Well, I finally accomplished a long awaited goal. Shrugging off the bonds of laziness and frivolous spending of invaluable time doing “other” trivial mundane activities, I made a concerted effort to finish reading Sailing Between the Stars by Steven James. I had bought this book way back, probably over 2 years ago and never read it in its entirety. Tonight, I closed the book…not for the last time though. Throughout this book, I’ve found a great delight in his wording of common misconceptions and his spin on the paradoxes of faith. The book is thoroughly devoted to the subject of paradox. What is a paradox? Dictionary.com brings the definition to us.
- a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
- a self-contradictory and false proposition.
- any person, thing, or situation exhibiting an apparently contradictory nature.
- an opinion or statement contrary to commonly accepted opinion
And yet, not all of his writing are of the paradoxical kind. He scatters truth throughout his book. Not truth of the “stuffy pew” kind; rather, a refreshing take on modern truth. This truth is not of the post-modernistic genre. Its truth, the kind that hurts. I’m posting both types of quotes below.
“At Sunday worship, as in every dimension of our existence, many of us pretend to believe we are sinners. Consequently, all we can do is pretend to believe we have been forgiven.” This comes indirectly from Brennan Manning’s book, The Ragamuffin Gospel.
“Tragedy is a given in this sin-stained world. Pain is the default setting for this planet…Most of my frustrations com from my unrealistic expectations about life on this planet.”
“Only one human being has ever acted the way all humans were intended to act. And we put him to death for it“
“Justice and mercy are the cornerstones of the galaxy. Heaven is proof of hell. Hell is proof of heaven. Jesus is proof of both….’Following the wrong god home we may miss our star W. Stafford’“
St. Francis of Assisi: “Is it not a form of stealing to keep something for yourself when you meet someone who needs it more?”
Well, so much for now. SJ also has some good thoughts on Easter that may or may not find their way to this blog in the near future. Though for now, my mind bids this post farewell.