Saturday, March 10, 2007

Picked up a secondhand book by Randolph Stow today and quite by accident discovered my first Australian Penguin. The logo is simple yet quite stunning.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Newman and Sainthood

As some of you will probably know, there is a campaign to make Cardinal Newman a Saint. Here is the web page:

Venerable John Henry Newman Association

Here is a quote from Newman that I found in the preface to a book by F. W. Farrar:

"I have made many mistakes. I have nothing of that high perfection which belongs to the writings of the saints, namely, that error cannot be found in them. But what I trust I may claim throughout all I have written is this - an honest intention; an absence of personal ends; a temper of obedience; a willingness to be corrected; a dread of error; a desire to serve the Holy Church; and through the Divine mercy a fair measure of success."

A very worthy statement - if only more people could say it.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Political Function of Religion

It has been a while since I have been able to post anything - apologies. I have been very busy but at the moment the writings of Leonardo Boff have interested me. With the upcoming elections, he says this about politics and it seems to apply specifically to Belfast where politics has exploited religion for so long:

"Politics operates on the old adage, 'If you want peace, prepare for war.' It is dominated by a self-interested and reductionist realism in the sense that it is organised around the interests of the most powerful rather than of all peoples and all human beings."
For so many years politicians have exploited a distorted view of religion that is followed by people who have no idea what real religion is. As a result religion all over the world suffers because of this so-called 'religious war'. Politics here is a disgrace let us hope that in a new future we can real politics.