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Melanie Bettinelli

Desire for the Vision of God

detail Presentation in the Temple by Rembrandt From the Office of Readings on Friday This was exactly what I needed to read. And fits so well with my recent thoughts about icons and God’s face… but it was a little long to include in that...

An Icon of the Face of God

Saint John Damascene and St Cosmas from The Menologion of Basil II Saint John of Damascus lived during the time of the iconoclasm controversy when the Emperor banned the veneration of icons. John wrote three treatises defending the practice of...

To Open the Doors of Hope

Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The purpose of the Church’s year is continually to run through her...

To new beginnings

It’s been pretty quiet around here. Fallow season, I guess. Things germinating below the surface while very little writing gets done. At least not here. Two weeks ago I had surgery, a hernia repair. Recovery is going very well, but I’ve...

Waiting for Angels

I’ve decided to make a sort of scrapbook or commonplace book for Advent. Collecting images and words that speak to me. I thought maybe someone else might like to ponder along with me. Please share your thoughts about the words and images...

Book Notes October 2020

Woman reading (portrait of the artist’s wife) by Ivan Kramskoi 1. Battle Ground by Jim Butcher Latest in the Dresden Files series, Battle Ground didn’t disappoint. The Dresden Files is a rare series that isn’t getting even a little bit tired...

Book Notes from August and September 2020

With the ending of the summer and the beginning of a new school year I've been busy reading but not writing so much about what I've been reading. So these are the books that I've finished, as best as I can recall.

Resurrection and the Feast of the Guardian Angels

I love the sacrament of confession and God’s mercy but still I am human and frail and my brain is somewhat broken and so I have great anxiety about going, despite the fact that, intellectually, I fully assent. My anxiety has reasons that have to do...

Rosemary Sutcliff on Learning to Read

It seems to me now surprising that with so much else going on, I was also having lessons. Or more truthfully, sitting through lessons with practically nothing to show for them afterwards. That was not my mother’s fault. She tried so hard; she had...

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