“It Is Beautiful To Be Old!”

Rocco Palmo’s Whispers in the Loggia blog has the following as it’s “quote for the day.” It’s from an address Pope Benedict XVI gave to the residents of “Viva Gli Anziani” (Long Live the Elderly), an old-age home in Rome, last November. As one who cares for an elderly parent – my mother, who, incidentally, [Read More…]

My Year of Living Peacefully

I didn’t make a New Year’s resolution this year. Instead, I’m aiming at a New Year’s conversion, which the dictionary defines as a “change in character, form, or function; spiritual change from sinfulness to righteousness; change from one … belief, viewpoint, etc., to another; a change of attitude, emotion, or viewpoint from one of indifference, [Read More…]

Looking Back at 2012

Here’s your statistical overview of Vox Nova in 2012: We were viewed 470,000 times, which WordPress reminds us is about nine times the volume of tourist traffic that the Principality of Liechtenstein gets every year, so we’ve got that going for us … We sported 355 new posts, bringing the total archive of this site [Read More…]

Sacre Bleu and the Mother of God

We are pleased to present a second guest post by Leanne Ogasawara, who writes from Japan, where she is a freelance translator and writer. When the German explorer Albert von Le Coq was at Kizil as part of his grand travels to “borrow” ancient artifacts in Central Asia (carving  frescos right off the walls in [Read More…]

Truth is sprung out of the earth! Justice looked down from heaven!

From a Christmas sermon by St. Augustine Wake up, O man – it was for you that God was made man!  Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.  For you, I say, was God made man.  Eternal death would have awaited you had he not been born in [Read More…]

Thomas Merton on Advent (and Newtown)

From Thomas Merton’s essay, “Advent: Hope or Delusion?” “The certainty of Christian hope lies beyond passion and beyond knowledge. Therefore we must sometimes expect our hope to come in conflict with darkness, desperation and ignorance. Therefore, too, we must remember that Christian optimism is not a perpetual sense of euphoria, an indefectable comfort in whose [Read More…]


David Gibson highlights a long-missing piece of Christian iconography: At its heartwarming core, Christmas is the story of a birth: the tender relationship between a new mother and her newborn child. Indeed, that maternal bond between the Virgin Mary and the baby Jesus has resonated so deeply across the centuries that depicting the blessed intimacy [Read More…]

Risking Peace: A Follow-Up

Last Friday, the United Nations General Assembly voted to recognize Palestine as a “non-member observer state,” upgrading its former status as a “non-member observer entity.” The vote was 138 to 9, with 41 abstentions. The United States voted against. Church bells across the West Bank rang out in celebration, and the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem [Read More…]

Risking Peace: A Thought Experiment

As I write this on November 19, 2012, Israel’s ‘Operation Pillar of Cloud’ is proceeding apace in Gaza. Over 1,000 airstrikes, some more precise than others, have been launched against Hamas, most in and around the Gaza City, which is one of the densest urban areas in the world. Israeli drones patrol the skies above [Read More…]

A Little Pre-Election “Coffee With Jesus”

Hat Tip: Radio Free Babylon [Read more…]