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22 August 2006

One thing too great

"There was one thing that was too great for God to show us when He walked upon our earth; and I have sometimes faniced that it was His mirth."

"The world has to be crossed. But there are no roads made for you. You yourselves will make the way through the mountains, beating it out with your own footsteps." (The Way, 928)

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01 August 2006

Literature: The Pen is Mightier than the Sword

Summer's here and the general feeling of light-heartedness pervades the air... so much so that many a child out there is painstakingly choosing from their (sometimes mandatory) summer reading list. Ah, well, youth and the leisure to read, right? To the contrary, what began in youth by choice can be perfected into habit...

"Reading maketh a full man,
Conference a ready man,
Writing an exact man."
(Francis Bacon)

Here's to the classic works of literature that never seem to fade away....

For starters...

  • Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
  • The Everlasting Man, G.K. Chesterton
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  • Literary Converts, Joseph Pearce
  • Lord Peter: Collection of short stories, Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Jeeves in the Morning, P.G. Wodehouse
  • The Weight of Glory: Essays, C.S. Lewis
  • Till We Have Faces, C.S. Lewis
  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy, J.R.R. Tolkein
  • Daniel Deronda, George Eliot
  • Is Paris Burning?, Larry Collins & Dominique LaPierre
  • A Severe Mercy, Sheldon Vanauken
  • The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis
  • The Last Lion: Winston S. Churchill (3 volumes), William Manchester
  • A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Murder in the Cathedral, T.S. Eliot
  • Once and a Future King, T.H. White
  • Emma and Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen (of course!!)
  • Strong Poison; Have His Carcass; Gaudy Night (3 books), Dorothy Sayers
  • Without Roots, Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) and Marcelo Pera
  • .........

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