"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

It is festival, therefore, the whole time in which we live. For though he [Paul] said, “Let us keep the feast,” not with a view to the presence of the Passover or of Pentecost, did he say it; but as pointing out that the whole of time is a festival unto Christians, the cause of the excellency of the good things which have been given. For what hath not come to pass that is good? The Son of God was made man for thee; He freed thee from death; and called thee to a kingdom. Thou therefore who hast obtained and art obtaining such things, how can it be less than thy duty to “keep the feast” all thy life?

[festivals: John Chrysostom, Homilies on First Corinthians]

Posted by Jeff on 09.14.2011

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