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As a mother comforts her son

“Oh that you may suck fully of the milk of her comfort That you may nurse with delight at her abundant breasts! . . . As nurslings you shall be carried in her arms, and fondled in her lap; as a mother comforts her son, so I will comfort you; in Jerusalem you shall find […]

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Adoration

In Ghirlandaio’s Adoration of the Shepherds the infant Jesus isn’t laid in the manger but on the ground next to it. Probably because if Christ were laid in the manger that Ghirlandaio gives us, we wouldn’t be able to see him. Ghirlandaio’s feeding trough is an interesting artifact: a marble ancient Roman sarcophagus. In medieval […]

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Susan in Exile?

An interesting brief article came to my notice this week about the figure or “archetype” of the “Susan” in juvenile fiction– The Susan: Story of an Archetype, and Why We Need Her by Alice Nuttall. It’s sparked a brilliant conversation online and I’m brimming over with thoughts that want to organize themselves into something more […]

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Salt

  I’ve been reading Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky. It begins in ancient China, documenting how this mineral, which is necessary to human life, also became one of the first forms of currency and one of the first economic commodities, allowing people to preserve and transport food. In today’s Office of Readings is […]

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When the Holy Child Knocks

In Green Dolphin Street, Elizabeth Goudge’s novel set partly in the Channel Islands in the 1830s there’s a marvelous scene in which a young girl meets an elderly nun which illustrates the power of intercessory prayer in a powerful and poetic way. Young Marguerite wanders into a forbidden bay while on a picnic with her […]

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How to Hide the Medicine: Chris Pratt’s Nine Rules for Life

I don’t watch award shows, but Chris Pratt’s MTV awards acceptance speech was being shared widely on social media yesterday. And I really cannot rave about it enough. To say that it might be my favorite acceptance speech ever doesn’t really do it justice because who rates acceptance speeches. Instead, I’ll say it’s been one […]

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