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Identity

Sometime recently, I managed to forget who I am.

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Variations on a Theme

No two people are exactly the same.

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On Greek phrases in Latin masses

Little known fact: if you get involved in classical choral music, you will, at some point, sing somebody’s version of the Catholic Mass.

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The Holy Lack

This year I read Perelandra during Holy Week. It wasn’t on purpose, I swear. I just happened to say “hm, I should read that again,” right about the same time as Palm Sunday. But as is the way with me and books, I saw something new this time. Oddly, it had less to […]

Picky

There are a lot of people who object to my God because of the rules. Well, they generally object to any God who lays down rules. Rules more specific than, say, “treat each other with respect and don’t hurt anyone without cause.” They see this life I live, and how I abstain from […]

Possessive

I have decided that I don’t own anything.

I don’t even know how the subject came into my head. Maybe it was one too many attempts to control what goes on around me. I do that. Especially when I’m tired or scared; I shut things and people out and say “No!” […]

Related

The more I write, the more convinced I become that all things that are true, and all things that are right, and all things that are beautiful, edifying, and healing, are more than just related. They are more than dependent on one another. They are more than complementary. They are, at the heart, […]

In place

And this week’s subject is humility.

I had some fun with this one, if you define “fun” as working through labyrinthine connotations of a word most people recognize but few have given a lot of thought to. As with “faith” a couple weeks back, I took some time to look up […]

Rules

So here’s a question for y’all: why do we have rules?

This is an especially fun question for Christians, seeing as we go on quite eloquently about how our salvation makes us free, and how we are no longer Under The Law. If I were the kind of person who liked […]

Palm Sunday

You know, of all the Christian holidays, Palm Sunday strikes me as being a bit weird. I mean, yes, I know it’s the start of Holy Week, and the beginning of the end of Jesus’ pre-death ministry, but I don’t quite get why churches celebrate it with such enthusiasm. Yes, Jesus was riding […]