June 30th, 2006


Another Series

Jan Karon wrote At Home in Mitford a homey home town full of delightfully quirky characters, through the eyes of Father Tim, a priest. He can't be Catholic, for his bishop is married. The ritual feels Anglican, but that may not be right, as that is more British, I thought. Now I want A Light in the Window; These High, Green Hills; and Out to Canaan.

Unfortunately, that first one I got by accident in a used book and clothing store in Centerville called The Second Time Around and was a 1994 copyright. Ah, yes, that's nearly classified as "ancient literature" in American pop culture.

She got me right off, as the priest is walking along Main Street when... (page 9) He decided to surrender himself to the stolen joy of it, as some might eat half a box of chocolates at one sitting, without remorse." The "it"? Ambling. Festina lente.

Why settle for half a box of chocolate? "I can't believe I ate the whole thing" is my motto...

On Faith -- Jan Karon

"I've never been one for physical exercise," she said, "but what God does with our faith must be something like workouts. He sees to it that our faith gets pushed and pulled, stretched and pounded, taken to its limits so its limits can expand."
"If it doesn't get exercised," she said thoughtfully, "it becomes like a weak muscle that fails us when we need it."
    -- Jan Karon, character Cynthia Coppersmith in At Home in Mitford, page 158.

On Spirit -- Jan Karon

The firefly only shines when on the wing. So it is with us -- when we stop, we darken.
    -- Jan Karon, attributed to character Miss Lureen in At Home in Mitford, page 332.