Burdened under the Law

Detroit Photographic Co. & Library of Congress, A lumber pack Burdened under the Law

The Church’s moral law has received attention in the public square for many years now, on topics ranging from contraception to torture. These sorts of discussions take place within the Church as well, as seen in the current discussion on civil divorce and remarriage. It often happens that people are... [Read more...]

Embrace of the Cross

A crucifix on a desk Embrace of the Cross

The idea of a hug from Jesus can bring to mind the figure of a blue-eyed man with tousled brown hair, probably a big beard, and a cheesy grin with his arms stretched wide waiting for you. Or this time of year, we might think of a cute baby stretching out his hands with a lovely smile. Maybe these images... [Read more...]

Summit and Font: The Church’s Liturgy

Summit and Font: The Church’s Liturgy

Alcuin Reid, ed., T&T Clark Companion to Liturgy. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016. Liturgy is central to the life of the Catholic Christian and to the activity of the whole Church. This has been the case since the days of the Apostles, and the liturgy has grown with and been shaped by the... [Read more...]

The Very Stones Will Cry Out

Excavated stones from the Wall of the 2nd Temple (Jerusalem) The Very Stones Will Cry Out

Lucius walked the dusty streets, twisting his fingers in careful patterns, practicing yesterday’s lesson. He was a clever and talented student, so the pebble he was looking at obediently skipped alongside him. By now the route was familiar, although he remained fascinated by the great stone bridges... [Read more...]

Fixer Uppers

Fixer Uppers

We all need to be fixed. Of course, we generally try to avoid admitting this to each other, and so it’s often God Who gets to hear the most about our brokenness. “Jesus, I really hurt my brother this morning. Please fix me so I can love him better.” This isn’t a bad prayer. Sometimes we truly... [Read more...]

Deus ex machina

An eagle Deus ex machina

Many a budding literary scholar is happy to mock deus ex machina wherever it appears. We’re often taught that this device is used only by incompetent writers or film directors who drive their characters into impossible situations but are too weak to allow the story to take its natural course. Of course,... [Read more...]

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