“Usury”

By |2021-01-17T20:35:19-06:00January 17th, 2021|Categories: Poetry|

It is the strong young men of sturdy frame, sound minds, skilled hands, stout hearts, spirits stalwart, who build nations: who man and nature tame; who erect the edificial rampart of a paterfamilial surname; who by their labors arête impart, [1] who then these things defend. […]

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas: Belloc & Eliot on Twelfth Night & Epiphany

By |2021-01-05T12:21:37-06:00January 5th, 2021|Categories: Christianity, Christmas, Hilaire Belloc, Joseph Pearce, Literature, Poetry, Senior Contributors, T.S. Eliot|

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas two of my great loves sent to me a couple of great meditations on the mystery of the Nativity. The first and better-known meditation is by T.S. Eliot, whose “Journey of the Magi” places the poet in the entourage of the Three Wise Men as they journey to [...]

“Lammas”

By |2020-12-10T12:52:09-06:00January 3rd, 2021|Categories: Poetry|

The Summer Sun has burned the crop of wheat. The ears of corn have ripened on the stalk. We pick and grind them to make a treat Formed from the four elements; yet we balk: […]

The Poetry and Particularity of Mary

By |2020-12-23T18:44:54-06:00December 24th, 2020|Categories: Christmas, Dwight Longenecker, Poetry, Senior Contributors|

At the Annunciation, in a room in Nazareth, the fresh innocence of Eve is recapitulated, but in a new configuration. This is the nature of creation: that all things general, to become real, must become particular. It should therefore not come as a surprise that God Himself should also take particular flesh from a particular [...]

“Greening the Church”

By |2020-12-15T11:14:45-06:00December 22nd, 2020|Categories: Christmas, Poetry|

We bring into the church the evergreen, Fresh boughs of trees that last all winter long. And as we place them round, we sing a song About peace on earth, goodwill to men. We set them up to decorate, it seems, To bring some festive Christmas cheer along. […]

“Promenade on the Nevsky Prospekt”

By |2020-12-20T12:40:36-06:00December 20th, 2020|Categories: Poetry, Russia|

This gentleman evidently belonged to the category of those people who wish the Government to interfere in everything, even in their daily quarrels with their wives. —”The Nose” by Nikolai Gogol Braving the blust’ring blizzarding snow, lo, I am the poet Zhivago buffeted by this fierce maelstrom sent by grim Russian wintry discontent. [...]

“Crossroads”

By |2020-12-14T12:49:52-06:00December 14th, 2020|Categories: Poetry|

We shall meet again Whether in this life or the next I will always find my way to you No matter where I shall go Whether it be Beyond the flat plains, or Beyond the soaring mountains, or Beyond the seven seas […]

Christina Rossetti’s “Advent Sunday”

By |2020-12-16T16:13:04-06:00December 12th, 2020|Categories: Audio/Video, Christianity, Malcolm Guite, Poetry|

Advent is a season for stillness, for quiet, for discernment. It is a season of active waiting, straining forward, listening, attentive and finely tuned. Its good to keep a quiet space, a sacred time, an untrammelled sanctuary away from the pressures, to be still and hear again one’s deepest yearnings for a saviour. I hope [...]

Poems and a Poor Old Lady in December

By |2020-12-11T16:27:33-06:00December 11th, 2020|Categories: Christmas, Poetry|

The experience of the Nativity that we celebrate every year naturally rouses feelings of joy and thanksgiving. The importance of the Advent season is that it tells us how to be receivers, and receiving is a humbling act that requires a recognition of some form of poverty within us. A most welcome December, and [...]

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