Romeo and Juliet. Dead. Tristan. Dead. Troilus. Dead. In literature the fastest way to die is to fall in love. For those of you who are trying to guess Negan’s victim in The Walking Dead, just remember that to fall in love with Rick or Sasha is the most dangerous move you can make on … More Why is Love Linked with Death in Courtly Literature?
S. Thomae Aquinatis Rhythmus ad SS. Sacramentum ‘Adoro te supplex, latens deitas’ Godhead, I adore thee fast in hiding; thou God in these bare shapes, poor shadows, darkling now: See, Lord, at thy service low lies here a heart Lost, all lost in wonder at the God thou art. Seeing, touching, tasting, are in thee … More A Retreat with Hopkins: Holy Thursday
Personalism is notoriously difficult to define. Sometimes I’ll read a writer and think, “this is personalism,” but then have trouble articulating exactly how. This is why Jacques Maritain quipped in The Person and the Common Good that “there are, at least, a dozen personalist doctrines, which, at times, have nothing more in common than the term … More Why I’m a Personalist Part 1
I was reminded recently of the Poet Laureate’s project, La Casa de Colores. It’s this wonderful idea of gathering so many voices together on a single theme. I keep meaning to contribute but haven’t yet. Looking at it again, I was struck by Herrera’s voice: Hello everyone and welcome to La Casa de Colores, my … More La Casa de Colores
Last year, my favorite sister’s special day nearly passed me by. That’s not going to happen this year. Here’s my nuntastic post on Scholastica that was a day late on February 11th 2015. Yesterday was Scholastica’s feast day. The little that we know about her comes from a delightful short narrative in Gregory’s Dialogues: [Benedict’s] … More Learning from Scholastica
Only a few more days left until The Force Awakens comes out and ’tis the season to remember that this happened… That can’t be unseen. And here’s a further message from our favorite princess: This holiday is yours, but we all share with you the hope that this day brings us closer to freedom, and … More Happy Life Day!
I did not expect to see Roland Barthes trending today. But it makes me think that there might just be hope for us yet. Yesterday would have been his 100th birthday. To celebrate, I thought we could look at something a little brighter than the death of the author. In “Caritas Incarnate: A Tale of Love … More Happy Birthday Roland!
I’m picking my wife up at the airport today. I wrote before about how I moved from John Donne’s “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning” to Jack Gilbert’s “Highlights and Interstices” as ways to understand our time in different states, but this is now the poem for today: Love, what a long way, to arrive at a … More Un Soneto para Mi Amor
Br. Monday has been through a lot since we first met him. That original wide-eyed innocence has been replaced by wide-eyed horror. But we’re all about healing and hope here, so we aren’t giving up on Br. Monday. Here’s a recounting of his healing process from his retreat to the new mission statement. 1. Design Br. … More The Healing of Br. Monday