the strength of the hills is not ours

C.S. Lewis in a letter to Arthur Greeves, 22 June 1930: Tolkien once remarked to me that the feeling about home must have been quite different in the days when a family had fed on the produce of the same few miles of country for six generations, and that perhaps this was why they sawContinue reading “the strength of the hills is not ours”

contentment is powerful

My mother’s “agrarian vision” is very practical. She has practiced home economics— a phrase that fell out of fashion, I suppose, partly because it was considered a sexist term. (It is only sexist if one means that only one gender can practice it.) I believe that the phrase fell out of favor because it doesContinue reading “contentment is powerful”

thickened wine: summer’s blood

Blackberry-Picking by Seamus Heaney Late August, given heavy rain and sun For a full week, the blackberries would ripen. At first, just one, a glossy purple clot Among others, red, green, hard as a knot. You ate that first one and its flesh was sweet Like thickened wine: summer’s blood was in it Leaving stainsContinue reading “thickened wine: summer’s blood”

offering the world to God

It seems natural for man to experience the world as opaque, and not shot through with the presence of God. It seems natural not to live a life of thanksgiving for God’s gift of a world. …The natural dependence of man upon the world was intended to be transformed constantly into communion with God inContinue reading “offering the world to God”

one all-embracing banquet table

From the opening of chapter one in For the Life of the World by Alexander Schmemann: “Man is what he eats.” With this statement the German materialistic philosopher Feuerbach thought he had put an end to all “idealistic” speculations about human nature. In fact, however he was expressing, without knowing it, the most religious ideaContinue reading “one all-embracing banquet table”