I am really enjoying Dostoyevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov", though it is slow going. The quality of the writing only adds to its density, while, at the same time it can be very conversational and light-hearted. The mix of voices is genius and I imagine it will only get better. Here's two of my favorite quotes so far, the first, humorous, the second, thought-provoking: "Being at a loss to resolve these questions, I am resolved to leave them without any resolution
," and, "A true realist, if he is not a believer, will always find in himself the strength and ability not to believe in miracles as well, and if a miracle stands before him as an irrefutable fact, he will sooner doubt his own senses than admit the fact. And even if he does admit it, he will admit it as a fact of nature that was previously unknown to him. In the realist, faith is not born from miracles, but miracles from faith. Once the realist comes to believe, then, precisely because of his realism, he must allow for miracles.
In reading the latest issue of Men's Health tonight, I came across a disturbing report: Dutch scientists have completed a study on the liturgical use of incense. They found that in an Amsterdam Basilica, where incense is used regularly, the air contained 20% more carcinogenic particles than over a busy highway. Well, Amsterdam, I think you've perhaps got more pressing sources for public health concern than incense in church!
Mouthy, MacDaddy, and Black-Eye are either going to make me a stronger person or drive me up the wall. Maybe both. In any event, they're fun conversation partners.
Two days until the Triduum...gentlemen (and women), start your engines.