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Lent and Liberal Learning

Some things are never out of season and liberal education is one of them. As a matter of fact the Holy season of Lent provides the Christian with an opportunity to focus on the first thing that anyone should know about … Continue reading

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Improvident but Cheerful: A Defense of the Unplanned Family

When Benjamin Bunny grew up he married his cousin Flopsy. They had a large family, and they were very improvident and cheerful…as there was not always quite enough to eat,- Benjamin used to borrow cabbages from Flopsy’s brother, Peter Rabbit, … Continue reading

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The Secret to Beautiful Liturgy: Leave it to the Kids!

O Lord our Lord, how admirable is thy name in the whole earth! For thy magnificence is elevated above the heavens. Out of the mouth of infants and of sucklings thou hast perfected praise… Recently I attended a simple daily Mass … Continue reading

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Open Letter to My Daughter(s)

Is there anyone who was not profoundly touched by the flurry of open letters that loving parents wrote to their daughters concerning the recent election of our new president? (for example here and here and here) Ms. Sallie Krawcheck consoles her daughter after the … Continue reading

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In Hac Die Laetissima! Christmas Dinner 2016

Ah, Christmas Dinner…which I now post only at the request of two dear friends and former students of mine. They suggested that it also might be a way to cheer up the atmosphere of Lionandox.com since the last pre-election post … Continue reading

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Deliver Us From Evil

Our Father who art in heaven… God is still in heaven and everything that happens is still within His all-powerful and omniscient grasp. Nothing escapes His notice and everything happens according to His Divine will even if it be only according to His permissive … Continue reading

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Summer Somnolence

My inner sense tells me that it might be a good time to start thinking again. You see, the end of July is precisely the heart of the season when the mind of the academic, the mind of a teacher, and the … Continue reading

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Resurrexit! 2016

Happy Easter 2016!  

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Father let this chalice pass from me

The Fourth century saint and doctor of the church, St. Hilary of Poitiers, has a lovely insight – or perhaps I should say – a somewhat different take on Our Lord’s prayer in the garden. And going a little further, … Continue reading

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Glimpsing God’s Grace Off Broadway

Last weekend my wife, Stephanie, and I found ourselves sitting in the Manhattan Theater Club on West 55th Street in New York City. Why? Well, to watch John Patrick Shanley’s (of Tony, Academy Award, and Pulitzer Prize fame) latest Off-Broadway hit about … Continue reading

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