December 31, 2018

A few weeks ago, Facebook presented me with a 2018 “year in review.” A carefully curated version of my life over the past year flashed before my eyes. A delightful photo of me reading poetry at a writers’ conference in Florida. An announcement of the publication of my third chapbook. A video of me with my parents at a polka dance party in Buffalo, NY (in case you’re uninformed, polka is the liveliest, most joy-inspiring music you’ll ever hear). Photos… Read more

December 31, 2018

A combination of wishful thinking and reflexive pessimism typically overwhelms my otherwise rational predictive powers, so you shouldn’t sell the house, buy stock, or jump on any political bandwagons after reading this. Read more

December 27, 2018

Truth is, the whole thing is sickening, and this may be Jackson’s greatest achievement. By juxtaposing youthful joie de vivre with the reality of death in the mud, he has poignantly reminded us of the colossal waste of war. Read more

December 26, 2018

2018 has not been an easy year for Catholics around the world as more and more cases of sexual abuse of children have come to light. One particularly hard-hit community was my own native Diocese of Buffalo, NY. In October of this year I was shocked to learn that Siobhan O’Connor – former assistant to Bishop of Buffalo Richard Malone – had leaked documents to a local news station revealing that the Catholic Church’s leader in Western New York had… Read more

December 25, 2018

Friends of Vox Nova, on behalf of all the regular contributors, I want to wish each and every one of you a blessed Christmas.  May the Christ Child, who brought light into the darkness of our world, continue to pour his light into your hearts.  May the love of God, which is beyond all understanding, a love made flesh, be his gift to you this Christmas day. In addition, because of your readership, we have again earned a small royalty… Read more

December 18, 2018

Of all the liturgical seasons, Advent is uniquely colored by mystery, longing, and paradox. It is therefore the season most susceptible to the power of poetry, a form far more capable of channeling these three movements than prose. As Madeline L’Engle writes in her Advent poem, After Annunciation, “This is the irrational season / when love blooms bright and wild. / Had Mary been filled with reason / there’d have been no room for the child.” In this poem, On the Mystery of… Read more

December 14, 2018

Of all the liturgical seasons, Advent is uniquely colored by mystery, longing, and paradox. It is therefore the season most susceptible to the power of poetry, a form far more capable of channeling these three movements than prose. As Madeline L’Engle writes in her Advent poem, After Annunciation, “This is the irrational season / when love blooms bright and wild. / Had Mary been filled with reason / there’d have been no room for the child.” Advent is also the season of silence,… Read more

December 12, 2018

Today, December 12, Catholics around the world have celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, commemorating the Virgin Mary’s appearance to St. Juan Diego on Tepeyac Hill outside present-day Mexico City in 1531. Since that time, when the young Juan managed to convince the church authorities to build a church in her honor, this particular image of Mary has come to assume a multiplicity of meanings. Known as the Patroness of the Americas, she is held sacred by the… Read more

December 4, 2018

Of all the liturgical seasons, Advent is uniquely colored by mystery, longing, and paradox. It is therefore the season most susceptible to the power of poetry, a form far more capable of channeling these three movements than prose. As Madeline L’Engle writes in her Advent poem, After Annunciation, “This is the irrational season / when love blooms bright and wild. / Had Mary been filled with reason / there’d have been no room for the child.” Advent is also the season of silence,… Read more

December 1, 2018

Pray for everyone you encounter this Advent, but remember the poor in a special way. Resolve to be Christ to them this year. In return, they’ll become Christ to you, and your Advent will be doubly blessed. Read more

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