Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Tolkein on the Blessed Sacrament

Christmas High Mass at Our Lady of the Atonement, San Antonio, Texas,
an Anglican Use Roman Catholic parish.

"Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament . . . There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth, and more than that: Death, by the divine paradox, that which ends life and demands the surrender of all, and yet by the taste (foretaste) of which alone can what you seek in earthly relationships (love, faithfulness, joy) be maintained, or take on that complexity of reality, eternal endurance, which every man's heart desires."

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973), writing to his son Michael, 6-8 May 1941.


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