Wise Words on Wednesday: Too long in winter


I have walked too long with death’s chill in the air,
mourned over trees too long with branches bare…
I am saying to Love who wakens love:
rise in the south and come!
Hurry me into the springtime; hustle the winter out of my sight…
…then plunge me into the leafing and my blossoming

– Jessica Powers

Wise Words on Wednesday: Life is a search


“Life is not just a succession of events or experiences. It is a search for the true, the good, and the beautiful. It is to this end that we make our choices; it is for this that we exercise our freedom; it is in this – in truth, in goodness, and in beauty – that we find happiness and joy”

– Pope Benedict XVI, “New Technologies, New Relationships: Promoting a Culture of Respect, Dialogue, and Friendship”

Wise Words on Wednesday: Saying Grace


You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before a concert and the opera, and grace before the play and the pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in ink

– GK Chesterton, St. Francis of Assisi

Shouting Grounds

Okay, it’s time to return to regular blogging. To kick things off, let’s begin with some heart-thumping music from Crowder’s “Shouting Grounds”:

Take me to the shouting grounds
A prodigal lost was found
I should be dead right now
But I am alive

I just want to see your face
You’re calling me from my grave
Take me to the shouting grounds
It’s gonna get loud

Dead man come walkin’ out
When you hear the sound of mercy
Dead man come shouting out
Get out the ground you’re breathing
All who were once asleep are waking up to sing

No grave gonna hold me down
Can you hear the sound of saving?
No grave gonna hold me down
Can you feel the ground it’s shaking?
All who were once asleep are waking up to sing

Wise Words On Wednesday: A Life of Praise

I will give praise during my lifetime, I will not be a dead person among the living

– St. Ephraim

Wise Words on Wednesday: Evidence of Life


Growth is the only evidence of life.

– Cardinal Henry Newman

Quick Apology: Doing whatever you want with your body?


Today’s post is a follow-up to the one last Thursday. In response to my comments about the differences between circumcision and abortion, a friend-of-a-friend offered a reply. However, rather than responding to what I said, he simply trotted out a favourite slogan of the pro-choice moment. Here was our exchange:


“My body, my choice” is one of the favourite sayings of those who favour the continued legal access to abortion. However, the statement is patently false and I would suggest that nobody really believes it.

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