SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
April 18, 2019
April 18, 2019
We are all, I suspect, familiar with the famous expression from Julian of Norwich, now an axiom in our language. “In the end all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.” To which Oscar Wilde is reported to have added: “And if it isn’t well, then
April 18, 2019
By some sort of miracle Kraków, which was Poland’s capital city in the Middle Ages, is immaculately preserved. The Nazis’ tanks and bombs ignored it, as did the Allies, for reasons I will touch on. But what an extraordinary place it is. I did not see any of the semi-naked Englishmen dressed only in mankinis
April 18, 2019
Michael Servetus (1509-1553) was a Spanish theologian, scientist and scholar, who had a talent for meeting the rich and famous, and an ultimately unfortunate knack for annoying them. He was born in Villanueva de la Sigena, Aragon, to a family of lower nobility. As a young boy, he studied Latin, Greek and Hebrew under Dominican
April 18, 2019
Cryptic across 3 With student getting kicked out, the moral blow upset Nathanael, maybe, said John (11) 7 Certain churches require pretty good A levels, yes? Perhaps (6) 8 God’s way to embody soul is close to flawless (6) 9 Latitude of east London watercourse (6) 10 Spring deity required to wade through Lethe bends?
April 18, 2019
Ordinary Form Divine Office Week I Sunday, April 21: Easter Sunday Acts 10:34A, 37-43; Ps 118; Col 3:1-4; Jn 20:1-9 Monday, April 22: Easter Monday Acts 2:14, 22-33; Ps 16; Mt 28:8-15 Tuesday, April 23: Easter Tuesday Acts 2:36-41; Ps 33; Jn 20:11-18 Wednesday, April 24: Easter Wednesday Acts 3:1-10; Ps 105; Lk 24:13-35 Thursday,
April 18, 2019
Eastertide lasts for 50 days, compared to the 40 days that span Lent, meaning the celebrations last longer than the fasting. It is good to be a Catholic… Traditionally, the feast involves heartily enjoying some of those legitimate pleasures we might have denied ourselves (an attitude exemplified in the giving of chocolate eggs to children),
April 18, 2019
The year turns and we celebrate Easter again. Yet it is not a different mystery or a new celebration simply on account of a year having passed. It’s a chance to enter the same mystery and discover more deeply and interiorly my place in it. And as I visited the seminary for the last time
April 18, 2019
The Sacred Triduum is behind us, with its shadows, deprivation and purifying lamentation. Renewed, we now enter a liturgical season of light and joy. Our Easter Sunday celebration changes from the usual sprinkling rite with penitential hyssop in the Asperges to reveling in the newly blessed Easter water. In the Vidi aquam we are washed
April 18, 2019
Solemnity of the Resurrection The Scriptures throughout the Easter Liturgy, beginning with the Easter Vigil itself, tell our story. It is a history embracing all peoples in every generation. At the same time, it is a uniquely personal history, to be embraced and lived out in the individuality of each of us. At the heart
April 18, 2019
Sir Christopher Wren By Paul Rabbitts Shire Publications, 96pp, £9.99/$14 Displaying a typically Victorian aversion to the classicising aesthetics of 17th- and 18th-century architecture, Anthony Trollope once attempted to satirise English Palladian and English Baroque styles by saying that they would be called Italian despite the fact that they did not look like anything found
April 18, 2019
We should not be surprised if a major Catholic writer reflects on the great mysteries of his faith. François Mauriac (1885-1970) was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1952. Catholicism was the wellspring behind Mauriac’s creativity. It gave him a deep consciousness of the existential drama of life: an awareness that man can be
April 18, 2019
100 Churches in 100 Years By the Twentieth Century Society Batsford, 208pp, £25/$35 The late Alice Thomas Ellis, contributor to this magazine and spirited controversialist, was fond of declaring that if you visited any English town and asked to be taken to see its ugliest building, that building would invariably be its Catholic church. Here