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Memento mori

We come to the end of the time of Lent on Holy Thursday, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, commemorating the Passover Seder meal Jesus shared with his disciples beginning with the washing of the disciple’s feet by their Master … Continue reading

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Another entrée into Holy Week

The Man Born to Be King, published toward the end of Dorothy Sayers’s prolific career, is a faithful account of the four gospels in dramatic form. A 12 play-cycle, it was written for radio broadcasting and was performed on BBC … Continue reading

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Preparing for Holy Week in isolation…

We began Lent with a meditation by the late Dominican priest, Fr. Michael Morris, OP, on the Pieter Bruegel the Elder painting, The Fight Between Carnival and Lent. Now, approaching the annual Paschal drama beginning with Palm Sunday it seemed … Continue reading

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Some malady is coming upon us…

from T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral – Part 1 But mostly we are left to our own devices. And we are content if we are left alone. We try to keep our households in order; The merchant, shy and … Continue reading

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Virtual Via Dolorosa

By following the link in the image above we may experience the traditional Lenten reflection on the Stations of the Cross as depicted by Vonn Hartung in his beautiful paintings accompanied by Gregorian chant. It only takes 5 minutes to … Continue reading

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Western Genius

It is a good time to recall what the Stanford professor Robert Harrison has written in his fine book Juvenescence , “The greatness of Western civilization, for all its disfiguring vices, consists in the fact that it has repeatedly found … Continue reading

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Imagine…a virus stalking through the modern State

On a virus of a different sort, no less mortally lethal and considerably more morally so: About the fate of post-Christian Western cultures G. K. Chesterton cannot be thought overly optimistic. But in one small way – having to do … Continue reading

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Love your neighbor as yourself…

“In vain we shall search the world before Christ for this kind of outlook of man on his fellow man; we shall find it neither in Plato, who speaks nobly of Eros, nor in the treatises of Aristotle and Cicero … Continue reading

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A Viral Hegemonic Discourse

Over the past weeks it has been amazing to see how quickly our focus has shifted from what seemed at the time matters of urgent concern to another crisis of world altering dimensions. As we all hunker down and pray … Continue reading

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Enthusiastically Ecclesisatic…

“For myself,” said Origen, “I desire to be truly ecclesiastic.” He thought – and rightly – that there was no other way of being a Christian in the full sense. And anyone who is possessed by a similar desire will … Continue reading

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