Monthly Archives: December 2015

The Three Miracles of Newman (Part III)

I have been praying steadily since mid-June to Bl. John Henry Newman for the following three practical desiderata – all of which seemed impossibly unlikely but nevertheless have been granted, at least to some degree. 1. Fix the horrible mess … Continue reading

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The Three Miracles of Newman (Part II)

The last few years of my graduate studies were (as I suppose you can tell if you are a long time reader of this blog) seemingly nothing but an extended sequence of personal crises forced upon me by economic exigencies … Continue reading

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The Scottish Diaspora and British Orientalism

I’m not a historian, but for whatever reason I probably know more about my father’s family and its complicated historical karma than any other member of the immediate clan. (Not a minor achievement, in that I grew up mostly separated … Continue reading

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A Sad Narrative of Midnight Mass

I know how to be Catholic everywhere but in the parish. I wish I knew how to connect, but everything seems to conspire to make it at least difficult, and possibly impossible. I suspect the issue isn’t (entirely) me, as … Continue reading

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The Three Miracles of John Henry Newman (Part I)

Due to constraints involving both time and energy (I am physically ill, while also getting ready to attend Midnight Mass with a friend), I need to divide this year’s Christmas reflection into two or more shorter parts. The theme of … Continue reading

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Gabriel’s Message (Sabine Baring-Gould)

The angel Gabriel from heaven came, his wings as drifted snow, his eyes as flame; “All hail,” said he, “thou lowly maiden Mary, most highly favored lady,” Gloria! “For know a blessed Mother thou shalt be, all generations laud and … Continue reading

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O Oriens, O Earendel: The Anglo-Saxon O Antiphon

Eala earendel, engla beorhtast, ofer middangeard monnum sended, ond soðfæsta sunnan leoma, torht ofer tunglas, þu tida gehwane of sylfum þe symle inlihtes! Swa þu, god of gode gearo acenned, sunu soþan fæder, swegles in wuldre butan anginne æfre wære, … Continue reading

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