Wednesday, January 14, 2009


I have been granted an honour by my profession and I am grateful to have been considered for it and delighted to have received it. Unconsciously I have worked for it, I guess, for 17 years of higher training and postgraduate work. Opening the letter lead to a moment of surprise and delight and then a more wholesome realisation of the hollowness of these things. Now that I have it, I realise that like any earthly thing it is as so much straw and its possession means nothing sub specie aeternatis. Mrs P opened a bottle of champagne. We'll go to the ceremony and out for dinner afterwards and I'll have a poncey gown to wear and get a rolled-up certificate and it will be great fun for a day.

My treasure lies elsewhere, I hope:

Praise adds nothing to your holiness, nor does blame take anything from it. You are what you are, and you cannot be said to be better than you are in God's sight. If you consider well what you are within, you will not care what men say about you. They look to appearances but God looks to the heart. They consider the deed but God weighs the motive.

The Imitation of Christ, Book 2, Chapter 6

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Blogger madame evangelista said...

Congratulations Paulinus.

9:08 PM  
Blogger Mac McLernon said...

Maybe it doesn't add anything to your spiritual stature, but in striving to follow your God-given vocation to the best of your abilities, you are cooperating with God's plan...

Many, many congratulations... I have no doubts that it is very well-deserved!

9:25 PM  
Blogger Martin said...


Regardless of how hollow you might feel this award to be, you still have my congratulations.

Perhaps a slightly different perspective for you; your peers have decided you deserve it for your commitment to alleviating human suffering, and for what you have achieved in its pursuit. That might be a strictly earthly kind of deal, but it's still quite a big one. Well done! You'll end up being consulted on the appointment of bishops yet!

6:21 AM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

You'll end up being consulted on the appointment of bishops yet!

LOL! No thanks. I leave that to prominent Catholic laymen (whoever they are)

10:12 AM  
Blogger antonia said...

congratulations physician!

1:49 PM  
Blogger Brendan Allen said...

Well done. And can you please post up a pic of you in the nice gown??? ;-)

9:24 PM  
Blogger Agellius said...

Hearty congratulations.

5:20 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

And can you please post up a pic of you in the nice gown??? ;-)

Not on your Nelly!

9:45 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

In the words of John Merrick, the Elephant Man: thank you, thank you. You've all been very kind.

11:18 PM  

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