“On the anniversary of the day on which the Gentiles had defiled it, on that very day [the 25th of Kislev] it was reconsecrated with songs, harps, flutes and cymbals ...
Things Seen and Unseen
A column by John Rieping that examines ideas and ideals of the world with a special focus on faith, philosophy, and social justice.
"Though blind men see no light, the sun doth shine.
Sweet cakes are sweet, though fevered tastes deny it.
Pearls precious are, though trodden on by swine;
SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO, Italy — This Maderan's wake-up call came early on Friday, Oct. 10. My neighbor’s snoring sawed through my consciousness not long after 4 a.m. to be exact.
SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO, Italy — Eighth century pilgrims from as far away as Ireland usually journeyed to Rome, Monte San Angelo, and Jerusalem to see for themselves these holy sites.
"No one supports me against all these [princes of evil] except Michael, your prince, standing as a reinforcement and a bulwark for me."
— Archangel Gabriel, Cf. Daniel 10:21; 11:1
"Come, forsake your city street!
Come to God’s own fields and meet October.
Not the lean, unkempt and brown
Counterfeit that haunts the town..."
— T.A. Daly, “October”
"If I am right, Thy grace impart
Still in the right to stay;
If I am wrong, oh, teach my heart
To find the better way!"
— Alexander Pope, "Universal Prayer"