English poet and essayist James Henry Leigh Hunt was born on October 19, 1784. “Jenny Kissed Me” was first published in The Monthly Chronicle in November 1838.
Spiritual truth is difficult for the rational mind to grasp. The Bible says the Holy Spirit will guide us to all truth and indeed, absent God’s intrusion our modern minds gravitate to only that which is reasonable – and reason is a hobbled teacher. We understand this most directly in matters of love, for as Pascal […]
But once again, even in considering the possibility, I am trying to even the score.
What we often think of as Christ-like love is actually something quite sinister.
The best advice I can give to a young couple, just beginning a new relationship is this –
ON THIS DAY I COMPLETE MY THIRTY-SIXTH YEAR Lord Byron ’TIS time this heart should be unmoved, Since others it hath ceased to move: Yet, though I cannot be beloved, Still let me love! Had she lived to an old age, Marilyn Monroe would have turned 91 last week. That’s hard to imagine. She shares […]
Rise heart; thy Lord is risen. Sing his praise Without delays, Who takes thee by the hand, that thou likewise With him mayst rise. That, as his death calcined1 thee to dust, His life may make thee gold, and much more just. Awake, my lute, and struggle […]
Jesus comes near and he beholds the city And looks on us with tears in his eyes, And wells of mercy, streams of love and pity Flow from the fountain whence all things arise. He loved us into life and longs to gather And meet with his beloved face to face. How often has he […]
Love’s as warm as tears, Love is tears: Pressure within the brain, Tension at the throat, Deluge, weeks of rain, Haystacks afloat, Featureless seas between Hedges, where once was green. Love’s as fierce as fire, Love is fire: All sorts ‒ Infernal heat Clinkered with greed and pride, Lyric desire, sharp-sweet, Laughing, […]
At last, in spite of all, a recognition, For those who loved and laboured for so long, Who brought us, through that labour, to fruition To flourish in the place where we belong. A thanks to those who stayed and did the raising, Who buckled down and did the work of two, Whom governments have […]
Except you enthrall me, never shall be free,
Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.
All Things New Marilynne Robinson Something I find regrettable in contemporary Christianity is the degree to which it has abandoned its own heritage, in thought, art and literature. It was the center of learning in the West for centuries because it deserved to be. Now there seems to be actual hostility on the part of […]
Long before Gilead made Marilynne Robinson famous, she wrote an outstanding collection of essays called The Death of Adam. Being a staunch Presbyterian, she rose to the defense of John Calvin who generally gets a bad rap for the brand of Calvinism that basically says that God predestined some people for heaven and others for […]
The Land of Heart’s Desire William Butler Yeats We must be tender with all budding things. Our Maker let no thought of Calvary Trouble the morning stars in their first song. The poet William Butler Yeats referred to himself as “the last romantic”, and while I know he meant that in the broader sense of […]
THE PARLEMENT OF FOULES Geoffrey Chaucer “For this was on Saint Valentine’s Day When every fowl cometh to choose his mate, Of every kind that men think may; And that so huge a noise gan they make, That earth and air and tree and every lake So full was, that underneath was there space For […]
THE CONFESSIONS Saint Augustine Great art Thou, O Lord, and greatly to be praised; great is Thy power, and of Thy wisdom there is no end. And man, being a part of Thy creation, desires to praise Thee,—man, who bears about with him his mortality, the witness of his sin, even the witness that Thou […]
THE DIVINE COMEDY Dante Alighieri And I, in the midst of all this circling horror, began, “Teacher, what are these sounds I hear? What souls are these so overwhelmed by grief?” And he to me: “This wretched state of being is the fate of those sad souls who lived a life but lived it with […]
Doris Lessing was born on this day, October 22nd in 1919. In October 2007 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature.
We say that religion is a matter of mood: we must wait until the mood strikes us. And then we often wait for years—perhaps until the end of our life—until we are once again in the mood to be religious. This idea is based on a great illusion. It is all well and good to […]
THE CHURCH PORCH George Herbert Thy friend put in thy bosome: wear his eies Still in thy heart, that he may see what’s there. If cause require, thou art his sacrifice; Thy drops of bloud must pay down all his fear: But love is lost, the way of friendship’s gone, Though David had his Jonathan, […]