Led into temptation by their very goodness

Ross Douthat, writing about Penn State in the NYT: Bad and mediocre people are tempted to sin by their own habitual weaknesses. The earlier lies or thefts or adulteries make the next one that much easier to contemplate. Having already cut so many corners, the thinking goes, what’s one more here or there? Why even... Continue Reading →


In accord with his use of the poker

When Thomas Aquinas went to study at the University of Naples, he joined the Dominican Order. At the time, the Dominicans were a new order in the church dedicated to study, teaching and preaching. The mission of the Dominicans fit Aquinas' scholastic abilities and his personal sense of vocation; he wrote, "It is a greater... Continue Reading →

The horror when beauty becomes too weak a stimulant

From That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis: Suddenly...desire (salt, black, ravenous, unanswerable desire) took him by the throat. ...[This desire] disenchants the universe. Everything else that Mark had ever felt - love, ambition, hunger, lust itself - appeared to have been mere milk and water, toys for children, not worth one throb of the nerves... ...It... Continue Reading →

Teddy bear or beast

From Nick Lowe's song, "The Beast in Me" (memorably recorded by Johnny Cash): The beast in me Is caged by frail and fragile bars Restless by day And by night rants and rages at the stars God help the beast in me Sometimes it tries to kid me That it's just a teddy bear And... Continue Reading →

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