Veni Veni

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I’m getting ready to sign off for Christmas in order to focus less on blogging and squabbling and news, and more on Jesus. I’d like to leave you with a little bit of music and beauty as I go. Latin is just a neat language. I don’t mean neat as in “cool,” like the kids [Read More...]

The Days of Our Glory

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Darkness is a fearsome thing: concealing, obscuring, bearing with it an almost tangible sense of oppression. The promise of the savior in Isaiah is nothing less than the promise to banish the darkness: the people who walked in darkness shall see a great light. What does the Psalmist tell us? I wait for the Lord, [Read More...]

Dickens on Hope and Despair: “The Chimes”

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Charles Dickens’ deep Christian faith rings in all of his works, and especially so in his Christmas books. After the success of “A Christmas Carol,” Dickens published similar titles in the same format: novellas with supernatural elements and a clear Christian message. All of them were successes in their day, but none had the afterlife [Read More...]

No one talks about the Fourth Wise Man

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He brought the gift of braaaains: Nativity set from Playmobile. [Read more...]

Authentic Joy Is Here

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I’m on break until after New Year’s, but I wanted to thank you all for another year of patronage. Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me, and for all those who donated, used my Amazon links, or shared posts on Facebook and Twitter. This evening, as I listened to the reading from [Read More...]

Kindling the Flame Of Advent

From the Magnificat Advent Companion 2013

Each year, I try make a break with Ordinary Time, set up any new patterns of devotion I intend to observe, break out the Advent wreath, and get on with the work of active waiting in contemplation. This year, it didn’t happen. Recovering and weary from pneumonia, distracted by health problems all around me, and [Read More...]

Adelaide Procter: The Church in 1849 … And Now

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I intended just to share one of Adelaide Procter’s Christmas poems, but “The Church in 1849″ seemed too relevant to skip. We all think we’re sailing through unique trials that will shake the church, but every generation faces such trials. We will have our difficulties, particularly since a majority of our coreligionists voted for a [Read More...]

Adelaide Procter: Catholic Poet

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Adelaide Procter is almost forgotten today, but she was Queen Victoria’s favorite poet, and in her time (1825-1864) she was second only to Tennyson in sales and popularity. She was admired and published by Dickens, and if today she is remembered at all, it is either for their work together, or for Arthur Sullivan‘s setting [Read More...]


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