Yeats’ Haunting Vision – The Second Coming

There are few poems in the English language as bone-chilling as WB Yeats’ “The Second Coming”. This year marks the century anniversary of a poem that captivated and terrified the modern world. One needn’t be familiar with Yeats’ Irish nationalism, Theosophical inclinations, or his occultism to gain entrance into his imagistic rendering of the collapse […]

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Christmas in an Age of Contagion

As Advent gives way to Christmas, we hear the angelic song, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men…” (Luke 2:14) announced at the birth of Jesus. However, twenty centuries later any honest person must ask where is this peace? We see what Jesus foretold in the Olivet Discourse regarding the […]

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The Overlong Hours For An Old Drunk

It’s winding close to 4AM and I won’t sleep, maybe not at all tonight because there’s something about the stillness of a tender night that is soothing. Not long ago I couldn’t handle the terrors of the silent hours, so I drank to ensure they would never come. Three years ago I took my last […]

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Theotokos and the Beatles

    When I find myself in times of trouble Mother Mary comes to me Speaking words of wisdom “Let it be” And in my hour of darkness She is standing right in front of me Speaking words of wisdom “Let it be” – Paul McCartney, The Beatles  – “Let It Be” *Note: For the […]

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Platonic Madness – Heaven’s Gift

Kay Redfield Jamison quotes Plato in her book Touched With Fire that explores Manic Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament: Madness, provided it comes as the gift of heaven, is the channel by which we receive the greatest blessings… the men of old who gave things their names saw no disgrace or reproach in madness; otherwise […]

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On Sailing to Byzantium

And therefore I have sailed the seas and come To the holy city of Byzantium. – WB Yeats, Sailing to Byzantium   I have been interacting a good deal over the last eighteen months or so with Eastern Orthodoxy in general and with the Church Fathers in particular. As a Protestant why would I do […]

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Revisiting the Wilderness

“The wilderness is the route of promise on the way to the land, or the wilderness is unbearable abandonment to be avoided by return to slavery.” – Walter Brueggemann In his book on the parables of Jesus, Kingdom, Grace, Judgement, Robert Capon calls Scripture a treasury of icons that God has given us to mark out […]

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