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Standing in awe . . .

Imagine reading a splendid poem – using the adjective with all its richness – and being “struck” by its loveliness. It arrests the reader. It takes him to a new place, as we say. It enchants him. Or say one … Continue reading

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Modification of Mortification

“The modification in the spiritual attitude that is contained in this transition from patristic to modern piety can be described as the change from a world-condemning ‘dying to the world’ to a world-affirming ‘dying to the world.’ In other words, … Continue reading

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Spring Newsletter – Home Alone Edition

New in our store this month are Gil Bailie’s Reflections on T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral and The Hollow Men. Our donors who support our efforts with gifts of $5 per month ($60/yr) or more will receive a complimentary … Continue reading

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Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

Vonn Hartung shares a beautiful 10 minute meditation on the Stations of the Resurrection – the Via Lucis. Easter blessings!

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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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