Towards the end of Robert Hugh Benson's novel Lord of the World the central character Father Franklin, by now Pope Sylvester III, makes the surprising statement- "I have had a Vision of God," He said softly. "I walk no more by faith, but by sight." At one level this simply fits in with the climactic scene … Continue reading Mine Eyes Have Seen…
It is certainly true that Our Lady's sorrows constituted historical episodes in the life of Jesus as experienced in the heart of Mary. As such they form part of salvation history as well as of general history. More than that though, I would argue, we can see these sorrows as archetypal. That is, the … Continue reading The Sorrows of Mary as Archetypes
The Technique. + In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Our Father Hail Mary I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, Who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the … Continue reading The Rosary of the 7 Sorrows as a Contemplative Prayer.
Storms 23 Some there were that ventured abroad in ships, trafficking over the high seas; 24 these are men that have witnessed the Lord’s doings, his wonderful doings amid the deep. 25 At his word the stormy wind rose, churning up its waves; 26 high up towards heaven they were carried, then sank into … Continue reading Commentary on Psalm 106: Concluded
Prison 10 Some lay where darkness overshadowed them, helpless in bonds of iron; 11 their punishment for rebelling against God’s decrees, for thwarting the will of the most High. 12 Their hearts bowed down with sorrow, none else to aid their faltering steps, 13 they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and … Continue reading Commentary on Psalm 106: Part 2
Introduction 1 Praise the Lord, the Lord is gracious; his mercy endures for ever; 2 be this the cry of men the Lord has rescued, rescued them from the enemy’s hand, and gathered them in 3 from sunrising and sunset, from the north country and the south. The opening lines of this psalm (which … Continue reading Commentary on Psalm 106: Part 1
Thy law is within my heart. (Psalm 40:8) The psalmist makes a very singular statement here. Or, to put it another way, he doesn't make a plural statement. In the context of Jewish religion during the times of King David, Solomon's Temple or the Babylonian Exile we might expect him to talk about the laws, … Continue reading Dharma & Psalm