Author Archive | Melanie Bettinelli

Beyond the Mystery Is Mercy

When the great moment arrived and the voice of God became audible at Sinai, what mysteries did it disclose? I apocalyptic visions one is shown “the treasuries of the stars,” mountains of gold, seas of glass, cities of jasper. Did Israel learn anything at Sinai about the enigmas of the universe? About the conditions of […]

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L’Esprit-Saint et Marie

  L’Esprit-Saint et Marie One of the priests from our parish is from Haiti. I love his homilies on the Sundays that he says Mass, about once a month. I also love his weekly French-language column in the bulletin. I like to read it to practice my French, but I also find that sometimes I […]

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Flowers by the Sea

Flowers by the Sea When over the flowery, sharp pasture’s edge, unseen, the salt ocean lifts its form—chicory and daisies tied, released, seem hardly flowers alone but color and the movement—or the shape perhaps—of restlessness, whereas the sea is circled and sways peacefully upon its plantlike stem –William Carlos Williams     This poem was […]

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Reading Notes August 2017

Finished in August 1. The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester Since I enjoyed Winchester’s The Map that Changed the World, I decided to finally give this book a try. I first heard about it years ago and it’s taken a long time for me to decide to actually get a copy and read […]

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The Marvelous Gift of the Body

“It is customary to speak of “the indomitable human spirit” as that which carries man through crises like this, but the body surely merits more attention than it usually gets. Not the trained, beautifully conditioned body of the athlete, but the weak, underfed, and ordinary body with which we are all endowed. It was under […]

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