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Melanie Bettinelli

more on Songs

This article is a history of interpretation of song of songs. The author seems to see the various interpretations as necessarily at odds with one another, as if only one can be true at a time. So he doesn’t see that in the Catholic tradition...

reflections

The cross is the wedding bed where the bridegroom, Christ, consumates his union with his bride, the Church who springs from his side as Eve did from Adam’s. The water and blood that poured from his wound—as water and blood pour forth...

Song of Songs

Trying to find guides to the literal level of the Song of Songs… so many commentators jump to the higher levels of meaning, skipping this crucial first level of meaning. I understand that it can be read as God’s love for Israel...

The Passion

Watching The Passion with the confirmation kids. They were all good. Left as soon as the movie was over. No talking. Too bad, I wanted to hear their reactions, won’t see them for two weeks since next Sunday is Easter. I wanted to say to them:...

last supper—transcript of IM chat

Terri says: I love the last supper, but pictures of it are usually so boring. Why is it there are so few really amazing pictures of it? Just because people are struggling to get everyong into the picture, so its too crowded? Thirteen people gathered...

The news

I suppose I should officially record, for posterity or something, my thoughts on being engaged. But the fact is everyone who reads this already knows the facts. And as for what I think or feel, I don’t think I can adequately capture that...

happy thoughts

Peggy Noonan said it much better than I could, but this is a news story that makes me smile.
And I really like her title with its reference to Flannery O’Connor. Since I’m on an O’Connor kick right now.

random latenightness

Don’t really have anything to say, but don’t want to go to sleep. Too much caffeine too late at night. Thoughts bouncing around in my head like a pinball machine… ding, ding, ding, TILT… But I can’t remember what it was...

Good vs. Evil

judging from the mainstream media, Hollywood, and my college freshmen, in contemporary American culture “good” usually means “whatever makes me feel pleasure” and bad “whatever is unpleasant.” Very few people feel...

On testing and education

one the one hand I am glad more emphasis is being put on writing and if this gets more teachers to take writing seriously that would be a good thing. However, the article itself points out many of my reservations: many teachers will be tempted to...

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