Magic of Circe

“That exceptional and outstanding blessedness which once the first community—the primitive plebs—had enjoyed has passed away. . . . How different the Christian people are now from what they had been! . . . In a new and hitherto unheard of manner . . . the Church wanes as it reaches its fullness, slipping back […]

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To Live with Moral Confrontation

“For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.” -George Washington, 1790 __________ [NOTE: Following remarks were delivered at the 6th Annual […]

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Behold the Snake of Brass

“We came when it was a wilderness …. We leveled your forests; our hands removed the stumps from the field …. We have been with you … in adversity, and by the help of God will be with you in prosperity.” -Frederick Douglass ________ The season for Passover allows for some timely reflection on the writings of David Brooks […]

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A Smoke to Lamentations

  “The catastrophe has already arrived. We’re now in a simple fight to save lives – it is a fight against the clock that the international community is currently losing.” – Ciaran Donnelly, SVP of international programs at the IRC ______ Hunger, in all of its various manifestations, retains an incredible utility for building and […]

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The Immigration Hospital

“Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand a mighty woman with a torch, whose flame is the imprisoned lightning, and her name MOTHER OF EXILES.” Emma Lazarus, “The New Colossus” ______ With Trump’s immigration executive order making waves in an already scandal-ridden transition of power. And with the ACLU making good on its promise […]

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To the Mariner’s Hollo

“She was savage and superb, wild-eyed and magnificent; there was something ominous and stately in her deliberate progress. And in the hush that had fallen suddenly upon the whole sorrowful land, the immense wilderness, the colossal body of the fecund and mysterious life seemed to look at her, pensive, as though it had been looking at […]

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Inside the Chrysalis State

“It was spun for protection from without and nurture within, was translucent enough to permit awareness of what surrounded, opaque enough to shield from observers some of the detail of what went on inside.” -Martin E. Marty, The Irony of It All  ______ Without a need for another name in the controversial personality pool emerging […]

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