'The world today is tearing up the photographs of a good society, a good family, a happy, individual personal life. But the Church is keeping the negatives. And when the moment comes when the world wants a reprint, we will have them.'
'Does one of us feel sad? Let the Name of Jesus come into his heart... and where is the man who, terrified and trembling before impending peril, has not been suddenly filled with courage and rid of fear by calling on the strength of that Name? Where is the man who, tossed on the rolling seas of doubt, did not quickly find certitude by recourse to the clarity of Jesus' Name? Was ever a man so discouraged, so beaten down by afflictions, to whom the sound of this Name did not bring new resolve? In short, for all the ills and disorders to which flesh is heir, this Name is medicine.'
Once upon a time, I was a child who loved fairy tales. I loved seeing goodness and truth triumph over evil villains. Happily ever after, that was the expected end. And so
it was. And so it always was.
Snow White was a favorite. Oh, such a
story! The wicked queen enticed Snow White with an apple. In her guise of a pitiable old lady, the wicked one
held forth the fruit, and she lied. What harm, after all,
was a lie? It was nothing in the mouth of one who had a jealous,
One bite of the apple was all it took; just one little bite. Snow White
fell lifeless, and was laid to rest by her mourning friends.
Enter the prince. One
kiss from him and lo, she awoke. She was kissed awake by love.
Many years after being a child reading fairy stories, I'm of the opinion
that these are more than simply tales. More, even, than
'this-world-centered morality tales.' After all, where do we find Ever
After in this world? We can find commitment, and
self-sacrifice, and heroism, and lasting marriage. But even sacramental
marriage vows end with 'till death do us part.' No matter how much a
man loves his wife, once she has passed from this life, he cannot kiss
Enter the Savior. Not because someone dreamed Him up in order to make
of this life a fairy tale; I'm convinced the truth is just the
opposite. Writers of fairy tales and legends knew/know in their hearts
that this was how the real story is meant to be.
'The Lord God ... instructed him,
saying: 'From every tree of Paradise, you shall eat. But from the tree
of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall
not eat. For in whatever day you will eat from it, you will die.'
'The serpent said to the woman: By
no means will you die. For God knows that, on whatever day you will eat
from it, your
eyes will be opened; and you will be like gods.... ' (Genesis)
'For God so loved the world that He
gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but
shall have eternal life.' (John 3:16) 'Let Him kiss me with the kisses of His mouth...' (Song of Songs 1:2)
'Eye has not seen, ear has not heard,
nor has it so much as dawned on man what God has prepared for those who
love Him.' (1 Corinthians 2:9)
'I saw new heavens and a new earth...
I also saw a new Jerusalem, the holy city, coming down out of heaven
from God, beautiful as a bride prepared to meet her husband.... He shall
dwell with them and they shall be His people and He shall be their God
who is always with them. He shall wipe every tear from their eyes, and
there shall be no more death or mourning, crying out or pain...'
And so it is. And so it always is.
And we shall live happily ever after.
(This is an edited repost from It's Only Write, 2014)
'Christian abnegation is not composed completely of renunciation; it leads to something tangible and definite. We abandon what is false to cling to what is true. We empty our hearts of earthly things to make room for eternal. We lose our selves to gain Christ.'
'You complain because the same trials are constantly returning. But look here, what have you to fear? Are you afraid of the Divine Craftsman Who wants to perfect His masterpiece in this way? Would you like to come from the hands of such a magnificent Artist as a mere sketch and no more?'
'Let us place our confidence in God and set ourselves in complete dependence upon His Providence. Then we need not worry about what others say of us or do to us, for it will all turn out to our advantage.'
Confession: I have been writing (true) stories that are not on this blog.
A few weeks ago, I pointed those kind persons who'd asked "where have all the stories gone?" toward a new page right here on the Breadbox Letters. But in case anyone is interested in more current scribbles, you can check out my blog It's Only Write.
Well. I say "more current." But the truth is, some of these are about events that happened years ago. Like a little old gently maturing lady penning her memoirs, I'm looking over events, old and new, and setting some down on paper. Or at least on screen.
'Try to remember that nothing is too small to offer to Him - that is, the tiniest act of self-conquest is of immense value in his eyes, and even lifting one's eyes as an act of love brings great grace.' (Father William Doyle)