Good All Around Us

Today’s poem in Favorite Poems Old and New (edited by Helen Ferris) is quite lovely: “For a Child” Fannie Stearns Davis Your friends shall be the Tall Wind, The River and the Tree; The Sun that laughs and marches, The Swallows and the Sea. Your prayers shall be the murmur Of grasses in the rain; The song of wildwood thrushes…

Where?

Five days ago, I pulled out Favorite Poems Old and New, edited by Helen Ferris, a book I’ve read from to the kids and one that played a pretty big role in my first 365-day photography project, which consisted of photos inspired by poems. Five days ago, I embarked upon a new photography project inspired by poems, but this one…

Observations: Genesis 2

The Bible has found its way back into my hands. Here are my notes for the second chapter of Genesis: The creation account in chapter two is significantly different from the creation account of chapter one. This time around, God creates man before the animals. Before creating the beasts, however, God “planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and…

The Inherent Evil of Identitarianism

In Part II of The New Philistines, Sohrab Ahmari focuses on the summer 2016 special issue of Artforum magazine that was devoted to “Art and Identity.” Wow. It reminded me of a Seinfeld character’s take on “The Kramer”: after calling the subject in the painting “a loathsome, offensive brute,” he said, “but I can’t look away.” Perhaps the most interesting…

On Matters of Death and Life

To the question, “When facing death, what is true silence?” Robert Cardinal Sarah answers, in part: 351. Nowadays Western societies reject death, traumatized by the pain and grieving that accompany it. Modern man would like to be immortal. This denial of the great passage leads to a culture of death that permeates social relations as a whole. Postmodern civilization denies…

In Silence and Prayer

From Robert Cardinal Sarah in The Power of Silence: 344. I had this wonderful, rich experience with Brother Vincent-Marie of the Resurrection, who belonged to the community of canons regular in Lagrasse. Stricken by multiple sclerosis, he gradually lost his faculties of speech and movement. Despite that painful situation, Brother Vincent remained serene, joyful, and patient. All our meetings unfolded…