Tag Archives: Mystery of Evil

Teach us Delight in Simple Things

We in France have just had a stricter order to stay at home for fifteen days, which is something we are doing anyway apart from essential errands like buying something from the chemist’s shop. If we are wise, we have … Continue reading

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In Time of Epidemic

The announcement is made and France goes into Stage 3 of the anti-epidemic plan as of this night. Only food shops, pharmacies, banks, tobacconists and petrol stations can stay open. All other public places are shut. We are asked to … Continue reading

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Miserere mei, Deus

On this 75th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps. Have mercy upon me, O God, after thy great goodness: according to the multitude of thy mercies do away mine offences. Wash me throughly from my wickedness: and cleanse … Continue reading

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Open and Closed

As we are now in the days of the great O antiphons leading up to Christmas in its most Christian meaning, I have intentionally looked away from politics and its incessant contradictions, smoke and mirrors. Apart from my translation work, … Continue reading

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Abusus non tollit usum

There is a story, perhaps untrue, about a public building that had all its fire extinguishers removed because it was esteemed that few people knew how to use them properly. It’s obviously better for the building to burn down and … Continue reading

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Christianity and Society

I came across the article Atheists sound the alarm: Decline of Christianity is seriously hurting society. It is quite fascinating and reminded me of the two articles (first and second) I wrote on Christian Humanism. I wrote these two from … Continue reading

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Tradition and Progress

My brush with pope Boniface X has been quite thought-provoking in an odd sort of way. There always has been tension between religion – any religion – being essentially a book containing precepts and teachings, compliance with which being the … Continue reading

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The Name of the Rose

I open this brief posting with the title of Umberto Eco’s famous novel about an extremely corrupt abbey in the early fourteenth century where monks were ready to kill to preserve the secret of the legitimacy of humour according to … Continue reading

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La Nausée

Yes, from the very author who wrote “Hell is other people” – L’enfer c’est les autres in his play Huis clos. Jean-Paul Sartre was unfamiliar with the various grotesque parodies of churches and bishops one occasionally sees on the Internet. … Continue reading

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Science and Faith, a Warning

I have been haunted all day by the article Darwinism Is Dead, Now What? Towards A Rational Spirituality. We seem to have a compare-and-contrast exercise between materialistic atheism – Dawkins style – and the kinds of Christianity we sometimes encounter … Continue reading

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