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“The legalization of the termination of pregnancy is none other than the authorization given to an adult, with the approval of an established law, to take the lives of children yet unborn and thus incapable of defending themselves. It is difficult to imagine a more unjust situation, and it is very difficult to speak of obsession in a matter such as this, where we are dealing with a fundamental imperative of every good conscience — the defense of the right to life of an innocent and defenseless human being.”
- St. John Paul II
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“Only one sin is nowadays severely punished: the attentive observance of the traditions of our Fathers. For that reason the good ones are thrown out of their places and brought to the desert.”
- Basil of Caesarea - ep. 243
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- C.S. Lewis
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Category Archives: Poetry
Here is a little PODCAzT after a long hiatus. Today, the Summer Solstice, I talk about the Summer Solstice, but in light of St. Augustine and St. John the Baptist. I mentioned this in another post, but I spin it … Continue reading
Via the estimable Laudator comes this nice Chinese poem, which touches on themes of fishing, quiet, moonlight, common to many of the verses of the Tang dynasty scholars. Wang Wei (699-759), To Subprefect Chang (tr. Irving Y. Lo): In late years, … Continue reading
A priest friend reminded me that today is the day before St. Agnes Day, “The Eve of St Agnes” and that, therefore, this would be a good day to post about the famous poem by John Keats. And so I … Continue reading
Shine, Perishing Republic by Robinson Jeffers (+1962) While this America settles in the mould of its vulgarity, heavily thickening to empire, And protest, only a bubble in the molten mass, pops and sighs out, and the mass hardens, I sadly … Continue reading
It is April and the world is slowly coming back to life. Baseball season is back. I have made some PODCAzTs with seasonal poetry. I am contemplating one for Spring. If you have a suggestion, perhaps you could drop me … Continue reading
Via the Laudator: Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953), January: It freezes—all across a soundless sky The birds go home. The governing dark’s begun: The steadfast dark that waits not for a sun; The ultimate dark wherein the race shall die. Death, with … Continue reading
It is past the season, but this is fine indeed, and it matches something of my mood and my To Do List. Via the Laudator: Robert Frost, Unharvested: A scent of ripeness from over a wall. And come to leave … Continue reading
Well… I went and did it again… and then yet again. I made a yet another PODCAzT of poems having to do with winter. I was inspired by the blizzard we just had, and also by requests via e-mail. And … Continue reading
Well… I went and did it again. I made a PODCAzT. And then I screwed up and posted the wrong audio file. I have now corrected that. Sorry. I’m not going to say what’s in it other than that there … Continue reading
With a tip of the biretta to the Laudator. Thomas Caulfield Irwin (1823-1892), December: It is bleak December noon, Winter-wild and rainy grey: By the old road thinly strewn Drifts of dead leaves skirt the way: Oh! the long canals … Continue reading