Merry Day 2 of Christmas! If you follow the Liturgical calendar and not the secular calendar that is. I wonder if people who celebrate Christmas before the Christmas season forget about how the world was getting worse with morals, evils, idolatry, etc. before Jesus came to intervene. I held off on playing Christmas music until Dec. 25, and I experienced the following quote by Bishop Fulton Sheen:
“There are only two philosophies of life: one is first the feast, then the headache; the other is first the fast and then the feast.” -Fulton Sheen
Don’t be in that first group. Before moving on to Christmas, I’d like to share one more quote related to keeping Advent and preparations in their proper place. And if you’re a Thor fan, you’ll really like this quote. It’s by G.K. Chesterton:
“It is the very essence of a festival that it breaks upon one brilliantly and abruptly, that at one moment the great day is not and the next moment the great day is. Up to a certain specific instant you are feeling ordinary and sad; for it is only Wednesday. At the next moment your heart leaps up and your soul and body dance together like lovers; for in one burst and blaze it has become Thursday. I am assuming (of course) that you are a worshipper of Thor, and that you celebrate his day once a week, possibly with human sacrifice.” -G.K. Chesterton
Just for the record, Chesterton did not worship Thor and neither do I. But Thor is pretty manly and epic. And in case you don’t get the quote, the background behind the days of the week is lengthy and more appropriate for it’s own blog article.
Anywhozits, now that it’s Christmas, I’d like to add 2 quotes to make this blog as brief as possible. One is about St. Joseph. In the past, I’ve liked to say: “Keep Mary in Merry Christmas and Keep Christ in Christmas and Keep Mass in Christmas.” But what about St. Joseph? You can’t really make a pun with him from Merry Christmas, and I believe that’s exactly how St. Joseph would want it due to his humble, strong but silent self that he is. Now I believe I’ve heard him described as an elderly guy marrying Mary, but I haven’t come across that in any books, and me being the book guy that I am, I did come across a description of him when he married Mary.
“Joseph was probably a young man, strong, virile, athletic, handsome, chaste, disciplined, the kind of man one sees…working at a carpenter’s bench. Instead of being a man incapable of loving, he must have been on fire with love…Young girls in those days, like Mary, took vows to love God uniquely, and so did young men, of whom Joseph was one so preeminent as to be called the “just.” Instead then of being dried fruit to be served on the table of the King, he was rather a blossom filled with promise and power. He was not in the evening of life, but in its morning, bubbling over with energy, strenth, and controlled passion.” -Fulton Sheen in his book The World’s First Love, pages 77-78.
And a quote on who SHOULD be the main focus of Christmas, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! For those who are annoyed at NICE portrayals of Jesus #meToo, you’ll like this manly tough description/quote from Chesterton. Chesterton even mentions the people who like the “nice” description of Jesus (“sweet and submissive”). I’ve heard people defend their position by referencing Jesus being angry when throwing the tables at temple. But then that’s it. Here’s a much more full defense:
“Instead of looking at books and pictures about the New Testament, I looked at the New Testament. There I found an account , not in the least of a person with His hair parted in the middle or His hands clasped in appeal, but of an extraordinary being with lips of thunder and acts of lurid decision, flinging down tables, casting out devils, passing with the wild secrecy of the wind from mountain isolation to a sort of deadful demagogy; a being who often acted like an angry god- and always like a god. Christ had even a literary style of His own, not to be found, I think, elsewhere; it consists of an almost furious use of the a fortiori. His “how much more” is piled one upon another like castle upon castle in the clouds. The diction used about Christ has been, and perhaps, wisely, sweet and submissive. But the diction used by Christ is quite curiously gigantesque; it is full of camels leaping through needles and mountains hurled into the sea. Morally it is equally terrific; He called Himself a sword of slaughter, and told men to buy swords if they sold their coats for them. That he used other even wilder words on the side of nonresistance greatly increases the mystery; but it also, if anything, rather increases the violence.” G.K. Chesterton in his book Orthodoxy, pages 271-272.
Lastly for fun, if you’re a professional bodybuilder like me (being facetious), then you’ll like these Christmas sayings:
Welcome to the North Swole.
No lift No gift.
Going old school with Fulton Sheen and Chesterton quotes,