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January 03, 2019
January 03, 2019
On the Monday of the second week of December, Justice Kavanaugh and Chief Justice Roberts joined the liberals on the court in declining to take up two cases involving the use of Medicaid funds for non-abortion health services, Andersen v Planned Parenthood and Gee v Planned Parenthood. Kevin Daley of the Daily Caller gave a
January 03, 2019
God, it seems, favours the powerless, the unnoticed, children, babies, outsiders, and refugees with no resources or place to go. That’s why Jesus was born outside the city, in a stable, unnoticed, outside all fanfare, away from all major media, and away from all the persons and events that were deemed important at the time,
January 03, 2019
One of the sad byproducts of the endless “Holiday Season” that stretches from Halloween on (or, in recent years, even earlier – creating a weird Nightmare Before Christmas feeling in many stores), is that many people are thoroughly sick of Christmas by the time it arrives. The next day the tree goes out – or
January 03, 2019
Menno Simons (1496-1561) was a Cath­olic priest from Friesland in what is now the Netherlands, but in his time was ruled by Spain. He was born in a town called Witmarsum, while his peasant father owned and farmed land in neighbouring Pingjum. His education was poor; while he was taught Latin and some Greek and
January 03, 2019
Cryptic across 7 Feast of Oxbridge colleges? (6,7) 8 Mistress of the house takes in a bellicose spirit (4) 9 Positioned one chap to the west of those beyond Babylon (8) 10 Rascal, pell-mell, sliced through, showing a fine cutting edge (7) 12 Beginning of July, leave pad for a life on the river (5)
January 03, 2019
Ordinary Form Divine Office Week II Sunday, January 6: The Epiphany of the Lord Is 60:1-6; Ps 72; Eph 3:2-3A, 5-6; Mt 2:1-12 Monday, January 7: Weekday after Epiphany or St Raymond of Peñafort 1 Jn 3:22–4:6; Ps 2; Mt 4:12-17, 23-25 Tuesday, January 8: Weekday after Epiphany 1 Jn 4:7-10; Ps 72; Mk 6:34-44
January 03, 2019
You can get your house blessed at any time, but it’s traditional at around the time of Epiphany. Priests are always pleased to be asked, says Fr Matthew Pittam, a parish priest in Warwickshire. “It provides us with an opportunity to get to know parishioners better as well as offering the wonderful gift of God’s
January 03, 2019
The ox and ass in every crib scene are interpolations of Scripture. “Ox and ass their maker know,” says Isaiah, and tradition reasonably attached this prophecy to Jesus’s birth in a manger. But the traditional casting of St Joseph as a lantern-bearing, peripheral, older foster father is not scriptural. This persona owes more to Mystery
January 03, 2019
This year, we are happy to celebrate Epiphany on a Sunday, which by calendric niceties coincides with real Epiphany, January 6. There is no need to scramble our calendar or to confuse our identity by transferring Epiphany. Traditionally, for Twelfth Night, Epiphany, Holy Church sings an antiphon about not just one manifestation (Greek epipháneia) of
January 03, 2019
The Epiphany of the Lord Is 60:1-6; Eph 3:2-3 & 5-6; Mt 2:1-12 (Year C) The celebration of the Epiphany is, in many ways, a joyful meditation on the meaning of Christ’s birth. Luke concluded his account of the Nativity with the observation that “Mary treasured these things and pondered them in her heart.” In
January 03, 2019
Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami, Harvill Secker, 702pp, £20/$30 Isolation is central to the work of Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. A familiar scene in his books and stories is a character finding himself utterly alone, often at the bottom of a well (Murakami once told an interviewer this was an actual dream of his). But
January 03, 2019
Who’s In, Who’s Out: The Journals of Kenneth Rose – 1944-1979 By Kenneth Rose, edited by D R Thorpe Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 640pp, £30/$30 Kenneth Rose was three different men. There was the biographer, the establishment diary columnist, and there was Rose the man. I knew him well from the late 1980s, and admired these
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