I read this anonymous little booklet many years ago, and during a recent re-organization of the house, I found it again. I realize now that many of my religious and… Read more After Chautauqua – A Pamphlet of Spiritual Unawakening →
My family was part of something like an ICC, and I was talking about a refinement of the idea, a “monastery for families,” at least 12 years ago. Most of… Read more My Reaction to the Benedict Option →
“Forgive,” the Church’s founder said. “Don’t judge or punish. I’ll atone.” For centuries the Christian Church refused to cast the first stone. “Do good,” our great apostle warned. “The king holds not the sword in vain.” So Christian nations asked for earthly justice from the one who’d reign. Now times have changed. The saints demand a swordless civil government While feeling personally free to slander Christian presidents.
It’s a book, and I’ve read much of the first chapter, and it just happens to loosely tie in to a discussion involved in our most recent challenge. And it’s interesting and sound. And it reminds me a little of how sadly off the U.S. has been without established religion. Here’s the link. Take a look at the first chapter, at least. Hymns were the primary part of my early poetic experience – I mean earlier than when I began to read regular poetry. If that’s like you, you may find as… Read more Link: The Hymn as Literature →
O WORLD invisible, we view thee, O world intangible, we touch thee, O world unknowable, we know thee, Inapprehensible, we clutch thee! Does the fish soar to find the ocean, The eagle plunge to find the air– That we ask of the stars in motion If they have rumor of thee there? Not where the wheeling systems darken, And our benumbed conceiving soars!– The drift of pinions, would we hearken, Beats at our own clay-shuttered doors. The angels keep their ancient places– Turn but a stone and start a wing! Tis… Read more Poetry Survey Series Post Ten: The Kingdom of God by Francis Thompson →
This is another post based on a comment I wanted to make on another blog but it got too long. Nathan Bransford recently posted a 100-year best-seller list alongside a list of the books that were published in the same year that are now considered Best Books by Modern Library. His contention is that there is no golden era of literature – that the books we revere from the past were not better liked during their time than literary novels are during our own time. I think this is an… Read more Why New Literature is Different From Old Literature →
Large families, when things are oiled smoothly with courtesy and grace and fair treatment and forgiveness… and good food and other things… can be very merry groups of people. Josh and I are fortunate to have lots of siblings and cousins and aunts and uncles and grandparents, and getting together with them is one of the great pleasures of our lives. When you’re freshly married there’s a strong pull in another direction – to form a family identity for your new family. A big extended family is somewhere between public… Read more Holidays; Family; Santa; Generosity; Expectations; Stockings; Tradition; The Prince of Liechtenstein; Best Kid Gifts →
So if every one is supposed to govern himself and his own affairs and not steal the power of others or cede his own power to someone else – what is obedience for? Christians particularly may wonder about this, given scriptural admonitions about obedience. Obedience is not giving your power to someone else and it is certainly not allowing anyone else to take your power – the coherence of your soul, your will. Obedience is the only civilized way of wielding someone else’s power on their behalf, as their steward.… Read more Power and Obedience →