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The World’s Greatest Dad

Elizabeth Lev explores the virtues of fatherhood as depicted in the works of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682). Famous for his Madonnas, Murillo was a pioneer in the depiction of the greatest earthly father, St. Joseph. In order to convey the character of the man Christ chose to educate him in the virtuous of manhood, “MurilloContinue reading “The World’s Greatest Dad”

Giving Good Things

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children: how much more will your Father, who is in heaven, give good things to them that ask him? Matthew 7:11 St. Paul tells us that “all paternity in heaven and earth is named” after “the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ”Continue reading “Giving Good Things”

A Familiar Trick

The days between Christmas and New Year’s day are allowed as holidays. From what I know of the effect of these holidays upon the slave, I believe them to be among the most effective means in the hands of the slaveholder in keeping down the spirit of insurrection. This will be seen by the fact,Continue reading “A Familiar Trick”

Fighting for Peace

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Matthew 5:9 As Father Kirby reminds us, St. Augustine defined peace as the “tranquility of order.” In its proper place, including right relations with other creatures, every being is good. Only the disorder produced by ripping a thing out of its properContinue reading “Fighting for Peace”

Unquenchable Cravings

Many waters cannot quench charity, neither can the floods drown it: If a man should give all the substance of his house for love, He shall despise it as nothing. Canticle of Canticles 8:7 Friday being the day of Our Lord’s Passion, it is good to commemorate it not only by abstaining from meat, orContinue reading “Unquenchable Cravings”

That Kind of Fool

We all need to unwind sometimes, as this charming ditty reminds us: Time to leave a few rows half-hoed, and pursue a bit of geographical winding and cogitational unwinding with the family. Posting may be sporadic for a while. On off days, please know that I am praying for my regular, and occasional, readers. AndContinue reading “That Kind of Fool”

Look Upon Us

Give to everyone that asks thee. Luke 6:30 Silver and gold I have none; but what I have, I give thee. Acts 3:6 As St. Peter’s example shows, Christ’s command to give to everyone who asks something of us does not mean we must give everyone what they ask of us. Whether we measure ourContinue reading “Look Upon Us”

Finding Free Music

Crucial as the lending library is to the maintenance and advancement of civilization (though like any institution it is eminently corruptible), there is something to be said for the physical possession books of one’s very own. When it comes to music, some have similar notions about vinyl. Reactionary as I tend to be, and despiteContinue reading “Finding Free Music”

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