Of Tolkien, Fairytales, and the Gift of Hope

2/7/14 Originally posted at the Rabbit Room blog. Every time I come home for the Christmas holiday, I am greeted by the familiar sight of my father, lounging comfortably in his big, black leather chair…the soft, yellow glow of the lamp beside him illuminating his little corner…his old, green, flannel shirt…the glasses he’s finally resigned … More Of Tolkien, Fairytales, and the Gift of Hope

O Antiphons

Reflections on the Church’s evening verses counting down the last octave to Christmas… 12/5/13 “Who is this, who comes forth like the dawn?” ~ Song of Songs 6:10 1. O, You are Wisdom! The Wisdom that was there Before anything was there. Who was in the beginning Before the beginning You with the Father and … More O Antiphons

Real Adoration

12/16/14 Knowing a good many people in my life right now who are struggling with a lot of things, I was struck to the core by the second reading this Gaudete Sunday, when St. Paul tells us: “In all circumstances, give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” That … More Real Adoration

Of Words and Wonder

10/28/15 I’m finding that the familiar has a tendency toward the invisible. The more I grow accustomed to a thing, the harder it becomes to see that thing in its fullness. And oftentimes, I don’t even recognize when this happens: because many things are so familiar, so ordinary, such an integral dimension of the warp … More Of Words and Wonder