Text & Talk with Dr Patrick: 13 January 2024

America and the Irish

The battle of the Boyne in July 1690 decided the fate of James III, who fled to France, which assured the Protestant Ascendancy. How land ownership in Ireland moved into the hands of absent English aristocracy is a longer story, but it is the essential element in Irish history. At mid 19th century native Irishmen owned very little of the land that is Ireland. Most of it was in the hands of middlemen who collected the rents from the landlords and may never have visited the plantations. The famine of 1842-1850 triggered an unprecedented immigration, mostly to the United States, but also to Canada. Thousands took ship from the northwest in vessels frequently unseaworthy. Their destinations were often Boston, where ...
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Oppression and Its Victims in a Perfect World

Presented at Text & Talk with Dr Patrick – Saturday, 17 June 2023 Oppression and its victims are not to my knowledge topics heavily canvassed in Hebrew culture, classical or medieval culture.   It is remarkable that in the Old ...
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2023 Thomas Howard Lecture

CHANGE OF VENUE NOTICE: We will now meet in the Parish Center at Christ the King Church. Park and enter the building on the North Side of the church Register Now to Attend: Click Here to Register for the Thomas ...
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Felix Culpa, Happy Fault

Master, was this man guilty of sin, or was it his parents, that he should have been born blind. Neither he nor his parents, Jesus answered; it was so that God’s work might be made evident. John 9:1-3 There was ...
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From the Archives: George Orwell, Democratic Socialism, and 1984

Originally Presented at Text & Talk, August 15, 2020 George Orwell, Democratic Socialism, and 1984 Eric Arthur Blair, who later became George Orwell,  was born in 1903 in Motihari, Bihar, British India.  His great-grandfather, Charles Blair, was a wealthy country gentleman in Dorset who married ...
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Come, Lord Jesus

  “From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say,
"Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand
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Thoughts on the New Year

And a voice from the throne said, “Behold I make all things new.” Revelation 21:5 New Year’s Day has not always been January 1, for during the long Middle Ages it was the Feast of the Annunciation on March twenty-fifth ...
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You Are God’s Project: Merry Christmas

God created man in His own image; in the image of God he created him. God
breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. And he walked in the Garden in
the cool of the day, and He called Adam's name. "Where ...
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