Starting Ember Friday In the Octave of Pentecost Off Right: The Mediocre Man Edition

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

PATER NOSTER, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, et dimitte nobis debita nostra sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. Amen.

Garrigou-Lagrange. Most assuredly NOT a mediocre man.

“The truly mediocre man admirers everything a little and nothing with warmth… He considers every affirmation insolent, because every affirmation excludes the contradictory proposition. But if you are slightly friendly and slightly hostile to all things, he will consider you wise and reserved. The mediocre man says there is good and evil in all things, and that we must not be absolute in our judgements.

If you strongly affirm the truth, the mediocre man will say that you have too much confidence in yourself.

The mediocre man regrets that the Christian religion has dogmas. He would like it to teach ethics, and if you tell him that its code of morals comes from its dogmas as the consequence comes from the principle, he will answer that you exaggerate…If the word ‘exaggeration’ did not exist, the mediocre man would invent it.

The mediocre man appears habitually modest. He can not be humble, or he would cease to be mediocre.

The humble man scorns all lies, even where glorified by the whole earth, and he bows the knee before every truth…If the naturally mediocre man becomes seriously Christian, he ceases absolutely to be mediocre…

The man who loves is never mediocre.

Reginald-Marie Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.
The Three Ages of the Interior Life : Prelude of Eternal Life Volume. 1

And furthermore I consider that islam must be destroyed.