Category Archives: Sweetness'n'Light

Fr. Stephen snippets

A Prayer to Our Lord Jesus Christ My most merciful and all-merciful God, O Lord Jesus Christ! In Thy great love, Thou didst come down and become flesh in order to save all. Again, I pray Thee, save me by … Continue reading

Posted in Nominalism and Realism, Orthodoxy, Prayer, Salvation, Sweetness'n'Light

So nervous, so happy

R.R. Reno comments on the dual character of adoption, as noted in Meilaender’s Not by Nature but by Grace: Forming Families through Adoption: On one hand, it transcends the limitations of genetic kinship and serves as a sign of our … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving 2017

No politics. No sex. No snark. One parable, if that’s what you care to make of it. Continue reading

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Thursday, 11/9/17

Yesterday, crickets. Today, an explosion, and it’s a wrap by mid-morning! Continue reading

Posted in alt-right, Anodynes & Nostrums, Asceticism, Atheism, conservatism, Health care, History, Identitarianism, Orthodoxy, Political Matters, Poverty, progressivism, Scientism, Secularism, Sweetness'n'Light

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen has died. WSJ. NYT (which is fascinating and calls him “the master of erotic despair”). When he was young and fresh, I was too busy with other things, and as yet insufficiently attuned to poetry, to take note of … Continue reading

Posted in Arts and Music, eulogy, Poetry, Sweetness'n'Light

The deep purpose of discussion

This weekend brings And Then They Came for Me to my hometown’s Civic Youth Theater. With that evocative title, I hope I don’t need to tell you what the general topic of the play is. But just in case, here goes … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Arts and Music, Culture, Film, Intrigued, Playful, Poetry, Sweetness'n'Light

Wednesday, 9/2/15

Non-political, pensive but not morose. (I sound like a sommelier!) Continue reading

Posted in Calvinism, Christianity generally, Consumerism, Evangelicalism, Film, Internet, Political Matters, Secularism, Sexualia, Sweetness'n'Light | Tagged

Sunday nuggets, 5/25/14

Excerpting four commendable works of smart people PLUS a gratuitous swipe at “mind mapping meets Evernote.” Continue reading

Posted in Creation Care, eulogy, Family, Food, Marriage (real), Political Matters, Religious freedom, Sexualia, State capitalism, statism, Sweetness'n'Light | Tagged

Things that cheer me up

It’s no secret that in many ways I’m less than sanguine about the direction of the country and the world. As a guy who by long habit (I’ll not make a virtue of the habit) sees the glass half empty, it … Continue reading

Posted in Built Environment and Infrastructure, Distributism, Small is Beautiful, Sweetness'n'Light

Blessed are the peacemakers

I’ve been seeing very little peace anywhere lately. There came to me this morning this prayer, attributed to St. Francis of Assisi and with which I first became familiar through it’s frequent performance of my friend, Jeannie Kim Wickes (more … Continue reading

Posted in Prayer, Sweetness'n'Light