The Second Garden Scene

Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ​‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”  –Jn 20:17      A man and a woman in the garden.  The Scripture begins… Continue reading The Second Garden Scene

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Fields of Gold (Part I)

“Come, my beloved, let us go out into the fields…There I will give you my love.”  –Song of Songs 7:11-12 “Therefore we will not fear…Be still and know that I am God.”  –Psalm 46    There was a glimpse of sanity in the 80s, imagery in song that recalled golden fields, labor and love, and… Continue reading Fields of Gold (Part I)

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Patriarchal History and the Gender Cold War

   Gender consciousness has receded behind race consciousness in the past two years due to the George Floyd incident, but it is still a salient issue.  Indeed, it is more pervasive, since it spans across race, ethnicity, and culture.  Between divorce statistics, radical feminist calls to ‘freedom,’ a resentful implosion of male identity, and the hermaphroditic… Continue reading Patriarchal History and the Gender Cold War

Five Days of Wisdom. Day 4: Contemplation

 ‘My name is Contemplation,’ she said, ‘and I am one of the daughters of Wisdom.  You must rise and follow me.’  …    John felt no doubt of her and gathered himself together and leaped.  His leap carried him further than he had intended–though he felt no suprise…and the Lady was there by his side. …… Continue reading Five Days of Wisdom. Day 4: Contemplation

Five Days of Wisdom. Day 3: Dante and Mary

And further do I pray thee, heavenly Queen      With thy protection render him secure   From human impulse; for this boon the saints,   With Beatrice, thronging fold hands and implore.                                    -Paradiso Canto XXXIII, 34-39     Mary, “the handmaiden of the LORD,” is the figure of Lady Wisdom in the culminating stanzas of the Commedia,… Continue reading Five Days of Wisdom. Day 3: Dante and Mary

Rahab and Salmon: a Match made in Heaven

The best  love story between a man and a woman in all of history has to be assembled from broken fragments.  The story is largely lost upon this generation, because the popular concept of romance as a falling into sensual gravity is exactly the opposite of how this love story begins: in the house of… Continue reading Rahab and Salmon: a Match made in Heaven