LENTCAzT 2020: 17 – Friday in the 2nd Week of Lent: Envy contains an element of fear

It’s Friday in the 2nd Week of Lent.

The Roman Station is San Vitale.

Today we hear about envy, jealously, with the help of Thomas Aquinas, Dante and Dorothy Sayers.   I sincerely believe that many of the tensions in the more traditional side of the Catholic blogosphere are driven by this perverted desire to deprive others of the goods they enjoy and their accomplishments.

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7 Responses to LENTCAzT 2020: 17 – Friday in the 2nd Week of Lent: Envy contains an element of fear

  1. Mariana2 says:

    Thanks, Father!

  2. SMJ says:

    Father, “The Catholic Traveler” twitted an appeal for subscribing to the YouTube channel of the roman parish Ss Trinità dei Pellegrini. Once they hit 1,000 followers, they can livestream the Mass.


    As I write, they have 405 followers. I’m sure you could give a hand and help our great roman friends?

  3. Semper Gumby says:

    Thank you Fr. Z.

  4. Semper Gumby says:

    “The desire to find positive solutions to the problems of modern society animated many of the leading writers of the day. Dorothy L. Sayers wrote to B.C. Boulter, of the Guild of Catholic Writers, on 1 December 1939: ‘I am engaged…in getting together a group of people, mostly writers, to do books, articles, lectures, etc. about national reconstruction and a creative spirit, not precisely under the Christian banner, but certainly on a basis of Christian feeling.'”

    – Joseph Pearce, “Literary Converts” p. 214.

  5. Semper Gumby says:

    Fr. Z quotes George Weigel on Dante: “The Envious in Purgatory…eyes sewn shut…sitting in a barren, stony wilderness.”

    From the 2009 documentary “Why Beauty Matters” hosted by Sir Roger Scruton (1944-2020):

    At any time between 1750 and 1930 if you asked educated people to describe the aim of poetry, art or music, they would have replied “beauty.”

    And if you had asked for the point of that you would have learned that beauty is a value, as important as truth and goodness.

    I think we are losing beauty and there is a danger that with it we will lose the meaning of life. I’m Roger Scruton, philosopher and writer. My trade is to ask questions. During the last few years I have been asking questions about beauty. Beauty has been central to our civilisation for over 2000 years. From its beginnings in ancient Greece philosophy has reflected on the place of beauty in art, poetry, music, architecture and everyday life. Philosophers have argued that through the pursuit of beauty we shape the world as a home. We also come to understand our own nature as spiritual beings.

    I want to persuade you that beauty matters; that it is not just a subjective thing, but a universal need of human beings. If we ignore this need we find ourselves in a spiritual desert. I want to show you the path out of that desert. It is a path that leads to home.

  6. Semper Gumby says:

    Dorothy Sayers produced an excellent translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy (though I’m partial to Anthony Esolen’s translation).

    Joseph Pearce, “Literary Converts” pp. 50-1:

    The strength of Chesterton’s “Orthodoxy,” and the key to its success, was the way the author made the subject attractive to his readers. Dorothy L. Sayers was a fifteen-year-old schoolgirl when she first read the book and was inspired and excited by Chesterton’s image of the Church as a heavenly chariot ‘thundering through the ages, the dull heresies sprawling and prostrate, the wild truth reeling but erect’. This invigorating vision rekindled her faith at a time when adolescent doubt and growing disillusionment with the low-church puritanism to which she was accustomed was threatening to extinguish it. ‘In the book called Orthodoxy,’ she wrote, ‘there were glimpses of this other Christianity, which was beautiful and adventurous and queerly full of honour.’

  7. Semper Gumby says:

    I think these are Fr. Ripperger quotes:

    “Whenever a father fails to pray, suffer and do good works in order to merit graces for his wife and family, he fails in the most important task of husband and father.”

    “Real men put aside their pleasure and only take pleasure in something which is in perfect congruity with virtue. This means that real men are men of virtue, not of pleasure.”

    “The willingness to suffer is the one thing the demons do not want you to master. They will use every form of fear possible to keep you from being willing to suffer. Because if you’re willing to suffer there is nothing in your spiritual life that you cannot obtain.”

    “The man actually has to engage the arduous to develop fortitude.”

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