O Key of David

O Key of David, opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom, come and free the prisoners of darkness! Christmas draws nearer. Today’s O Antiphon (above) addresses Christ as the “Key of David.” The antiphon for today leads me to muse about the shape of keys in the Middle Ages. That is when the Roman...

Clinging to Faith

How empty the world must look to an atheist. How very bleak. From what do they derive hope? Joy? Comfort? I’m not here to slam anyone for his or her personal beliefs—I know that I’m connected to non-believers on Facebook. In the wake of the Newtown tragedy (and all tragedies), I’m simply...

Chasing Light

In just a few more days, on December 21, the light will begin to shift. Slowly, gently, carefully, the days will start to lengthen and the nights will grow shorter. An awful lot of people whom I’ve talked to recently seem particularly stressed this Advent. No matter what you believe about the notion...

O Antiphons? O God Help Us!

I planned to write this blog post about the O Antiphons that we pray in the liturgy from December 17th through the 23rd. But as I’m writing this on Friday the 14th, I’m watching the coverage of the horrific school massacre in Connecticut. The situation is too horrible to imagine. How can this happen?...

Clean Wisely

I’m a clean freak. There, I said it. I buy hand sanitizer in bulk, I’m usually within arm’s reach of disinfecting wipes, and I have a deep fondness for color-safe bleach. I spend this excruciating flu season, or as I call it, “the dark days,” wishing I were in a Hazmat suit. Friends and family have...

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