Christ’s words are always words to be done

JESUS’ WORDS are for doing, for incarnating in ourselves. Just as Jesus himself is called The Word, because God’s innermost Expression of himself is not only a passing thought but a Person, so too the words to us of this same Person by their very nature and dynamism want to become incarnated in us, in our souls, hearts, and lives. A Christian’s life is intended to be the concrete manifestation of the Word in the world. Our lives ought to “proceed” from us into the world made strong and fertile by the advent of the Word within us. A Christian life is meant to be a visible witness of trinitarian fecundity of the Trinity’s interior life of charity –  Erasmo Leiva

Review: The Way of Kings

The Way of Kings
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It took me four tries to read this book, each previous attempt has ended maybe 50 pages in, eveyone said it’s a great book, I just could not push myself to read it. I am not a fantasy fan. I am especially not a great fan of high fantasy. The idea of learning tons of strange to pronouce names and new magic systems was just too much for me.
On the fourth try I told myself that I have to read at least 20% of the book before I quit it for the final time. Well it worked. I now finished this monster of a book (over 1000 pages!!!) and I can’t wait for more.
I loved this book, and now consider Brandon Sanderson to be one of my favourite authors. I love every character he creates, and the world they live in is fantastic. There is so much to discover here, so much mystery and strange ideas. I think I’m becoming a fan of this genre.


Review: Predestination: The Meaning of Predestination in Scripture and the Church

Predestination: The Meaning of Predestination in Scripture and the Church
Predestination: The Meaning of Predestination in Scripture and the Church by Rev. Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A difficult book. I may have to read it again few times to get more out of it. This is by far the best treatment on predestination I have ever read. It states clearly the different schools of thought within Catholicism. It also shows the errors of various heresies.

Few quotes from the book:

We shall return to this point. But in any case, from this minimum admitted by all we get three propositions to which all Catholic theologians subscribe. They are: (1) Predestination to the first grace is not because God foresaw our naturally good works, nor is the beginning of salutary acts due to natural causes; (2) predestination to glory is not because God foresaw we would continue in the performance of supernaturally meritorious acts apart from the special gift of final perseverance; (3) complete predestination, in so far as it comprises the whole series of graces from the first up to glorification, is gratuitous or previous to foreseen merits. These three propositions are admitted by all Catholic theologians. But Thomists and Augustinians on the one hand, and Molinists and congruists on the other, differ in their interpretation of them.

We see that the teaching of the Church against these conflicting heresies may be summed up in these profound words of St. Prosper, which the Council of Quierzy makes its own. Against Pelagianism and Semipelagianism the council says: “That some are saved, is the gift of Him who saves.” Against predestinarianism it says: “That some perish, is the fault of those who perish.” Holy Scripture expressed the same thought in these words: “Destruction is thy own, O Israel; thy help is only in Me.”

“Predestination is a part of providence. Now providence, as also prudence, is the plan existing in the intellect directing the ordering of some things towards an end. But nothing is directed towards an end unless the will for that end already exists. Whence the predestination of some to eternal salvation presupposes, in the order of reason, that God wills their salvation; and to this belong both election and love.”

The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh.

The Twenty-fifth Day of December,
when ages beyond number had run their course from the creation of the world, when God in the beginning created heaven and earth, and formed man in his own likeness; when century upon century had passed since the Almighty set his bow in the clouds after the Great Flood, as a sign of covenant and peace; in the twenty-first century since Abraham, our father in faith, came out of Ur of the Chaldees; in the thirteenth century since the People of Israel were led by Moses in the Exodus from Egypt; around the thousandth year since David was anointed King; in the sixty-fifth week of the prophecy of Daniel; in the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad; in the year seven hundred and fifty-two since the foundation of the City of Rome; in the forty-second year of the reign of Caesar Octavian Augustus, the whole world being at peace,

Jesus, eternal God and Son of the eternal Father, desiring to consecrate the world by his most loving presence, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and when nine months had passed since his conception, was born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem of Judah, and was made man:
The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh.

Review: On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family, and the Church in the Twenty-First Century

On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family, and the Church in the Twenty-First Century
On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family, and the Church in the Twenty-First Century by Jorge Mario Bergoglio
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The title should be different.

This book is a series of conversations between Jorge Mario Bergoglio (now our new Pope Francis) and Rabbi Abraham Skorka. They talk about a wide array of topics giving both Jewish and Christian answers respectively.

I really liked the style of this book. The respectful conversation between these two men really impressed me.

It offers a great insight into the mind of our new Pope. This is maybe the best look at what he thinks about issues that I have found to date.

I was also very impressed with Rabbi Skorka. He is a very intelligent man and I’ve learned a lot about Jewish views on many issues.

I highly recommend this book for both Christians and Jews alike! We have a lot to learn from each other.