ripened with legends

Translated by Stephen Spender and J. L. Gili from “Ballad of the Little Square” by Frederico Garcia Lorca: My heart of silk is filled with lights, with lost bells, with Lillie’s and bees. I will go very far, farther than those hills, farther than the seas, close to the stars, to beg Christ The LordContinue reading “ripened with legends”

a bit of overt pressure from his mother

The Jesus We Missed: The Surprising Truth About the Humanity of Christ┬áby Patrick Henry Reardon (excerpts from chapters 1 and 2): The problem, which is historical, is easily stated: Just where did Matthew and Luke discover the historical material that fills the first two chapters of each of these gospels? Since this material had notContinue reading “a bit of overt pressure from his mother”

joy of recovered childhood

The liturgy is, before everything else, the joyous gathering of those who are to meet the risen Lord and to enter with him into the bridal chamber. And it is this joy of expectation and this expectation of joy that are expressed in singing and ritual, in vestments and in censing, in that whole beautyContinue reading “joy of recovered childhood”