Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A short post about Saints

This is the quotation Husband and I discovered when we did the acrostic in the New York Times Magazine this Sunday:

"The wonderful thing about saints is that they were human. They lost their tempers, got hungry, scolded God, were egotistical or testy, made mistakes and regretted them. Still they went on doggedly blundering toward heaven."

P. McGinley, "Saint Watching"

How timely! I had never heard of this book.

But I learned all about it on another blog, which coincidentally turns out to be from Minnesota. For a few minutes, I entered another whole realm of the blogosphere (instead of going to bed).

Funny what you will learn doing puzzles in the Sunday New York Times.

Happy All Saints Day.


P.S. an after-thought said...

I was so surprised to follow your link to the crossword blog and then see the name Phyllis McGinley. Hmmmmm, why do I know that name?

Well, at Luther College, I wrote one of my major papers on her book, Times Three, which had been given to me as a gift by my future husband-to-be.

There is a whole chapter of poetry about saints. They are somewhat melancholy poems. I might post one.

Mrs. M said...

Happy All Saints Day, indeed.

Diane said...

P.s. I felt the same as you... how do I know her name? I still haven't figured out exactly what I read of hers.

Presbyterian Gal said...

Thanks for the link. Interesting stuff!

and Happy All Saints Day.

Jan said...

Happy All Saints Day! I think I'll borrow the quote, ok? Thanks!

Pastor David said...

"doggedly blundering toward heaven"

what a wonderful description for all of us.

FranIAm said...

Happy All Saints Day to one and all!

I am going to use that quote too, on the church blog.

BTW- nice comment to Don today Diane. He is a spectacular human being. He is publishing poems on my church blog now.

This is all new to him and your words meant so much!

Anonymous said...

Great quote, I can identify with the blundering part, maybe not so doggedly :)

Marsha said...

Terrific quote... I may lift it for the quote section on my blog.