Tumbling in Albany, NY, USA
‘You p-p-persist in your error, my son,’ Father Joe tells him. ‘Contemptus does not mean “contempt”. It means “detachment”.’ Piers Paul Read, review of Tony Hendra, Father Joe.
The saints themselves do not perform miracles: this is done by God at their request. Piers Paul Read, Do Miracles Happen?
Reading is a means of thinking with another person’s mind; it forces you to stretch your own…For learning purposes there is no substitute for one human mind meeting another on the page of a well-written book. Charles Scribner, Jr., quoted in Charles Scribner III, F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Personal Perspective
Pagan temples, reflecting ancient worship, proclaimed their sacredness externally: the exteriors, facing the public, were sheathed in marble columns and adorned with relief sculpture brightly painted. The Christian basilicas, by contrast, were designed to house congregations that assembled inside to worship their God in a participatory fashion. Hence the rows of magnificent marble columns were moved inside to reinforce the ceremonial procession from entrance to altar, while the wall surfaces were dematerialized by glowing mosaics and frescoes and punctuated by windows to illuminate this New Jerusalem, a symbolic heaven on earth. Charles Scribner III, Catholic Themes in Art and Music.
Sometimes you have to have a lot of life behind you in order to be simple. If I give you very simple answers it is not because I have only lived five minutes, you know. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, quoted in Charles Scribner III, A Pilgrimage to Schruns: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf at Ninety