Richard Rolle on the Psalms

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I know I’m on break, but I wanted to share this from my recent reading of the works by the great medieval English hermit Richard Rolle. Those who pray the Hours know how true it is: A great fullness of spiritual comfort and joy in God comes into the hearts of those who recite or [Read More...]

I Got a Pope Benedict Bobble Head For Christmas

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See? He sits by my laptop and nods his approval or disapproval at things I write. Mostly disapproval. He does not, however, bobble as well as my daughter’s Agent Colson bobble. We did pretty well this year. My book haul was great, as always: I plan to review the Russ Manning Tarzan because it’s just [Read More...]

Verbum Bible Software: Enter to Win an iPad Mini and Scholar Edition

Go here and scroll down.  The contest goes until January 6th. Since it’s Rafflecopter, you might be able to enter once a day. Some good stuff is on sale as well, in case you have some Christmas money burning a hole in your pocket. I liked the Sacra Pagina series, Scott Hahn’s Letter & Spirit [Read More...]

Gaudete, Christus est Natus

From my family to yours, may you all have a very blessed Christmas. Gaudete, Gaudete! Christus et natus Ex maria virgine, Gaudete! Rejoice, Rejoice! Christ is born Of the virgin Mary, Rejoice! Tempus ad est gratiae, Hoc quod optabamus; Carmina laetitiae, Devote redamus. Now is the time of grace That we have desired; Sing songs [Read More...]

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...]

Christmas Has Truly Arrived When the Monks Start Decorating the Hedgehog

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(Actually, the hedgehog was believed to slip into vineyards and steal grapes.) [Read more...]

How I Pray: Will Duquette

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Will Duquette blogs at Cry ‘Woof’–And let slip the dogs of whimsy. He has the sharp mind you’d expect from someone who’s both a Dominican and a software engineer, but a light touch that makes his writing appealing and accessible. His series on Bootstrapping the Interior Life should be a starting point for people looking to [Read More...]

Medieval People by Michael Prestwich (Book Review)

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Anyone who reads even casually about the Middle Ages encounters the many vivid personalities who emerge from the history books, from titanic figures like St. Thomas Aquinas and Eleanor of Aquitaine to lesser known people like Simon de Montfort (largely responsible for the horrors of the Albigensian Crusade) and the Countess Matilda of Tuscany (an ally of [Read More...]

Remember When Artists Had Courage?

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Now we’re taking orders on what we’re allowed to watch from North Korea? That’s how brave Hollywood stands by their principles? (As if they have any principles other than devotion to the almighty dollar and contempt for their audiences.) I’m not saying a Seth Rogen movie is worth risking lives. Heck, just the idea that [Read More...]

How To Send an Email With Style

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Use a typewriter to type it on your letterhead (can’t you just feel that nice 24lb bonded paper?), sign it, and have your assistant scan and email it. That’s what writer-director Terrance Malick does, as revealed in the Sony leak. Malick–who takes this reclusive artist thing seriously–doesn’t use email. Here’s the letter:   The letter [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...]

How I Pray: Lisa Hendey

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I don’t know how Lisa Hendey can do half the things she does and still maintain a prayer life. She’s a speaker, writer for multiple sites and publications, founder of CatholicMom.com, and author of The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. And today she joins me for How I Pray. [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...]

Coventry Carol: A Bit of History

One of the things ultimately killed off in the English Reformation were the regional “mystery plays”: local pageant cycles in which the common folk performed dramatized Biblical stories. (The York cycle is the most famous.) Many of the surviving texts derive from the flowering of Middle English in the wake of Chaucer and Langland, and are of [Read More...]


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