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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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No one talks about the Fourth Wise Man

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

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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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Snapdragon: A Festive Children’s Game Played With Flaming Food

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Thou art easier swallowed than a flapdragon. Wm. Shakespeare, Love’s Labor’s Lost Since we’re after Halloween but not yet up to Christmas, here’s a weird little bit of folklore and gaming that’s relevant to both. In Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, Alice is introduced to various fanciful insects by a gnat the size of [Read More...]

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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...]

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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...]

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