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  • 2017 December 3: The Star

    November 28, 2017 15:01

    There are many many elements to the Advent/Christmas Story, and one on which I would like to focus this season is ’The Star’.

    ’The Star in the East" is the tiniest of elements in the Christmas story, and additionally any given star is a tiny element in the night sky. Sure, some have argued that ’The Star’ which the Magi (Mages?) saw must have been particularly large to notice. But apparently only the Magi noticed it: not Herod, and not people in general. In other words, I would suggest that the Magi saw it when no one else did — apparently because they were Paying Attention.

  • 2017 November 26: All Glory, Laud and Honor

    November 26, 2017 10:30

    The original Latin words to “All Glory, Laud and Honor" were written by Theodulph of Orleans (760-821). Theodulph was born into the Ital­i­an no­bil­i­ty, but de­cid­ed on a life of re­li­gious ser­vice. His first po­si­tion was as ab­bot of a mon­as­te­ry in Fi­ren­ze (Flor­ence), Ita­ly. In 781, Char­le­magne ap­point­ed him Bi­shop of Or­leans, France. How­ev­er, his flour­ish­ing ca­reer came to an abrupt end with Char­le­magne’s death. Lou­is the Pi­ous sus­pect­ed The­o­dulph of se­cret loy­al­ty to po­li­ti­cal lead­ers in It­a­ly, the coun­try of his birth. These sus­pi­cions led to The­o­dulph’s im­pris­on­ment in An­giers in 818. It was there he wrote “All Glo­ry, Laud and Hon­or”, and later perished. (more )

  • 2017 November 19: A Wideness to God's Mercy

    November 19, 2017 10:30

    Frederick William Faber (1814-1863) was an English cleric, author and poet. Faber excelled in school, was awarded scholarships for his general scholarship as well as prizes for his poetry. Raised a Calvinist, as a young man he changed to the Anglican Church. Mind you, the Anglican Church included (and includes) strands that are essentially Catholic minus the Pope (the big sticking point for Henry VIII who founded the Anglican church) — and that was the strand which Faber joined. With time he ’finished the job’ and converted to Catholicism, and founded what amounted to a monastic order. He was a prolific author in spite of chronic ill health, writing hymns, epic poems and theological tomes (including an eight volume opus entitled "The Foot of the Cross").

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