The Ladder of St. Augustine

The Ladder of St. Augustine By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Saint Augustine!  well hast thou said, That of our vices we can frame A ladder, if we will but tread Beneath our feet each deed of shame!All common things, each day's events, That with the hour begin and end, Our pleasures and our discontents, Are rounds by which we may ascend.The low desire, the base design, That makes another's virtues less; The revel of the ruddy wine, And all occasions of excess;The longing for … [Read more...]

A Tribute to the Jesuits on Their Feast Day

On July 31, the Society of Jesus marks the 456th anniversary of the death of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits.  Born into a wealthy Basque family, Ignatius of Loyola (1491 – July 31, 1556) was a Spanish knight; but he was seriously wounded in the Battle of Pamplona in 1521.  During his long recovery, he experienced a spiritual awakening and was led to abandon his military career and devote himself to labor for God, following the example of St. Francis of Assisi.At the shrine of … [Read more...]

By the Babe Unborn

I have nothing to add to the profound musings of G.K. Chesterton.  I just ran across this beautiful poem by the prolific English writer and apologist--I thought you'd enjoy. By the Babe Unborn If trees were tall and grasses short, As in some crazy tale, If here and there a sea were blue Beyond the breaking pale,   If a fixed fire hung in the air To warm me one day through, If deep green hair grew on great hills, I know what I should do.   In dark I lie; dreaming that there Are gre … [Read more...]


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