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July 18, 2021
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The poet Elizabeth Jennings was born on this day in 1926. A devout Catholic, she attended St Anne’s College, Oxford, where she lived all her life, before working as a librarian then in publishing before writing full-time. Her “sincere and scrupulous work” has been praised for its “unassuming technical craft”, “emotional restraint,” and “sensitivity towards
July 12, 2021
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Interviewed in 1998, when he was edited The Daily Telegraph, the Tory journalist Charles Moore describes entering the Church when one's family doesn't like it, his support for Vatican II, and his thoughts on England and Catholicism.
July 07, 2021
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The poet Elizabeth Jennings reviews a book of reminiscences about C. S. Lewis, whom she heard lecture when a student at St Anne’s college. The book, Light on C. S. Lewis, included contributions from Owen Barfield, Stella Gibbons, Austin Farrer, Kathleen Raine, and Neville Coghill, but not J. R. R. Tolkien.  Jennings — whose New
Writing in a 1947 series on "The Church and the World Crisis," Caryll Houselander suggests the problem is with us as much as with the world. "The collapse of materialism around us does not imply the collapse of materialism within us," she writes. "For that, we have habitually made too many acts of faith in the treasure we hope to lay up upon earth."
June 14, 2021
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To all men of good-will in my generation, the death of Chesterton appears (in various degrees) like an overshadowing of the sun. His philosophy, or some echo of it, gave colour to the things of this world, and was the earnest of better things to come. Many others, like myself, must have been so saturated
March 30, 2021
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The Cross is the sign of God's love. When Jesus says, "Take up your cross and follow me," he's also asking us to offer our difficulties to him and pointing us to those others with whom we share the Cross.
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