Minute Particulars

"...minute and particular." -- Enormous Generalities

Monday, March 25, 2002

Sobering, but inspirational words about St Joseph and fathers:
Faith nourished by prayer: this is the most precious treasure that St Joseph transmits to us. Generations of fathers have followed in his footsteps who, with the example of a simple and laborious life, imprinted on their children's souls the inestimable value of faith, without which every other good runs the risk of being in vain. So even now, I am happy to assure all fathers of a special prayer, on the day dedicated to them: I ask God that they be men of a robust interior life, in order to fulfill their mission in the family and society in an exemplary way.

Sunday, March 24, 2002

"Minute Particulars" seemed an appropriate title for a weblog started upon reflection of the birth of my son, Dominic. I suppose the term "minute particulars" first struck me when an English professor I had claimed that William Blake once wrote that "all truth lies in minute particulars." I have not been able to find this exact quote in Blake, but he does have a poem, "The Holiness of Minute Particulars" in his collection called "Jerusalem" which has the following lines:
. . . Labour well the Minute Particulars: attend to the Little Ones . . .
. . . He who would do good to another must do it in Minute Particulars.
General Good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocrite, and flatterer;
For Art and Science cannot exist but in minutely organized Particulars