 12:07 am

17 Jan 2005

If you love, the whole world loves; if you hate, the whole world hates. For in this world, all you have is you.

posted by John H. Doe @ 12:16 am

What shall be recalled of all things that are, that have been, that are to be? It is one part in a thousand, three parts in a million that are ever brought to mind in times to come. What are they, these things, that we should recollect their happenings; why do we remember them? For there are great things that slip through the cracks of time, and some which are trivialities that stand for generations — what is this mystery, memory? It is not always fame that imprints an image into the collective mind. And obscurity cannot hide every single bit so that it all escapes attention…. I shall hope that at least some things are worthy of what is passed down to the learning of our children. But how much do I believe memory is a reflection of life, that it plays favorites unjustly, is as inscrutable as destiny — that all wisdom can do is to learn to accept as it comes.

posted by John H. Doe @ 12:05 am

15 Jan 2005

So many faces: I discovered the opposite of what has been called the faceless masses last night, as I walked through the bustling city. It is said that there is no problem in thinking God loves us, but that He loves everyone else, just as much — there’s the rub, something we might have trouble comprehending. These expressions of delight, boredom, hurry, tragedy, surprise, wonder, of love and hate, of approval and disdain: in each of the face after face after face, a depth of a life, however far one wished to fathom it: a dream in the corner of each eye, a heart that has once been broken. I wish I could at least say hello to each and every one of the entire crowd of humanity — if only there were time in this day, if only they would believe I were not trying to sell them something.

posted by John H. Doe @ 12:04 am

14 Jan 2005

As long as I see any thing to be done for God, life is worth having; but O how vain and unworthy it is to live for any lower end!

– David Brainerd

posted by John H. Doe @ 12:11 am

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