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Three Sonnets for Thanksgiving


The chill in autumn with damp, dreary weather, The harvest all gathered before the storm. The November feast brings family together, With great delights of fall the soul to warm. Preparations first on the football field, The kitchen next with oven hot blazing, The smells, the spices, the potatoes all peeled, Sautéing, seasoning, sour-dough raising. The... [Read more...]

Newman on Vatican II


This December 8th will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the close of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65). The Council treated a wide range of themes, many of which were anticipated by the nineteenth-century convert to Catholicism, Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman. Recently, Newman’s preeminent biographer, Fr. Ian Ker, has written a short book on how... [Read more...]

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Quia pius es


November is traditionally devoted to prayer for the holy souls in Purgatory, and in the Requiem Mass the Church offers us a powerful way to intercede on their behalf. The prayers of this Mass, perhaps most well-known from Mozart’s setting of them, guide the Christian through the terrors of death and judgment to confident rest in the Lord. This post offers reflections upon some of those prayers, beginning with the Officium (or Introit). Requiem aeternam... [Read more...]

Christ’s Kingdom


As the Church year ends, the focus of liturgical readings becomes especially apocalyptic.  In a certain sense, it is particularly appropriate that the feast of Christ the King was moved to the final Sunday in Ordinary Time, for these two things coincide: the second coming of Christ is when His Kingdom will be perfectly and definitively established.  “Then comes the end,” St. Paul says, “when he hands over the kingdom to his God and Father,... [Read more...]

What is It about Mystery?


What do “mystery-buffs” want to see in a summertime page-turner or an addictive Netflix series?  Besides basic motivations to relax or to pass one’s time, many people are simply fascinated by a good mystery.  And this is true not only for those who frequented the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew volumes in the stacks of the middle school library.  One author attributes this fascination to a built-in problem-solving attitude and an “inclination... [Read more...]

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