Friday, August 12, 2005

From "The Habit of Being"...

My inability to handle it so far in fiction may be purely personal, as my upbringing has smacked a little of Jansenism even if my convictions do not...

I like Pascal but I don't think the Jansenist impulse is healthy in the Church. The Irish are notably infected with it because all the Jansenist priests were chased out of France at the time of the Revolution and ended up in Ireland. It was a bad day if you ask me. I read a novel by Sean O'Faolain about the demise of the Irish novel. Apparently someone suggested there wasn't enough sin in Ireland to supply the need. O'Faolain said no, the Irish sinned constantly but with no great emotion except fear. Jansenism doesn't seem to breed so much a love of God as a love of asceticism.  

2 comments:

flurk said...

I am enjoying this website tremendously. It has encouraged me to seek out these quotations in their original contexts and read "Habit of Being" and "Mystery and Manners" for myself, and in so doing, I have found a gold mine of spiritual insight.

May I make a suggestion regarding HOB? Since this is a collection of letters, I believe a citation of the recipient and the date would be more useful than simply a page number. I am using the original hardcover ed. to track these quotes, and I am almost certain you are using the paperback ed. (I have the paperback on order, however). I'm sure there are differences in pagination between the two editions. If you cite the recipient and date, someone could find the quote no matter what the edition.

Dominus vobiscum,
Neil

TS said...

That is an excellent suggestion - I am using the paperback but will try & cite recipient and date in the future.