“I hate being a shepherd…”

Annunciation to the Shepherds, Taddeo Gaddi, Fresco in the Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence c. 1335

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. -- Luke 2:8 Over at First Things, today, we meet a shepherd who hates the sheep; he hates their stink and their stupidity -- he dreams of being a pirate, and even pays grudging respect to the wolves he must keep at bay: It is different for his son, my cousin. Joining us in the fields, he had adopted the self-important swagger of a boy set to working among the men, but a month of … [Read more...]


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