What We Must Forget (Dante and Purgatory)

Dante did not love Beatrice, not the way he believed he loved Beatrice. For a romantic like I am, that is a hard sentence to write. If you haven’t read the whole Divine Comedy, just the Inferno, you might believe that Beatrice was Dante’s real love. Isn’t he constantly talking about her all through Hell? Doesn’t she help [Read More…]

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The Battle Is the Lord’s

Dear Bob Sorge, A long time ago you wrote a song that said this: An army had arisen against Israel the Moabites and Ammonites of Edom the Spirit of the Lord spoke through His prophet “the battle is not yours but it is God’s” This was, of course, based on this Bible verse: Thus says [Read More…]

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Because It Is True . . .

On a day like today when I am with the perfectly-named Hope, thinking about God and life, then Christianity is happy. There is great evil in the world, but reason and experience, part of my Faith, assure me that this goodness is more fundamental. While righting the world is complicated (!) and long, justice will win. When I [Read More…]

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Learning from Old Elizabeth: to New Orleans

A Prophet to America: Old Elizabeth In 1863, Old Elizabeth (the pen name she chose) published her life story. You can read it for free, it is not very long, blunt, and full of the Holy Ghost. If you wonder why many of us rejoice that monuments celebrating rebellion and slavery are being taken down [Read More…]

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The End of the Ring: Wagner, Ferris Wheels, and God

The gods we create can be destroyed, but there is no hope in mankind either. Whatever Richard Wagner intended, that is the message I found in Houston Grand Opera’s concluding opera in the Ring Cycle. About the Houston Grand Wagner Experience We began in 2013 and now we have seen all of the four operas: [Read More…]

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Doubt! Or Not

The news was so good, he could not stand to believe it. If he did, and it turned out to be wrong, Thomas would not be able to stand the pain. The man he admired and loved was dead. He could go on living, maybe, but if they convinced him that his friend was alive [Read More…]

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They were almost great . . . Five Remarkable Writers (Fifth Post of Bright Week)

Most college students I meet have not heard of Agatha Christie or Ray Bradbury. This is not tragic, like going to a school that cannot afford textbooks or starting the school day with no breakfast and little chance of lunch. It isn’t even educational fraud, like paying for an undergraduate degree (and getting debt) at [Read More…]

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Things My Adult Children Say I Should Not Say

A joy of having adult children is knowing the many, many things that I should never say, why I should never say them, and the penalties for saying them. One child threatens to “break me” if I ever again say that anything said three times  or containing chimps can be funny. This is not only false [Read More…]

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Bright Week!

Lent is over, as is Super Lent (what my kids, when they were kids, called Holy Week) and now we are commanded to Feast. If you do not wish to Feast, too bad. Most of us did not wish to fast, but we did. Let’s party. Never, ever, ever join a movement defined by opposition to something [Read More…]

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Truly, He is Risen and is Reigning

Truth matters and the truth is this: Jesus died and now is alive. The body that went into the tomb came out different and Jesus ascended to God where He rules. He defeated death to become High King, not just to win a victory over death. He earned the right to be King of Kings and Lord of [Read More…]

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