Tenor (Hope): I do not fear the grave’s darkness Alto (Fear): I fear indeed the grave’s darkness Tenor (Hope): and hoped that my savior should not be torn away. Alto (Fear): and mourned that my savior should be torn away. Both: Now my heart is full of comfort, and if an enemy is infuriated, IContinue reading “Conquer in God”
Then cometh Simon Peter, following him, and went into the sepulcher: and saw the linen cloths lying, and the napkin that had been about his head, not lying with the linen cloths, but apart, wrapped up into one place. Then that other disciple also went in, who came first to the sepulcher: and he sawContinue reading “Only a Slumber”
Holy Saturday commemorates the day between our Lord’s brutal execution, and his glorious resurrection. From the rising of today’s sun, to the setting of the same, his precious body was separated from his human soul, such that he who is eternal Life truly experienced the deprivations of death. God, of course, cannot die, and suchContinue reading “Setting a Watch”
After her shall virgins be brought to the king: her neighbors shall be brought to thee. They shall be brought with gladness and rejoicing: they shall be brought into the temple of the King. Psalm 44:15-16 As James Bogle stresses, in the latest edition of Inside the Vatican, Christ is the one and only HeadContinue reading “Brought to the King”
As this blog has had occasion to remark, the 50th Psalm (Miserere) represents a spiritual drama, in which King David struggles with all his might to find his Lord, only to realize that it is the Lord who seeks him. Steeped in sin as we are, our nature still cries out for our Creator. DueContinue reading “Regaining a Princely Spirit”
Lent begins with the Devil tempting Christ to cast himself from the pinnacle of the temple, with abusive reference to the ninetieth Psalm: “He has given his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways . . . lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.” Though man lives “in every wordContinue reading “Minding Our Spiritual Step”
There shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch as to deceive (if possible) even the elect. Matthew 24:24 Is it possible to deceive the elect? Strictly speaking, the elect are those who will finally be saved, and as such any who may be deceived, will at last—byContinue reading “Deceiving the Elect?”
It was a popular sport in days of old—to pit savage bulldogs against a chained ursus, for the amusement of spectators, curious to see how many canines the latter could tear apart, before itself succumbing to the effects of innumerable wounds. While no analogy is perfect, it is difficult to shake the impression that somethingContinue reading “Bear Baiting”
Unless firearms are actually involved, I am no fan of trigger warnings. Still, I must warn Dear Reader that the videos below contain disturbing images of real-life violence. As this violence is being committed by a government neighboring my own, one that claims to lead the world in its dedication to human rights, and oneContinue reading “Still Standing”
John Locke reminds us that the Latin rebellare means to “bring back again the state of war.” War, as Locke usefully defines it, is a state that ensues “when someone declares by word or action,” “as a matter of calm settled design,” “that he intends to end another man’s life,” or to “get another manContinue reading “The Real Rebels”
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