Author Archives: lonelygoth

Like as the Hart

Psalm 42. Quemadmodum Like as the hart desireth the water-brooks : so longeth my soul after thee, O God. 2 My soul is athirst for God, yea, even for the living God : when shall I come to appear before … Continue reading

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The Seven Virgins

ALL under the leaves and the leaves of life I met with virgins seven, And one of them was Mary mild, Our Lord’s mother of Heaven. ‘O what are you seeking, you seven fair maids, All under the leaves of … Continue reading

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Yggdrasil

Ask veit ek standa, heitir Yggdrasill hár baðmr, ausinn hvíta auri; þaðan koma döggvar þærs í dala falla; stendr æ yfir grœnn Urðar brunni. Þaðan koma meyjar margs vitandi þrjár, ór þeim sal er und þolli stendr; Urð hétu eina, … Continue reading

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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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