Our Lord “wants not only to be loved in a Child, but in your child”: Christmas wisdom from Caryll Houselander

I just finished Caryll Houselander’s 1947 novel The Dry Wood (beautiful overall, though not without flaws) and found a stunning passage on the mystery of the suffering of innocents, an apt follow-up to the one I posted earlier. The scene is the funeral of a child; the speaker is a priest, delivering the homily; and the [Read More...]

Caryll Houselander: “Sin tried to batter life out of the innocent son of God … just as it has done to the bodies of innocence ever since”

I am reading the 1947 novel The Dry Wood by English Catholic mystic (and so-called “original Bond girl”) Caryll Houselander, and am struck by a profoundly prophetic passage that seems particularly meaningful in the wake of the Newtown slaughter. The scene begins as first-time father Art Jewel witnesses hospital staff treat his deformed newborn son, Willie, [Read More...]