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What Will God Do When You Die?

Ranier Maria Rilke (internal link) was not the first to suggest that perhaps God depends on us as much as we on him, but Rilke was certainly the most gifted when it came to conveying that thought. What will you … Continue reading

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On a Cat Ageing

On a Cat Ageing He blinks upon the hearth-rug, and yawns in deep content, accepting all the comforts that Providence has sent. Louder he purrs, and louder, in one glad hymn of praise for all the night’s adventures, for quiet, … Continue reading

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The Elephant’s Child by Rudyard Kipling

Endless campaigns abroad are not something unique to America. I am amazed with Kipling’s brevity and wit. The Elephant’s Child by Rudyard Kipling Just So Stories (1902) I Keep six honest serving-men: (They taught me all I knew) Their names … Continue reading

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Ranier Maria Rilke and Ignatian Spirituality

Thumbing through Rilke’s Poems from the Book of Hours (internal link), I came across this stanza: You are the deep epitome of things that keeps its being’s secret with locked lip, and shows itself to others otherwise: to the ship, … Continue reading

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For The Joy of Reading

By Lewis Carroll. From Alice in Wonderland. Illustration by Sir John Tenniel. “You are old, Father William,” the young man said, “And your hair has become very white; And yet you incessantly stand on your head— Do you think, at your … Continue reading

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Can You Sell Confusion?

“I am circling around God, around the ancient tower, and I have been circling for a thousand years, and I still don’t know if I am a falcon, or a storm, or a great song.” Rainer Maria Rilke, Rainer Maria Rilke’s … Continue reading

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I Hurled My Youth Into A Grave

Robert W. Service was a little like Kipling (internal link). They were contemporaries, although continents apart. Both adventurers, they lived the life they wrote about. Although Jack London is most associated with the Far North and the Yukon Gold Rush, … Continue reading

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