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Julian and the Calendar — 6 Comments

  1. I thought I remembered the lines you quote from Julian from another source. It sent me back to reread T.S. Eliot’s 4 Quartets where I found them. I hadn’t realised their origin. Eliot was writing in dark times as an air raid warden in WWII and speaks about the progress of the human spirit and finding hope within this crisis. Its beautifully written. I’m not sure about his belief that suffering is needed before new life can begin however. While I don’t always warm to the overt religiosity of this poem, I also like the lines:

    With the drawing of this Love and the voice of this
    Calling
    We shall not cease from exploration
    And the end of all our exploring
    Will be to arrive where we started
    And know the place for the first time.

    I have strong feeling however that these lines might also be from some earlier text.

  2. Perhaps there is nothing new under the sun and the inspiration came from elsewhere, but Eliot had his own unique way of putting things.

    My late grandmother lived in a part of Somerset called East Coker. I used to be disappointed her telephone exchange was West Coker – an East Coker telephone number would have made the place sound almost famous.

  3. The Eliot is very beautiful.

    David Cameron’s latest ‘buzz’ phrase is ‘We can’t go on like this’. I wonder if we, in economic terms, will go through all of this upheaval to end up where we started.

  4. ‘We can’t go on like this’ sounds like a line from a 1970s song by The Stylistics – perhaps in keeping with the desired image!

    If Ireland managed even to be back where things started, it would not be so bad.

  5. Taking a slightly different slant, I was always impressed by G K Chesterton’s view that “if a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly”.

    While it sounds counter-intuitive, what he really meant was “if a thing is worth doing it is surely worth having a bash at it even if you don’t get it 100% right first time round”.

    Didn’t he have a great gift for stating things concisely and provocatively, and wasn’t he right in this case?

    Do good, do right, and keep doing it.

  6. I must remember the quote. I put together a booklet for an Anglican diocese in Rwanda – it was a weekly prayer cycle and lectionary together with a telephone directory for all the pastors and staff of the diocese. It was far from perfect and it was pointed out to me that many of the pastors did not speak English, but I felt that something was better than nothing and it was very well received at the other end – done badly maybe, but, at, least done.

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