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The True, the Good, and the Beautiful

Today Pope Francis and the Pope Emeritus met at Castel Gandolfo. In terms of historically rare moments, it doesn’t get much better than this. [Read more...]

A Poem and a Prayer as a Pontiff Retires


Today’s gospel reading is a fitting reminder that the Christian model of leadership is not of this earth. Of course, Our Redeemer, who had also said “before Abraham was, I Am,” was of heaven. Thus Jesus tells the disciples, [Read more...]

“The Temptation by the Devil” by Gustave Doré

In today’s gospel reading, our Lord reminds us that no one is free from temptation. Spiritual battles are real, and the prince of this world is keen for us to make him, and the kingdoms that have been handed over to him, our center, instead of God.

But I’m not going to rehash the homily you heard today. [Read more...]

Really. This is Why God Invented YouTube…

So talented people like DJ Shamrock could make a video remix like this. Need a lift? Four and 1/2 minutes of LOL ought to help. Almost 7 1/2 millions views, and climbing, and I almost missed it? Figures. [Read more...]

In a Cave Underground…

a King was born.

And on December 25. Sing it Neil, [Read more...]

O Radix Jesse (Root of Jesse)

O Flower of Jesse’s stem, you have been raised up as a sign for all peoples; kings stand silent in your presence; the nations bow down in worship before you. Come, let nothing keep you from coming to our aid.” [Read more...]

To Mourn and Embrace Pain in the Present Moment

When words fail, and our hearts are not still, what can we do? When tragedy strikes, there are questions that must be answered, and mourning that we must endure. [Read more...]

From T. S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets” (A Few Words for Wednesday)

 

1962 Oil Painting by Sir Gerald Kelly.
National Portrait Gallery. Smithsonian Institution,
Washington D.C.

T.S. Eliot has been lauded in this space before. You see, he moved on from the Wasteland and the Hollow Men, and  found succor and refreshment in the fields of the Lord. Even when the world he knew was ramping up for, and rent in two by, war, as was the case when he composed the Nobel Prize winning Four Quartets (1936-1942).

Such was the backdrop of the selection I share with you today. [Read more...]

World Order Does It Again


I’ve sung the praises of the Genki Sudo’s performance art group World Order in this space before.  After watching the following video, I continue to do so. The lads go on a peace mission. Take a look at Permanent Revolution. [Read more...]

King David is Criticized Soundly, and Takes It Like A Man

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, many of the stories we find in the Bible rival Shakespeare’s works in terms of their sweeping grandeur and poignant messages. In fact, as others more erudite than Joe Six-Pack have argued, without the Bible, much of what we take for literature would have no foundation on which to stand. What follows is an episode that could have come right out of the Bard’s Macbeth. [Read more...]


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