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Before the Busy-ness

I’ve noticed a somewhat disturbing trend in my own life. In the far too infrequent times when I’m able to get together with family or friends, there’s always the obligatory question of “how have you been?” or “what have you been up to? And while obligatory pleasantries perhaps merit only obligatory responses, too often I find myself resorting to saying “I’ve just been really busy.” I’ve said it...

The No

There is a scene in the fine movie Becket where the newly ascended archbishop is made aware of how one of the barons has taken one of his priests into custody, the latter accused of debauching a girl in his parish. As the scene progresses, messengers arrive to inform Becket that the priest had tried to escape but was captured and put to death, when the law of the land was that ecclesial crimes...

Spelliing The Kingdom of God

As in all things, caveat emptor. Spelliing the Kingdom of God In Less Than Words Can Say, the late Richard Mitchell (The Underground Grammarian) laments the degradation of English: Insubstantial words, hazy and disembodied, have fled utterly from things and ideas.[1. Richard Mitchell, Less Than Words Can Say, p.1] But the problem is not the normal and expected variation that occurs in the...

Pray Like You Mean It

When I was 19 I had just started learning guitar and was trying my hand at writing some songs. I wasn’t that good at either the guitar or songwriting, (which is probably still the case…) since most of my instrumentation was limited to a few chords and my writing to vague and purposeless lines that had no cohesion whatsoever. I had been trying to make a habit of praying more, but most of the...

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