Christmas 5: This Turbulent Priest (For Thomas Becket, Archbishop and Martyr)

“So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill theContinue reading “Christmas 5: This Turbulent Priest (For Thomas Becket, Archbishop and Martyr)”

Christmas 2: Boxing Day

This is how the child leads: A shepherd charged with feeding the grieved takes every stone hate hurls at him; a king and his page trudge through charity’s snow; boxes are filled with surplus things; the lion lies down with the lamb. We who eat from Plenty’s horn, flush with leftovers, paper scraps, beneath theContinue reading “Christmas 2: Boxing Day”

Christmas 2: Never Faint Nor Fear

Today, as well as the day for the year’s biggest sales, is also Boxing Day and, as the mysterious carol “Good King Wenceslas” should remind us, St Stephen’s Day. Most likely the Stephen commemorated today was the one martyred in the Acts of the Apostles, so one tradition of today is to sing carols thatContinue reading “Christmas 2: Never Faint Nor Fear”