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Hopes and Fears

December 19th, 2015 · Comments Off on Hopes and Fears · Faith and the City

Christmas is for poets. The best verse for Yuletide tweaks our nostalgia. It prods our skepticism, too. It pushes past both the syrupy sweet and the sadly cynical places in our hearts. The best poetry ushers us into the mystery of God’s incarnation. How could the Eternal do a temporal act, The Infinite become a finite fact? […]

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Remembering the Stable

December 24th, 2012 · Comments Off on Remembering the Stable · Faith and the City

Good Readers and Friends, For about twenty years, ever since my friend Michael introduced me to it, W. H. Auden’s grand oratorio, For the Time Being, has been Christmas reading for me.  It is a long poem (written during World War II) that dances with the deep mystery of Christmas.  Along the way, Auden examines […]

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Christmas Stories

December 10th, 2010 · 7 Comments · Faith and the City

What are you reading? Every year, as Christmas approaches, I find myself drawn to various classic (and not-so-classic, but still wonderful) stories that capture the season for me. I like to read W.H. Auden’s “For the Time Being”—a powerful poem written during the dark days of the blitzkrieg in London in World War II.  It […]

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