Well, dear readers, as you can see from the title, I have decided to place this blog on hiatus until the 151st anniversary of the start of the Battle of Gettysburg. (To write more succinctly, July 1, 2014) My posts feel belabored of late. This means I need to perfect my hurricane before I can serve some refreshing articles to you. After all, my best articles require me to make connections between anime, literature, and religion. This leads me to the conclusion that I must use my leisure to study these things more; but, I want to leave you all with a final ramble.
While reading St. Thomas Aquinas’ On Prayer and the Contemplative Life, I discovered the three etymologies he offered for religion. He draws the first from Cicero, who gives relegere, “to read again,” as the basis for the word religion, since the religious man reads things pertaining to worship repeatedly. The next two come from the hand of St. Augustine, who claims that religion either derives from religere, “to choose again,” or—the most famous derivation–religandum, “binding again.” The religious man chooses again those things which he has lost by his negligence–prayer, charity, virtue, holiness, etc.–and binds himself once more to the divine. The three words above recall that religion is about perseverance. If someone could be virtuous and follow all the precepts of the Church without effort, would we call them religious? Maybe, but the man who falls and continues to turn back to Christ and metanoiein–to have a change of heart–every day strikes me as more religious. Even Our Lord and Lady struggled in the maintenance of their spotless characters.
People mess up, but God is always ready for our repentance–yet another important religious concept beginning with the prefix re-. Let us use the month of June, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, to once again study His life, choose again the virtue, wisdom, knowledge, and grace contained therein, and bind ourselves yet again to the Fire of Divine Love emanating from this Heart. We have already celebrated the feasts of Pentecost and Trinity Sunday. Let us now prepare ourselves to remember Corpus Christi (June 22) and the Nativity of St. John the Baptist (June 24). Then, this month will end with the feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (June 27), Immaculate Heart of Mary (June 28), and Sts. Peter and Paul (June 29). Let us remember the two hearts which love us best and the Church through which the fruits of Christ’s Sacred Passion purify and make fervent the hearts of believers daily.
Besides my wish to study more some literature and religion, I hope to do away with my need for watching anime with subtitles by the end of the month. In my last experiment, I found Manga-san to Assistant-san to easy to understand, Nisemonogatari ranging from average to impossible, and, at the beginning of Soredemo Sekai ga Utsukushii episode 9, I just caught the word tabi, “journey,” and realized that it was too hard. May that give you an idea of my present listening skills! To the end of improving them, I’ll study my kanji learner’s dictionary and read Busou Renkin and Slayers. (I read only the finest literature, you see. 🙂 ) If I want to add something hard, Kinoko Nasu’s Kara no Kyoukai or Natsume Soseki’s Within My Glass Doors will find their way on my reading list.
You’ll still see me posting about literature and poetry on Aquila et Infans or American history and politics on Aquilon’s Eyrie. Hopefully, these efforts will generate more interesting things to read by July 1st. Should some kind individual claim that my articles are still interesting, I must also confess to wanting a break from this blog–even if just for about a fortnight.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus bless and keep you all!