Your desire is an infinite thing. Were it not, no virtue would have value or life. For I who am infinite God want you to serve me with what is infinite, and you have nothing infinite except your soul’s love and desire. Eternal Truth to St. Catherine of Sienna What do you think? Please comment, subscribe, &Continue reading “An Infinite Thing”
It is surely a profound relief to many an American breadwinner, whose workmates may happen to number a hundred or more, to learn that the highest court in the land will not countenance the attempts of a distant agency, charged with maintaining workplace safety, to force his employer to treat him as a guinea pigContinue reading “Watching the Watchmen Wobble”
Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine. 2 Timothy 4:2 To be out of season, in these days of darkness, means among other things to get on the wrong side of YouTube. What that takes, in the present moment, is to speak the truthContinue reading “Out of Season”
Years ago, the immortal David Warren admitted to the guilty pleasure of enjoying the Christmas Mass of Jakub Jan Ryba (1765 – 1815), amidst the austerities of Lent. The occasion serves to illustrate the true value of asceticism, the purpose of which is not so much to have us forego what is good, as toContinue reading “Hail, Master!”
Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen,Let honor to thee, O God, be sung;Dir sei Lob und Dank bereit.For thee, let praise and thanks be prepared!Dich erhebet alle Welt,All the world exalts thee,Weil dir unser Wohl gefällt,Because our welfare is pleasing to thee;Weil anheutBecause today,Unser aller Wunsch gelungen,All our wishes have been achieved;Weil uns dein Segen soContinue reading “Where Honor is Due”
Through the Mystery of the Word made flesh, new radiance from thy glory has so shone on the eye of the soul that the recognition of our God made visible draws us to love what is invisible. Roman Missal Even as the elements of the world conspire to bring it down, the heart is liftedContinue reading “The Snare is Broken!”
And the light shines in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:5 Traditionally, Christmas is a season of warmth and light. Even as the northern hemisphere reaches its darkest days, and the arctic blasts of January approach, the world sparkles with tinsel and smiles, and ubiquitous signs of universal good cheer. AtContinue reading “Christmas Cheer”
Tomorrow shall the iniquity of the earth be abolished: and the Savior of the world shall reign over us. O God, who dost gladden us by the yearly expectation of our redemption, grant that we, who now joyfully receive thine only-begotten Son as our Redeemer, may also without fear behold him coming as our Judge!Continue reading “The Savior Comes!”
Today is the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, popularly known as the most skeptical member of the Lord’s inner circle. The more I reflect on the nature and fruit of his incredulity, the more it seems to me that Thomas’s hesitancy, and subsequent surrender, contain profound lessons on the nature of genuine faith. ProtestantsContinue reading “Do not Be Deceived”
Psychologically speaking, July of 2020 was several eons ago. This blog, born of my feeble attempts to make sense of a crumbling social order, had not yet been conceived. In the course of those feeble efforts, however, one memorable moment was my first encounter with the writings of Angelo Codevilla, whose The Covid Coup wasContinue reading “A Saintly Machiavel”
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