This Lent, we have a choice: between ‘tempus edax rerum’ and ‘memento mori’: Do we let time devour us, or truly digest our lives?
December sees not only Advent and the beginning of Christmas, but (appropriately enough) the Feast of Saint Nikolaos of Myra — aka Saint Nicholas! Born some 280 years after Jesus in Patara in Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey), Nikolaos lived under the shadow of the Roman Empire during its time of transition from persecuting the faithful […]
“The world was on fire and no one could save me but you It’s strange what desire will make foolish people do…” Chris Issak‘s prophetic opening lyrics to 1989’s Wicked Game (which for me was a haunting, lovelorn anthem of the 90s, alongside Mazzy Star‘s 1993 Fade Into You) have me thinking about all my […]
Have you ever had one of those weeks? I just did. It started last Friday. In the course of seven days… Toxic mold was discovered in our rental home, and our landlords gave us 30 days to move so that they could clean it. My wife surfaced a pulmonary embolism (a potentially dangerous blood clot), and it […]
This past weekend was Thanksgiving in the United States, and now we’ve entered the season of Advent, the traditional period of holy waiting leading to Christmas. This, during a year that has brought most of us even more than our usual hurry, hesitation, and heartbreak. I find myself puzzling over some complex questions. Namely, […]