Friday, January 28, 2011

Retreat

St. Francis Xavier
Just back from our diocesan clergy retreat at a Jesuit house on Lake Dallas. There was no liturgical dance, frightening Clown Masses, or bad craziness of any sort. There was a statue of St. Francis Xavier, which I liked and a neat sunrise or two - uplifted the spirits unlike...

Sun over the Chapel
the neo-brutalist architecture of parts of the retreat house, but that tends to go with the territory and was more than compensated for by the tranquility of the place.

The Halls of Rome
Even managed to get some reading in, "The 'West', Islam and Islamism", by Caroline Cox and John Marks. They pose the question, "Is ideological Islam compatible with liberal democracy?" and answer that it isn't. Read the book if you can, it's short and clear, not least about 'abrogation' and the "Verse of the Sword" in the 9th Sura.

Say no to dhimmitude,

LSP

7 comments:

Rick Kratzke said...

This time of year a lot of spirits probably need to be uplifted, I know mine does.

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LSP said...

Alright there Rick - have to say mine needed some assistance. Must get out and shoot, I find it helps things significantly.

God bless.

darlin said...

LSP this sounds like a good place to recharge. I love that statue in the first photo, you did a wonderful job of capturing that one... the others as well but the first one is stunning.

greg tingey said...

Of course ideological islam isn't compatible with democracy.
It's a religion.
Any more than idological christianity is compatible with democracy - look at the RC church over the centuries, if you want to test that proposition.....

Rick Kratzke said...

Stopping by again to let you know I gave you an award.

http://whitetailwoods.blogspot.com/2011/02/whitetail-woods-receives-stylish.html

Rick Kratzke said...

just wanted to let you know I gave you an award.

http://whitetailwoods.blogspot.com/2011/02/whitetail-woods-receives-stylish.html

LSP said...

Rick - I'm honored!