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 the bride can represent Israel, the Church, the blessed Virgin, […]

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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 from the womb at birth—signify the new birth of the Church, which is […]

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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, Christ’s love for the Church, the soul’s quest for mystical union. But understanding […]

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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: if you want to know what is the difference […]

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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 jumble in words. And, oddly, I’m not sure I want to. At […]

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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 I had to say. I should probably just go to bed. This blog entry […]

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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 comfortable even acknowledging the possibility of true evil. Many people even wanted to exonerate the 9-11 hijackers, they weren’t evil, just oppressed. If anything […]

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On testing and education

http://www.boston.com/news/education/k_12/articles/2005/03/09/for_sat_takers_a_new_test/ 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 gear all their teaching toward the test and […]

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