Posts Tagged ‘Muriel Spark’

Beginning with the End

Remember man that you are dust, and unto dust you will return.”

Lent begins today with this reminder: Momento mori – “Remember, you must die.” The imposition of ashes that we receive on our forehead on Ash Wednesday is a stark reminder of this reality. The gift of life is almost always shorter than one expects. One of my classmates from grad school, Sr. Bernadette, turned heads when she told us goodbye at graduation, “Have...

The Magi and Death Before Birth

I do not think that popular sentiment has come anywhere near close to granting those extraordinary travelers, the Magi, the honor they truly deserve. These “watchers of the sky” must have been divinely inspired, in addition to being intellectually gifted, to have enough faith to leave the comforts of their homeland and embark on what must have been an extremely arduous journey.

The Magi were guided by a star, not a map. They were...