|—||Ronald Knox when asked to perform a baptism in the vernacular. (via exsules-filii-evae)|
I couldn’t possibly comment.
Zenith, by Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell, 2000ad prog 806, anticipating John Smith's death two years later, twenty years ago today.
Given the militant atheism promoted by the regime and the ideological climate inside the university, it was essential to engage students intellectually.
Wojtyla, who had begun visiting student dormitories and boardinghouses as soon as he arrived at St. Florian’s, making contacts and drumming up trade, started a series of Thursday evening conferences on two basic issues: the existence of God and the spiritual character of the human person. These conferences involved a systematic, step-by-step exploration of Christian doctrine.
The point was not the rote memorization of catechism answers as ripostes to communist propaganda; it was to demonstrate that the Church, in the Gospel, had a more compelling answer to the perennial questions of human life than the purveyors of the official state ideology. Christian humanism, in other words, was quietly but unmistakably counterposed to Marxism.
|—||George Weigel, Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II, 95.|
|—||George Weigel, Witness to Hope: The Biography of John Paul II, 85.|
|—||George Weigel, Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II, 8.|
When Darius came into the desolate country, he halted in his pursuit and camped on the Oarus river, where he built eight great forts, the ruins of which were standing even in my lifetime, all at an equal distance of about seven miles from one another. While he was occupied with these, the Scythians whom he was pursuing doubled north and turned back into Scythia. Then, when they had altogether vanished and were no longer within the Persians’ sight, Darius left those forts only half finished, and he too doubled about and marched west, thinking that those Scythians were the whole army, and that they were fleeing toward the west.
But when he came by forced marches into Scythia, he met the two divisions of the Scythians, and pursued them, who always kept a day’s march away from him; and because Darius would not stop pursuing them, the Scythians, according to the plan they had made, fell back before him to the countries of those who had refused their alliance, to the land of the Black-cloaks first.
The Scythians and Persians burst into their land, agitating them; and from there, the Scythians led the Persians into the country of the Man-eaters, agitating them too; from there, they drew off into the country of the Neuri and, agitating them also, fled to the Agathyrsi. But the Agathyrsi, seeing their neighbors fleeing panic-stricken at the Scythians’ approach, before the Scythians could break into their land sent a herald to forbid them to set foot across their borders, warning the Scythians that if they tried to break through they would have to fight with the Agathyrsi first.
With this warning, the Agathyrsi mustered on their borders, intending to stop the invaders. When the Persians and the Scythians broke into their lands, the Blackcloaks and Man-eaters and Neuri put up no resistance, but forgot their threats and fled panic-stricken north into the desolate country. But warned off by the Agathyrsi, the Scythians made no second attempt on that country, but led the Persians from the lands of the Neuri into Scythia.
As this went on for a long time and did not stop, Darius sent a horseman to Idanthyrsus the Scythian king, with this message:
“You crazy man, why do you always run, when you can do otherwise? If you believe yourself strong enough to withstand my power, stand and fight and stop running; but if you know you are the weaker, then stop running like this and come to terms with your master, bringing gifts of earth and water.”
|—||Herodotus, The Histories, 4.124-126, trans. A.D. Godley.|