Music, Quote of the Day, Religion

“We are an Easter People, and Alleluia is our song!”

It’s true that I haven’t been able to find a single source pointing me to the place where the putative author of today’s quote said exactly these words, even in translation (perhaps someone could help me out). But they are widely attributed to St. Augustine, and certainly embody the spirit of his Easter Reflections, an… Continue reading “We are an Easter People, and Alleluia is our song!”

History, Literature, Quote of the Day, Religion

“Lucent syrops, tinct with cinnamon”: The Eve of St. Agnes

Happy Eve of St. Agnes Day!  The sun has come up, the earth is still turning, and life goes on in these United States. Today is, according to legend, the 1718th anniversary of the eve of the martyrdom of St. Agnes of Rome, patron saint of young girls and defender of the chaste.  Brutally murdered… Continue reading “Lucent syrops, tinct with cinnamon”: The Eve of St. Agnes

Beauty, Music, Religion

A Sweet Tooth (This New Year of 2022) for Song and Music

So, reposting here--because just as it was appropriate for the Polish Pope's birthday, it's appropriate for Christmas--one which was originally posted on Ricochet, 5/2/2018.  Funnily, I see this post has been stolen elsewhere since.  It's all good.  The medium is the message.  And the message is what counts, no matter which of you decides to… Continue reading A Sweet Tooth (This New Year of 2022) for Song and Music

Family Matters, History, Medieval, Religion

The Power, and the Glory, of the Word

The church of my childhood was St. Mary’s, Handsworth, just outside Birmingham, in England. Although I probably attended services there only a few dozen times, while we stayed with Granny and Grandpa during my father’s infrequent “leave” periods from the Colonial Service in Nigeria, it was a bulwark of stability in my life. Like the… Continue reading The Power, and the Glory, of the Word

Family, Family Matters, Friendship, Home, Religion

Putting Up the Christmas Tree

I offer you another seasonal post, this one of which was first published on Ricochet eight Decembers ago.  In fact, it was one of my first posts on the site, after I'd worked up the nerve--having been there for a couple of years, lurking and making the occasional tentative comment--to start writing my heart out. … Continue reading Putting Up the Christmas Tree

Family, Religion

Occasional Quote of the Day: On Forgiving

Time, I think, to re-post this.  Something I put up here more than a year ago--on August 25, 2020--at which point it was exactly two years since I'd first posted it on Ricochet.  I guess what I'm saying is that the facts, information, and sentiment expressed here are some 3 1/4 years old.  But, in… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: On Forgiving

Culture, Family, Life, Religion

Musical Mondays: Amazing Grace

Fifty-eight years ago today (November 22, 1963) Clive Staples Lewis departed this earth, within only a few hours of the man whose death owns this day.  (Same same Aldous Huxley.) And yet. When asked some years before that fateful date, what might be Christianity's unique contribution amongst the religions of the world, Lewis had (to… Continue reading Musical Mondays: Amazing Grace

Culture, Life, Religion

Headscratcher: What’s the Greatest “Deadly Sin?”

I vote: Envy. (Justification to follow at some point.) You? For clarification, and a starting point, from an old edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica--not so much (like the King James Bible) "the actual words Christ spoke" but close, and as described by Pope Gregory the Great in the 6th Century AD, your choices are: vainglory,… Continue reading Headscratcher: What’s the Greatest “Deadly Sin?”

Culture, Politics, Religion

Take That, Netflix!!

In the eyes of this crazy British lady (for that is what I am, all rumors to the contrary notwithstanding), I think the wearer of The Crown (The. Real. One.) outdid herself today with her annual Christmas message. Delivered perfectly–she’s 94 years old, for Pete’s sake, and puts almost any decades-younger American politician that springs readily… Continue reading Take That, Netflix!!