Tag: Lent

Putting Mobbishness on the Shelf

 

In episode 342 of the Ricochet podcast, James Delingpole said, “I don’t even know why anyone even cares what conservatism is anymore.” And I’m so glad he did. This is exactly what I was getting at when I wrote There’s No Philosophy In It two weeks ago.

You see, James Delingpole is at war. He says so explicitly. David Limbaugh says the same in episode 340. And they are right. There is a war. They are at war. But I’m not.

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In the first edition of my first book in my Hidden Angels science fiction series, the first chapter was originally titled, “The End.” As the writer, this made perfect sense to me. It was the end of the character’s life in one place. It was also the beginning of his life in another place. Moreover, […]

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If we would “loose the bands of wickedness” we must learn to fast from all unworthy thought and feast on the good and the true. To observe Lent according to the spirit rather than the letter we must fast from criticism and condemnation and feast in brotherly love; fast from false beliefs in sickness and […]

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Advent Gratitude: The Liturgical Year Begins as Darkness Grows

 

shutterstock_251257738“the glory is fallen out of / the sky the last immortal / leaf / is // dead and the gold / year / a formal spasm / in the // dust / this is the passing of all shining things” … into the night so dark no night could be darker than, the cold so cold, no cold could be colder than; the journey through “The mile still left when all have reached / Their tether’s end: that mile / Where the Child lies hid.”

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not overmaster it. But neither has light overmastered the darkness: lights do not shine in darkness unless darkness predominates; when there’s mostly light, we see the darkness as residual shadows, not as the ambient state.

Darkness is in one sense the enemy of God, of Christ who is Light, whose dawn at Easter irreparably shatters the dark of death and hell, the light of the eighth, eternal day, shining for all days before and after:

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Lent started yesterday and I let it pass, busy and rushing at work. My sister and I aren’t Catholic, but we grew up with Catholic traditions. I read an email from a local church and the other from a website EWTN. Both talked about Lent for our day and time. I still let it pass, […]

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Spring is the season of renewal, where new life pushes from the mud and begins a new cycle, nourishing the earth.  It is also when Christians begin a time of reflection and introspection. Starting on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10th, is like being a seedling in the mud waiting for new growth to begin. I felt […]

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As a practicing Catholic, I take Lent seriously. My family knows that, Sundays and other feast days excepted, there will be no meat and a minimum of fuss on my table. My husband, a Jew comfortable raising his children as Hebrew Catholics, does not dread Lent. He happily married me when I ate no meat […]

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Merciful God, you called us forth from the dust of the earth; you claimed us for Christ in the waters of baptism. Look upon us as we enter these Forty Days bearing the mark of ashes, and bless our journey through the desert of Lent to the font of rebirth. May our fasting be hunger for justice; our alms, a […]

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