— Paul Tillich
“The Religious Situation”
Introduction (via verilyisayuntothee)
The police raided a church because they believed that the church was offering hospitality. The police raided a church because giving people a place to rest is against the law. The police raided a church because caring for people goes against the aims of empire and must be stopped.
You cannot serve the United States and the Kingdom of God. You cannot honor a badge and the cross. You cannot love the state and your neighbor.
The Memorare is a very popular Marian prayer that is sometimes attributed to St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153), Confessor, Abbot, and Doctor of the Church. While some of his writings do indeed echo the words of the Memorare, he did not in fact compose it. The prayer was first popularized not by St. Bernard of Clairvaux, but by another Bernard, namely Fr. Claude Bernard (1588-1641). More than likely the association of St. Bernard of Clairvaux’s name with the prayer is a case of mistaken identity with Fr. Claude Bernard. (via theraccolta)
Dorothy Day had a practice of saying the Memorare every day of her life. Interestingly, she learned the prayer from J.K. Huysmans’ En route (she did not appreciate his earlier, more purely Decadent works, and apparently Peter Maurin threw one of them in the fireplace at the Mott St. House of Hospitality):
But it was The Return which taught me the Memorare, that beautiful prayer to Mary, which so impressed me that I have said it since every day of my life. Pope John also had this practice. All I think I ever asked of her was that she should take care of me. The prayer is brief and easily remembered.