Archive | March, 2016

This Good Friday

First the dough: flour, yeast, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, lemon and orange zest. And sugar. Milk, eggs, butter. And currants. Don’t forget the currants. Mixed, kneaded, left to rise in an oiled bowl, covered with plastic wrap, not a tea towel, in the warm oven. Next, prayer. Get the kids into clothes, shoes, socks, and […]

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The Cross, the Tree of Life

“In the centre of Paradise there was a tree. It was used by the serpent to deceive our first parents. Take note of this surprising fact: that to deceive man the serpent resorted to a feeling inherent in his nature. When he formed man, besides a general understanding of the world, the Lord had actually […]

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In Memoriam William F. Herrick

I had this book of poetry that I’d bought used somewhere. Two years ago I posted a lovely poem from it on my blog. Sometime later the poet, William Herrick, found my blog post and left me a comment and I was excited that he’d seen it. His friend later wrote to tell me that […]

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St Elizabeth Seton on Suffering and the Cross

I’ve been reading this book about St. Elizabeth Seton and this section about suffering and the Cross really spoke to me as I’ve been trying to find comforting words for friends who are suffering and hoping that their suffering would be taken away. I found that St Elizabeth offered something very different to her suffering […]

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Concerning Chocolate Crosses

I forgot to post it yesterday, but I have a piece appearing at Aleteia. Yesterday it was the top story: Do Chocolate Crosses Cross a Line Into Irreverence? While searching for allergen-free Easter basket goodies, I stumbled across an old article arguing that chocolate crosses cross the line. Where I had been thrilled to find […]

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