Sunday, February 03, 2008

Book Meme

La Serafica tagged me:
The 123 Rules:
1. Pick up the book nearest you with at least 123 pages. (No cheating!)
2. Turn to page 123.
3. Count the first five sentences.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five other bloggers.

Okay... Like Seraphic, the book nearest me is in foreign... Giovanni XXIII - La carezza del Papa a pocket-sized anthology of quotations from Bl John XXIII compiled by Savierio Gaeta.
Il segno più evidente che la volontà è decisa consiste nel deside­rio di ascoltare sempre la voce di Gesù che parla coi suoi esempi, colle sue lezioni, colle sue grazie, colle regole della nostra vita ec­clesiastica e religiosa, e poi col desiderio di segnalarsi in questo ser­vizio con grandi cose; ma nel senso della unione con Gesù povero, sofferente, disprezzato. Tutto ciò che non è volontà di Dio è fantasia, è capriccio, è natura. Biso­gna volerla e cercarla in tutto, perciò combattere, pregare e atten­dere.
Rough translation:
The most evident sign that the will is decided consists in the desire to always listen to the voice of Jesus who speaks with his examples, his lessons, his graces, with the rules of our ecclesiastical and religious life, and then with the desire to distinguish oneself in this service with great things; but in the sense of union with the poor, suffering and despised Jesus. Everything that is not the will of God is fantasy, whim, nature. One needs to desire and seek it in everything, and therefore to fight, to pray, to wait.

I don't like tagging people, so I'll pass on that.


Seraphic Single said...

Yes, tagging, though not as bad as sending chain-mail, is naughty. However, I was full of fantasia, capriccio and natura, to say nothing of curiosity.

Hey, at least you had an uplifting tome beside you! So far I am revealed as a Teutonophile, Aelianus as dangerously contemplating capitalism, and Berenike is reading a war story. Jenny is reading a Recent Novel, and so is up there with you for style.

Zadok the Roman said...


I guess it's in my shy (!) disposition to like being tagged, but to dislike tagging others.

Anyway, I have a suspicion that Berenike was copying a few lines from her diary. ;)