Saturday, July 14, 2018

"an information that goes beyond the [entropic] disinformation from which death results"

La Croix
"The world's oldest sepulchres, a hundred thousand years from us [in time], already give voice to th[is hope] in a symbolic language of flowers, provisions, and jewels.  By honoring its dead, by closing their tombs, humanity keeps its eyes open for [(garde les yeux ouverts sur)] an information that goes beyond the [entropic] disinformation from which death results."

     Gustave Martelet, S.J., "Information du monde et résurrection du Christ," in Penser la foi:  recherches en théologie aujourd'hui:  mélanges offerts à Joseph Moingt, ed. Joseph Doré and Christoph Theobald (Paris:  Éditions du Cerf/Assas Éditions, 1993), 1055-1056 (1053-1061).



Then, as my gift, and thine own acquisition
Worthily purchased, take my daughter.  But
If thou dost break her virgin-knot before
All sanctimonious ceremonies may
With full and holy rite be ministered,
No sweet aspersion shall the heavens let fall
To make this contract grow; but barren hate,
Sour-eyed disdain and discord shall bestrew
The union of your bed with weeds so loathly
That you shall hate it both.  Therefore take heed,
As Hymen's lamps shall light you.

As I hope
For quiet days, fair issue, and long life,
With such love as 'tis now, the murkiest den,
The most opportune place, the strong'st suggestion
Our worser genius can, shall never melt
Mine honour into lust, to take away
The edge of that day's celebration,
When I shall think or Phoebus' steeds are foundered,
Or night kept chained below.

     William Shakespeare, The tempest 4.1.13-31.

Prospero on Caliban

A devil, a born devil, on whose nature
Nuture can never stick; on whom my pains
Humanely taken, all, all lost, quite lost; . . .

     Shakespeare, The tempest 4.1.188-190.  Cf., however, Prospero's "pardon" and Caliban's "trim", at 5.1.288-294.

Friday, July 13, 2018

The divine wisdom is "the art . . . of bringing the divine love to its complete realization."

". . . so nennen wir mit Recht neben der göttlichen Liebe die Weisheit als die Kunst gleichsam die göttliche Liebe vollkommen zu realisiren."

     F. D. E. Schleiermacher, Der christliche Glaube () par. 165.1.  I was put onto this by Janet Martin Soskice, "Being and love:  Schleiermacher, Aquinas and Augustine," Modern theology 34, no. 3 (July 2018):  490 (480-491).

Tuesday, July 10, 2018