Several readers have sent me this quote from St. Basil the Great (330-379), who was Bishop of Caesarea Mazaca:
Compare and contrast. St. Basil was a holy man and a true father. These other guys?
(Via Rod Dreher)
So far as I know, this approach never made it into Canon Law. Damned shame.
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Learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience. Because if you cannot exercise this kind of choice in adult life, you will be totally hosed.
(David Foster Wallace via Jason Segedy, Why I’m Leaving Twitter Behind.)
By modernity, I mean the project to create social orders that would make it possible for each person living in such orders “to have no story except the story they choose when they have no story.”
Stanley Hauerwas, Wilderness Wanderings