Saturday, September 28, 2013

When autumn appears, I get a subtle yet almost overwhelming desire to read The Lord of the Rings.

Every Fall without fail. I'm certain it has to do with Frodo leaving the Shire at the same time. Also, coinciding with that is a particular Fall feeling I've often had, as when considering a tree with a quarter area of its foliage going deep yellow while the rest is yet green; and then later while all the leaves have turned deep yellow that quarter area from before is gapingly bereft, showing sky: a feeling of urgency. It is a feeling in contradistinction to the one of "mellow fruitfulness" that one normally associates with autumn. The animals who store food feel this urgency much more than modern man.

I've read the book enough times to have stopped counting the times. And once I read the entire "trilogy" out loud.

Yet here is Fall and the desire comes upon me again.

2 comments:

owen swain said...

I am sorry to see that you have removed your "Jesus is bigger and deeper than our knowledge of the Church." post. It was, for me, one of your better text posts (I always love the art). It was very well expressed. I don't check-in every day with the blogosphere as I once did so were it not for a feed reader that retains the content of a post even when the author has removed it I would have missed your very fine post.

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It's interesting to me how many people love to rag on Fr. Richard Rohr yet I often I see some of the core things he expresses, all be it in his peculiar way, being expressed by those who disregard him (or worse). I'm not say you do that, I haven't seen that I am merely saying I can see in the post you removed some very sane and sanely said core principles of our faith. Jesus is bigger than the Church. Jesus is smaller than mankind's projection of itself. The can go outside herself for the sake of Christ and of souls. That's all well said in my book.

Paul Stilwell said...

Thank you, Owen. I re-posted it. :)