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Rediscovering the Saints of Old

For the past six months or so I've immersed myself in church history, and it has been glorious. It's also been a humbling, frustrating, and empowering experience. For one thing, I've seen that there really isn't anything new under the sun: most (if not all) of the struggles the Church faces today have plagued her… Continue reading Rediscovering the Saints of Old

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The Great Eucatastrophe: Good Friday and Notre-Dame

Then the young hero (who was God almighty) Got ready, resolute and strong in heart. He climbed onto the lofty gallows-tree, Bold in the sight of many watching men, When He intended to redeem mankind. --From “The Dream of the Rood" (Anglo-Saxon, 8th century, trans. Richard Hammer in 1970) Today is Good Friday, the first… Continue reading The Great Eucatastrophe: Good Friday and Notre-Dame

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Of Lenten Thoughts and the Story of Saint Patrick

I turned 27 two Sundays ago. It's an elegant number, I think--far more so than 26. Maybe I'm odd, but I associate numbers with colors. 26, for example, is a somewhat boring grey with just a hint of blue, but 27 is a rich emerald green. I don't know why, but that's what it looks… Continue reading Of Lenten Thoughts and the Story of Saint Patrick