Here is something interesting. His Holiness Pope Francis has written a letter to Archbp. Agostino Marchetto… again.
Marchetto has helped to break the monopoly of the “hermeneutic of discontinuity” types when it comes to the interpretation of Vatican II. the Bologna School mafia
This time, Francis wrote on the occasion of the release of Marchetto’s book on Pericle Felici who had been Secretary General of the Second Vatican Council. Here is the story about what Francis wrote to Marchetto… this time. HERE
However, let us not forget the first time Pope Francis wrote to Archbp. Marchetto. HERE
“I once told you, dear Archbishop Marchetto, and today I repeat it, that I consider you the best hermeneutical interpreter of the Second Vatican Council.”
At the time, this was a serious smack in the face of the discontinuity team.
At the blog of my friend The Motley Monk there is a follow up about a priest at Notre Dame University, Fr. Wilson Miscamble, CSC, who attempted to help Catholic students remain Catholic while at Notre Dame.
Fr. Miscamble was involved with a website which posted faculty profiles, etc., to help students find Catholic instructors.
Apparently Fr. Miscamble’s superiors shut him down.
According to a post by the Sycamore Trust–a UND alumni/ae group dedicated to making UND a place where young men and women can be inspired through teachers steeped in the riches of the Catholic intellectual tradition–Fr. Miscamble can longer be involved with NDCatholic.com:
Nevertheless, two days after the inauguration of the website Father sent us this message: “I regret that I can say only that I am required to end my involvement with the NDCatholic site and am not at liberty to say why.”
Reading further along in the post, here’s what transpired:
The day after the launch of NDCatholic.com, Father Miscamble advised the Chairman of Sycamore Trust, Bill Dempsey, that he had been directed to disassociate himself from the website.
Demsey emailed Miscamble the next day expressing his “surprise and deep disappointment” and concern that this would “reflect adversely on the university” in the absence of a persuasive explanation. Dempsey asked “What reason we should assign?”
Miscamble responded: “Dear Bill, I regret that I can say only that I am required to end my involvement with the NDCatholic site and am not at liberty to say why.
Well, it doesn’t take a neurosurgeon the likes of Dr. Ben Carson to figure out what transpired within the cone of silence:
UND administrators and CSC superiors determined that Fr. Miscamble was engendering dissension within the UND and CSC communities by agitating for a more demostrably Catholic UND.
His most recent effort, NDCatholic.com, was the “straw that finally broke the camel’s back.”
Why is it that when really weird things occur or bad ideas surface you can almost always find a Jesuit involved?
I received this note from the Cardinal Newman Society this morning.
So Fordham has approved the creation of “gender neutral” bathrooms in one of its buildings. The student activists who lobbied for were inspired by Fordham president Fr. McShane, who reportedly said to prospective students: “Fordham is a place where you may find that you are awoken to the world. You might be disturbed. I hope you are. I hope you end up a little disturbed.”
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I’ve been getting my cooking on these days it seems. I go through cycles between cooking up storms and, on the other hand, eating slapped together sandwiches or cans of soup directly out of the pan.
In any event, Sunday started early, before the roosters, before dawn, and cold at 10°F.
The sun shows its first sliver.
It was very cold and humid as well, so my car froze shut. It took me a good ten minutes just to get into it, which made my dash to church just a little faster than usual.
The rush was, however, rewarded. One of the altar boys gave me a picture that his little brother had drawn of him and… well..
These are among the best moments.
I had a Supper for the Promotion of Clericalism™ planned for the evening. Even though it was really the 24th and Last Sunday after Pentecost, in an ecumenical spirit – I’m nothing if not open and flexible… and merciful – I included the intention of celebrating Christ the King.
I don’t entertain as often as I would like, so I decided to pull out a couple of stops, and stoppers.
Inspired by my rooster meditation before dawn, the main event (after pre-prandial libations, with a dividend) Coq au vin, which I haven’t made for a while.
The recipe is in Julia Child’s indispensable Mastering the Art of French Cooking. HINT: Perhaps you could give boxed sets Christmas presents. [UK link HERE] Everyone should have at least the Volume 1. My set was, by the way, a gift from one of you readers. Thank you, again. They have given me a lot of good meals and great times with friends.
My copy is now annotated with my own tips and observations, rather like someone else’s copy of Advanced Potion Making in Rowling’s series. Also, the next recipe in the book, Poulet grillé à la diable, may be the next chicken concoction that I attempt. I am a bit limited in what I can work up by the simple fact that I have no oven. I have a large toaster oven which is serviceable for some things, but I can’t get the smaller of my Creuset French ovens into it. That restricts me to recipes I can prepare on a hot plate. Although, I did find a work around for the oven steps in the Boeuf Bourgignon recipe. But I digress…
I did the onions and mushrooms early in the afternoon. This is easy. I use the little frozen onions, thawed completely and then dried by running through them with paper towels. Braise them in butter and stock with thyme.
As I worked I plugged my older gen Kindle into speakers, switched on the text-to-speech, and listened through to the end of the second of Rowland’s Sano Ichiro murder mystery series set in 18th century Japan, during the time of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The first book is Shinju. [UK link HERE] Lots of twists and turns! You have to skip a couple pages here and there, however. One of the things that really brings these books alive for me was a visit to the Edo-Tokyo Museum and to the Zojo-ji Temple complex during my last trip to Tokyo. At the museum there were recreations of houses and streets from this precise era as well as the remnants of a famous bridge which is mentioned. The Temple complex is referenced in the books and it the site of the tombs of some of the Shoguns. Also, there are some fascinating insights into the lives of women in that culture. But I digress. Back to braising onions….
Meanwhile, mushroom prep. Always them off. You really don’t want to ingest what they grow in. Believe me. You just don’t. You don’t even want to know what they grow in. I have a couple 1″ paint brushes for cleaning mushrooms, coffee grinders, etc.
Some were sliced, some halved, some whole.
Lardons for the chicken. Side pork or thick bacon cut in pieces about 1/4″ x 1″.
Simmer them in water for a few minutes to get some of the fat out.
Brown in butter in the casserole or, in my case, french oven you’ll use for the chicken. Then extract them to a bowl leaving the butter and fat in the bottom for browning the chicken.
At the grocer I hunted up a large fryer. A whole fryer was over $14. However, right next to it, and from the same farm, were four quarters, thighs and legs, for $6. “Hmmm,” quoth I. Since this recipe really calls for an old rooster (thus the name – “Rooster in wine”) I opted for the cheaper dark meat (which I like better anyway).
Brown in the fat, and season.
Put the lardons back in.
Splash in some cognac, light it on fire, shake it around a bit as the alcohol burns off. I tried for a photo of that, but the flames weren’t highly visible with the lights on.
Add your garlic cloves, mashed and chopped, thyme, some tomato paste.
A bottle of wine… you can do with with a white wine if you wish, but the classic calls for red. In this case I used a Pinot Noir… which as everybody knows means “peanut of the night”*. Add stock, chicken, or brown, or even beef, to cover the chicken. And a bay leaf.
Raise the heat to get it moving and then simmer for about 30 minutes. After which time, extract your chicken to a side bowl and start reducing the cooking liquid.
As the liquid is reducing, prepare some beurre manié. This is a mixture of equal parts of flour and butter, mashed and worked together into a thick paste. You can do this with your hands or, as I did it here, with the back of a wooden spoon against the side of the bowl. You can make a lot of this stuff at once, form it into little balls and then freeze it. Use it in a pinch to thicken soups and sauces. Its a good alternative to making a roux.
Whisk it into your reduced liquid a bit at a time.
The sauce should coat and cling
Time to reassemble. Back in goes your chicken, with the mushrooms and the onions. Back it goes on the heat to warm up for the clerical arrival. You can make this way in advance.
I usually like to serve peas with this, but asparagus was on sale at an irresistible price. So, a whole bunch of asparagus, microwaved for 2.5 minutes and dressed with lemon juice.
Served with a sturdy Côte du Rhone and a baguette, this was the best Coq au vin I have ever made. As a matter of fact, it was the best I’ve ever had, either in these USA or in France. And I made it on a single hot plate with one frying pan and a large french oven. The total cooking and prep time was, added up, about 2 hours and I held it in suspense for about 2 hours.
For dessert, strong coffee and ginger cookies with a lemon creme, sort of like an Oreo but not, and Armagnac.
We had a lot of clerical talk, of course. Most of it revolved around the state of the Church and Pope Francis.
It is good to prepare a special meal on Sunday and share it with family and friends.
*For those of you in Columbia Heights, Pinot Noir does not mean “peanut of the night”. There is at present a funny TV commercial which uses that line.
This is the Last Sunday of the liturgical year. In the traditional Roman calendar, we use the texts from the 24th Sunday, which is always the Last Sunday of the liturgical year … even when it isn’t.
It is a little odd that the last Sunday of the year doesn’t have a special formulary. This is probably because Advent was once longer than it is now, and this time of the year dovetails with Advent. Thus the Church’s strong reflection on the Second Coming of the Lord all through this period.
We also call today “Stir Up” Sunday, because of the first words of the Collect. This is the day when families in England would stir up the ingredients for the Christmas Pudding, so that it could season a while against the day of its coming.
This is an ancient prayer, occurring in the Liber sacramentorum Augustodunensis a 9th century manuscript variation of the Gelasian Sacramentary. This prayer survived in the tender ministrations of Bugnini’s Consilium as the Collect for the 34th Week of Ordinary Time, in the Novus Ordo, used during the week after the Sunday celebration of the Solemnity of Christ the King. Thus, it stays in the same place in the liturgical year that it occupied before the changes.
Our rousing Lewis & Short Dictionary says excito means “to raise up, comfort; to arouse, awaken, excite, incite, stimulate, enliven”. Propensius is a comparative adverb of propendeo, which thus means “more willingly, readily, with inclination”. As we have seen many times before, pietas when attributed to God is less “piety, duty” than it is “mercy”. Exsequor is “to follow to the end, to pursue, follow; to execute, accomplish, fulfill”. Percipio is “to get, obtain, and receive”.
The two comparatives, propensius and maiora, set up a proportional relation between the grace-filled pursuit, on our part, and the extent of the effects of the remedy. The greater our earnestness, which is itself prompted by God’s work in us, the more will we receive His mercy.
Rouse up, we beseech You, O Lord, the wills of Your faithful, that they, pursuing more earnestly the fruit of the divine work, may obtain the more greatly the remedies of Your mercy.
A SMOOTHER TRANSLATION:
Stir up the will of your faithful, we pray, O Lord, that, seeking more eagerly the fruit of your divine work, they may find in greater measure the healing effects of your mercy.
OBSOLETE ICEL (1973):
increase our eagerness to do your will
and help us to know the saving power of your love.
Noooo… I didn’t make that up or get the wrong day.
NEW CORRECTED ICEL (2011):
Stir up the will of your faithful, we pray, O Lord, that, striving more eagerly to bring your divine work to fruitful completion, they may receive in greater measure the healing remedies your kindness bestows.
You can see from this the difference between a formal equivalence approach and a dynamic equivalence. Which do you prefer?
Keep in mind that this is for the last Sunday of the liturgical year.
This is a threshold for crossing into a new Advent.
Advent is more than a preparation for the coming of the Christ Child at Bethlehem. It really points to the Second Coming of the Lord at the end of the world, when all will be laid bare and the cosmos will be unmade in fire. In the Epistle for this Mass Paul tells the Colossians to persevere in every fruitful good work (in omni opera bono fructificantes).
In the Gospel from Matthew 24, Jesus describes the “abomination of desolation” from Daniel and the antichrists and the end times, the hour of which we do not know. This is the pericope in which Christ says He will appear like lightening in the East. The Secret asks God to free us from earthly desires (cupiditates) and the Postcommunion asks for healing of whatever is directed to vices (medicatio). This is a fitting theme for the end of the year and the threshold of the new.
Making connections within the texts for Mass helps me drill into a possible source for this prayer’s imagery.
There is a sermon of St. Pope Gregory I “the Great” (+604) on Matthew 20:1-16 about the man who hires day-laborers at different hours of the day. Gregory uses an allegorical key to interpret the different hours the man came to hire workers as being the ages of a man’s life. The parable of the Lord is also eschatological. It describes the reward the Lord gives for doing His work, regardless of the moment of the calling in history. The work to be done is more than likely harvest work, bringing in the fruits of the growing season. This parable applies to the late-coming Gentiles as well as the early-coming Jews, just as it is meant for individuals who experience conversion even late in life.
In the parable Jesus has a man identify those sitting idle without work: they will obviously receive no good wage at the end of the day. Without work, they will be poor, in straights. In the sermon there is a phrase which is echoed in the Collect:
“For whoever lives for himself and is sated by his own pleasures of the flesh, is rightly called ‘idle’ (otiosus), because he is not pursuing the fruit of the divine work (quia fructum diuini operis non sectatur).” (Hom. XL in Evangelia, I, 19, 2)
The verb sector is “to follow continually or eagerly”. In the Collect the priest prays that we will with God’s help be the opposite of “idle”, namely, that we will be not merely earnest or intent, but even more eager (propensius). The references to “fruits” and “work” in the Mass texts and the parallel of concepts in the sermon with those of the Collect, suggest to me a connection. We know that many of our ancient Latin prayers were authored at the time of Pope Gregory and before.
We are in need of healing and actual graces. Baptism gives us an initial healing and justification, but wounds of Original Sin remain in our body, mind and will. God gives us grace to move and strengthens us to do His will, which has healing and saving consequences. To the extent that God gives us grace and to the extent we cooperate with His guidance and helps, the greater will be our present healing and consolation and our reward when the Lord comes like lightening from the East.
Beg His help. Beg His mercy. Praise Him for His gifts.
We approach the last Sunday of the liturgical year.
In the post-Conciliar calendar of the Roman Church this is the Solemnity of Christ the King. In the older calendar, this is celebrated (with a rather different meaning!) at the end of October.
Each year Holy Church presents to us the history of salvation, from Creation to the Lord’s Coming (the First and also the Final).
Sunday’s Solemnity is an anticipation of the season of Advent, which focuses on the different ways in which the Lord comes to us, especially in the Second Coming.
At this time of year (November) we are also considering the Four Last Things: death, judgment, heaven and hell. We are praying for the Poor Souls in Purgatory in a special way this month.
The Solemnity of Christ the King brings to our attention the fact that the Lord is coming precisely as King and Judge not merely as friend or brother or favorite role-model.
In the great Dies Irae prayed at Requiem Masses for so long (and still today), Christ is identified as “King of Fearful Majesty” and “Just Judge”.
Consider today’s feast in light of what we read in 2 Peter 3: 10-12:
“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the works that are upon it will be burned up. Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of persons ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be kindled and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire!”
Not exactly hugs and fluffy lambs for everyone.
Christ Jesus will judge us all, dear friends, and submit all things to the Father (cf. 1 Cor 15:28). Having excluded some from His presence, our King, Christ Jesus, will reign in majestic glory with the many who accepted His gifts and thereby merited eternal bliss.
COLLECT – (2002MR):
Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, qui in dilecto Filio tuo, universorum Rege, omnia instaurare voluisti, concede propitius, ut tota creatura, a servitute liberata, tuae maiestati deserviat ac te sine fine collaudet.
While this Collect is of new composition for the Novus Ordo, it is similar to what was in the 1962 Missale Romanum for this feast with variations in the second part: Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, qui dilecto Filio tuo universorum Rege, omnia instaurare voluisti: concede propitius; ut cunctae familiae gentium, peccati vulnere disgregatae, eius suavissimo subdantur imperio… “so that all the families of peoples, torn apart by the wound of sin, may be subject to His most gentle rule.” That’s a different message by far. Christ isn’t just the eschatological King who will reign over all things at the end of the World. He is King here and now, of all peoples and nations… now.
Today’s Collect demonstrates the theological shift in many of the Latin prayers in the Novus Ordo.
Universus is an adjective and universorum a neuter plural, “all things.” Since we have another “all things” in omnia I will make universorum into “the whole universe.” Our Latin ears perk up when we hear compound verbs (verbs with an attached preposition like sub or de or cvm).
In our own copies of A Latin Dictionary. Founded on Andrews’ edition of Freund’s Latin dictionary. revised, enlarged, and in great part rewritten by. Charlton T. Lewis, Ph.D. and. Charles Short, LL.D. – (aka Lewis & Short or L&S) we find that de-servio expands the meaning of servio to mean “serve zealously, be devoted to, subject to.” Col-laudo, more emphatic than simple laudo, means “to praise or commend very much, extol highly.”
You veterans of WDTPRS know how maiestas is synonymous with gloria which in early Latin writers such as Hilary of Poitiers, Ambrose and in early liturgical texts, the equivalent of biblical Greek doxa and Hebrew kabod. This “glory” and “majesty” is God’s own transforming power, a sharing of His life, that transforms us into what He is in an everlasting “deification”.
Instauro is a wonderful word which deserves more attention: “to renew, repeat, celebrate anew; to repair, restore; to erect, make”. It is synonymous with renovo. Etymologically instauro is related to Greek stauros. Turning to a different L&S, the immensely valuable Liddell & Scott Greek Dictionary, we find that stauros is “an upright pale or stake.” Stauros is the word used in the Greek New Testament for the Cross of Jesus. Also the word immediately makes us think not only of the motto on the coat-of-arms of Pope St. Pius X, but also the origin of that motto Ephesians 1:10: “For he has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.” (Eph 1:9-10 RSV). There have been, by the way, some changes in the Latin texts of this passage. The older Vulgate says “instaurare omnia in Christo” while the New Vulgate says “recapitulare omnia in Christo”.
Recapitulare is related to Latin caput (“head”) and was deemed by the scholars behind the New Vulgate as a better translation of the Greek anakephalaioô, “to sum up the argument.” This harks to the headship of Christ over the Body of the Church and expresses that He is the Final Statement, the Conclusion of All Things. At any rate, in 1925 and in the 1960’s when the older version of Vulgate was in use, the Collect had instaurare and not recapitulare.
Why all this about recapitulare?
The phrase, “renew/reinstate all things in Christ” points to the Kingship of Jesus. In everything that Jesus said or did in His earthly life, He was actively drawing all things and peoples to Himself.
In the time to come, when His Majesty the King returns in gloria and maiestas this act of drawing-to-Himself (cf. John 12:32) will culminate in the exaltation of all creation in a perfect unending paean of praise. In the meantime, by virtue of baptism and our integration into Christus Venturus (Christ About-To-Come), we all share in His three-fold office of priest, prophet, and also king. We have the duty to proclaim His Kingship by all that we say and do. We are to offer all our good works back to Him for the sake of His glory and the expectation of His Coming. This glorious restoration (instaurare) is possible only through the Lord’s Cross (Greek stauros). The Cross is found subtly in the midst of this Collect, where it is revealed as the pivot point of all creation (creatura).
Almighty eternal God, who desired to renew all things in Your beloved Son, the King of the universe, graciously grant that the whole of creation, having been freed from servitude, may zealously serve Your majesty and praise You greatly without end.
The first objective of our participation in the Church’s sacred rites is to praise God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and give God glory. This is what we owe by the virtue of religion.
Liturgical and Biblical Latin is rich with words and phrases which exalt and express praise of God. In fact, the concepts of “glory” and “majesty” are nearly interchangeable in this light. We, on the one hand, render up honor and glory to God in a way external to God. On the other hand, glory and majesty are also divine attributes which we in no way give Him, which He has – or rather is – in Himself by His nature.
When we come into His presence, even in the contact we have with Him through the Church’s sacred mysteries, His divine attribute of splendor or glory or majesty, whatever you will, has the power to transform us. His majestic glory changes us. This MYSTERY changes us. So, it is right to translate these lofty sounding attributions for God when we raise our voices in the Church’s official cult.
OBSOLETE ICEL (1973):
Almighty and merciful God, you break the power of evil and make all things new in your Son Jesus Christ, the King of the universe. May all in heaven and earth acclaim your glory and never cease to praise you.
CURRENT ICEL (2011):
Almighty ever-living God, whose will is to restore all things in your beloved Son, the King of the universe, grant, we pray, that the whole creation, set free from slavery, may render your majesty service and ceaselessly proclaim your praise.
Therefore, when one of my readers mentioned in the combox a recipe called Sole Bonne Femme, “Good Woman”, I determined to get me some o’ that love.
Since I was out and about when I read that comment on my phone, I pulled up Julia Child’s recipe to spot the ingredients before my routine stop at the grocer.
Fish on Friday, right?
Sole Bonne Femme is a way to poach fillets of fish and the creation of a sauce from the poaching liquid. Bonne Femme is made with mushrooms. There is a variation with the flesh of tomatoes. I don’t recall the name of the chef who concocted it. (Aside: “concoct”… from Latin concoquo – “boil or seeth together”.)
The portobello were on sale. Then, parsley, shallot, clam juice, white wine and, of course, the fillets of sole, not on sale, alas, but I only needed two.
Note… I had the green beans on the side. Nothing fancy. Quickly microwaved and dressed with lemon juice.
I used a combination of the larger slices of mushrooms and minced, with minced shallot and chopped parsley as my base in the glass casserole.
Lay the fillets over the base.
Meanwhile, I’m pre-heating my toaster oven to 350°F.
Because the poaching time is really short, lest you overcook, and because I don’t have a stove but only an induction hotplate, and since the container I had to use was glass… I preheated the poaching liquid.
My wine was Mâcon Village, which I used for the meal, and clam juice (because I had no fish stock) and, later, cream.
Adding the now hot poaching liquid.
Into the toaster oven. It took a little longer than I thought it might to get the liquid to a simmer, so I checked the fillets fairly often by touch and color. Do NOT over cook fish!
It would be easier to make this on a larger scale than for just one person.
Anyway, I pulled the fillets and kept them warm on a covered plate on top of the oven.
Working fast, I brutally reduced my filtered poaching liquid, and then whipped up a roux…
Added my reduction…
The thickening process was smooth and easy. I added some lemon juice to give it a little more pop.
I arranged the fillets on a pool of sauce with the large mushroom slices, spooning the minced mix into the center. Believe me, I went back for more sauce after this photo! It was really good, winey and mushroomy and shalloty and creamy.
On this Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I want to give a couple priest friends a plug.
Msgr. Charles Mangan I have know since the 80’s. He is a priest of Sioux Falls and he worked in Rome for some years. He recently did an audio interview with my good friend Fr. Gerald Murray, pastor of the UN parish in Manhattan.
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A bit more food for thought…
“Only one sin is nowadays severely punished: the attentive observance of the traditions of our Fathers. For that reason the good ones are thrown out of their places and brought to the desert.”
"One of the most dangerous errors is that civilization is automatically bound to increase and spread. The lesson of history is the opposite; civilization is a rarity, attained with difficulty and easily lost. The normal state of humanity is barbarism, just as the normal surface of the planet is salt water. Land looms large in our imagination and civilization in history books, only because sea and savagery are to us less interesting."
- C.S. Lewis
More food for thought:
“I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.”
Francis Card. George
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More food for thought…
"All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void."
- Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137, 176
Even More Food For Thought
"Men by their constitutions are naturally divided into two parties:
1. Those who fear and distrust the people, and wish to draw all powers from them into the hands of the higher classes.
2. Those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them, cherish and consider them as the most honest and safe, although not the most wise depositary of the public interests."
- Thomas Jefferson to Henry Lee, 1824. ME 16:73
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“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?... The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If...if...We didn't love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation.... We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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Food For Thought
“Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites. . . . Society cannot exist unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.”
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