Text & Talk – July 3rd, 2021

Bishops’ Dilemma

  This note is about what might seem to be a Catholic problem.  In fact it is everyman’s problem, for it involves deep questions about the natural law and human agency and integrity.        For the first one hundred fifty years of our national existence the chances that a Roman Catholic might win the presidency was not really a question.  And there was this: should such an unlikely event occur, the moral formation of such a person would not have been markedly unlike the moral formation of his Protestant neighbors.  Presbyterians and Baptists were just as morally firm, some would say rigid, as Catholics until the artificial birth control issue came up with Margaret Sanger’s campaigns of the ...
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The Poetry of Christmas

The Poetry of Christmas God gave us the great romance, for what could be more romantic than the story of the king born in a manger, his identity unknown to any but three great kings who follow his star to ...
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Thoughts on the Second Reading for Christmas Day

In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways
to our ancestors through the prophets;
in these last days, He has spoken to us through the Son,
whom He made heir of all things
and through whom He created the universe,
who is the ...
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Tom Wolfe and the Kingdom of Speech

The Kingdom of Speech:  Tom Wolfe / Little, Brown Pub. / 200 pages A complicated and brilliant book.  Perhaps the impetus for writing it came from the awareness that science, while in the 150 years that separates us from Darwin, ...
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What is the Immaculate Conception?

But Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child ...
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/ Dr. Patrick, Thoughts on Gospel

Was Tertullian Right?

Presented at The Lewis Tolkien Society's weekly Text & Talk meeting on Zoom, 05 December 2020. The second decade of the second Christian century saw the Church go through a crisis during which that which before was unresolved was clarified ...
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Lucan van Doetechum (1559-1593)

The Third Servant’s Story

Then the one who had received the one talent came forward and said
“Master, I knew you were a demanding person;

harvesting where you did not plant
and gathering where you did not scatter;
so out of fear I went off and buried your ...
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/ Dr. Patrick, Thoughts on Gospel

Are you Ready?

The bridegroom came
and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him.
Then the door was locked.
Afterwards the other virgins came and said,
‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’
But He said in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, I ...
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/ Dr. Patrick, Thoughts on Gospel

The 39th Annual Lewis Tolkien Lecture – ONLINE ONLY

A Note From Dr James Patrick Dear Friend of the Lewis-Tolkien Society,
THIS IS AN ONLINE ONLY EVENT. Due to covid complications the 39th Lewis Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Holly Ordway by Zoom at 7:30  on the evening ...
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