“Anima Christi” -3 (1. Soul of Christ, sanctify me.) (2. Body of Christ, save me.) – – – – – Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Sanguis Christi, inebria me. We remember gruesomely colored crucifixes, or the blood dripping from Jim Caviezel’s face in Mel Gibson’s movie, “The Passion of the Christ.” But this petition draws [...]
Category Archive for 'Joy'
The year 2005 was marked by the evil of war and the sorrow of natural disasters. The fact that just about anything can happen has been brought home to us: whole towns, in our own country, can be wiped out in a day; and a major city can find itself struggling to rebuild. In the [...]
Rejoice, O earth, in shining splendor, radiant in the brightness of your King! Christ has conquered! Glory fills you! Darkness vanishes for ever! (Easter Proclamation, Roman Rite) There is a literary practice called the “pathetic fallacy,” which attributes human feelings to non-human creation. Often the pathetic fallacy is used to show the natural surroundings in [...]
Do you remember all the Christmas specials on television during the weeks and days leading up to December 25? Now, have you noticed the Easter programming? If not, that’s probably because it is virtually nonexistent. I’ve perused our local paper’s program guide for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday, and found scarcely [...]
There seems to be a thriving internet market for posters, bumper stickers, lapel buttons, and refrigerator magnets emblazoned with the caption: JESUS IS COMING LOOK BUSYAs tongue-in-cheek as these may be, I fear that the “look busy” injunction taps into something deeply ingrained in the human (or at least the American) psyche. If we are [...]