Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Stuff to read later

Tom Shippey has a review of the new Tolkien book (alas incomplete) on King Arthur.

I'll read it when a used copy of it hits the used book kiosk at the mall...(which is how I managed to get three of the "history of middle earth" series that I didn't bring with me).
The bad news is that, with ebooks and the demise of the cheap "MBAG" for printed matter, that this source of used books is slowly drying up.

Do we follow rules or do we follow our conscience?

The conscience, of course. The problem is that too often this is portrayed as a "get out of jail free" card to do what we want.
Be careful, however: this does not mean we ought to follow our ego, do whatever interests us, whatever suits us, whatever pleases us. That is not conscience. Conscience is the interior space in which we can listen to and hear the truth, the good, the voice of God. It is the inner place of our relationship with Him, who speaks to our heart and helps us to discern, to understand the path we ought to take, and once the decision is made, to move forward, to remain faithful.

The old Don Camillo books always had the good priest talking to Christ on the cross, and often Christ would correct him...the author says that this is the voice of his conscience...

pdf here.

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