TAMING THE TONGUE

TAMING THE TONGUE

When teaching through a particular subject, I find that everything suddenly relates to it. One co-worker alleges that I mentioned Dante in every conversation, while I was teaching through the Renaissance recently. I suppose there could be worse things to mention. My current subject, rhetoric, though a respected member of the Trivium, is not always… Read More ›

THE CHURCH OUR MOTHER

THE CHURCH OUR MOTHER

In his letter to the Galatians, in chapter four, St. Paul says that the “Jerusalem which is above is free; which is the mother of us all” (26). And, at the beginning of chapter five, he says, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free….” We are children of the free woman, says St. Paul, and… Read More ›

SACRAMENT AND SACRIFICE

SACRAMENT AND SACRIFICE

By Jared Tomlinson Some evening, a few years ago, I was walking out of a theatre in downtown Toronto with a good friend of mine. As we made our way to our regular post-movie haunt, a bar on Queen West, our conversation drifted easily away from whatever we had just seen to weightier matters. The… Read More ›

NOW THESE THREE REMAIN

NOW THESE THREE REMAIN

by Father John Boonzaaijer Stone pillars in the little English church bordered the Norman apse, surrounded the altar, and encircled the choir stalls, where two dozen young souls, from St. Andrew’s Academy and Good Shepherd school, nervously held their music, ready to sing. Silent tombstones checkered the floor. A chalice and paten, worn and dented from centuries of… Read More ›

FRUITFUL RELATIONSHIPS

FRUITFUL RELATIONSHIPS

I’m single, in my thirties, so I think about and study the marriages around me with perhaps more attention than other groups of people would. There was an angry boy in my class when I was in grade school, whose parents seemed never to get along. I don’t know if they ever had. As a… Read More ›

INCARNATIONAL EDUCATION

INCARNATIONAL EDUCATION

The question of how we ought to educate seems, paradoxically, both a hot topic and one that no one really wants to discuss deeply. A few pithy phrases or digs at the public educational establishment down the street often suffice for many Christians. Yet this is a fundamental issue lying right at the heart of… Read More ›